Letter: Williamstown Elementary School Committee & Side-by-Side Program

The town deserves an explanation as to why you will not restore full-day Side by Side; again on June 8, the committee spoke around the question for about an hour, but never actually provided an explanation. We as a community need an answer.

Letter: Williamstown Planning Board & Open Meeting Law

The Planning Board's position should surprise no one. It is erroneous for the Planning Board to assume that simply because the three members of the Board were not present in the same room at the same time, thereby not achieving a quorum, that an Open Meeting Law violation did not occur.

Del Gallo Challenges Democratic Candidates to Spending Limits

The following is an open letter from Rinaldo Del Gallo III, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate: During the first week of April, I sent my fellow candidates an email asking them to agree to voluntary spending limits. Many progressives I have spoken to feel it is an excellent idea. I herein resubmit an open letter on the subject of spending limits, debates, and columns in local papers. This offer, previously submitted in early April, I offer for 10 days after publication...

Guest Column: Bans on Plastic Bags Gaining Ground

Recently, there have been a series of single-use plastic bag bans. There has been a ban in Lee, a ban in Lenox, and last night a ban in Adams. Lenox was done by the Board of Health. In Lee, the ban on single-use plastic bags was done by town meeting where it won by considerable margin. In a similar manner, Lee and Lenox banned the use of Styrofoam.

Letter: Vote Dan Caplinger for Williamstown School Committee

My name is Dan Caplinger, and I'm running for re-election to the Williamstown Elementary School Committee. I've served on the committee since 2012 and became its chair in June 2015. I've also served in related roles on other local school committees, including the superintendency union committee between Lanesborough and Williamstown and committees concerning Mount Greylock regionalization and the selection of the current Tri-District superintendent.

Letter: Gardner Has Skills, Experience for Planning Board

Williamstown residents are fortunate to have someone of Sarah Gardner's experience and skills willing to serve on its Planning Board. Don't be fooled by the notion that good business decisions and good planning decisions are at odds. They go together like chips and dip.

Letter: Support Sarah Gardner for Williamstown Planning Board

Last fall, the Select Board and the Planning Board jointly appointed Sarah Gardner to the vacant seat on the Planning Board, electing her from among a slate of strong candidates. I voted for Gardner then without hesitation, and I will do so again on Tuesday, when she goes up against another accomplished candidate for a five-year seat on the board.

Letter: Caplinger for Williamstown School Committee

I am pleased to endorse Dan Caplinger for the Williamstown Elementary School Committee. I had the privilege of working with Dan on the WES committee for several years. I was consistently impressed with Dan's dedication to children, understanding of the budget, and willingness to do all the hard work this position requires.

Letter: Support Sarah Gardner for Planning Board

Without reservation, I support Sarah Gardner for the five-year term on the embattled Williamstown Planning Board. Although Sarah has been much maligned in some circles for her stance on the Mike Deep/Waubeeka Zoning change, those of us who have actually attended Planning Board meetings and the hearing (and/or watched the meetings or the hearing on WilliNet) know that the negative comments about Sarah are not based on fact.

Letter: Support Dan Caplinger for School Committee

It is vital for the School Committee to have a critical mass of "institutional memory." If Dan is not re-elected, the committee will have four of five members with one year or less experience. In the last year and a half alone, the school has had three superintendents, and two business managers. Dan has the personal memories that explain how we have arrived at where we are today, and that can inform how to proceed tomorrow.

Letter: Water Protection and Size at Waubeeka

If one only reads previous articles about the Waubeeka proposal to build a "country inn" just south of the Five Corners Historic District in Williamstown, you would think that there is a grand conspiracy to stifle development and thwart business growth by a selfish group of abuttors and tree-hugging conservationists. The devil is in the details.

Letter: Anthony Birthplace Museum Supports Scenic Rail

I understand the Scenic Railway in the Berkshires is nearly complete. Only one mile needs to be laid in order to access North Adams and the town of Adams. The cost still needed is for the labor, not the materials.

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