Letter: Emergency?

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To the Editor:

I urge everyone reading this to recall a little history. Augustus Caesar took power and ended the Roman Republic because of an "emergency." He was supposed to be a "temporary" dictator. The emergency lasted over 1,000 years. Adolf Hitler became "fuhrer" because he was granted temporary "emergency" powers. That lasted until millions of people, including Der Fuhrer, died.

The person in the White House is not entitled to cook up his own "emergency." He has openly declared his admiration for dictators around the world, and would like to join their company. Seizing "emergency powers" to ram through a policy that Congress will not support is tantamount to seizing dictatorial powers. It is unconstitutional. It threatens the very foundations of our country.

I urge everyone reading this to contact your representatives and senators and demand that this person's threatened action be stopped. Act while we still have the freedom and time to act! Protect our country!

Jan Kuniholm
Cheshire, Mass.



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Cheshire Road Projects Underway

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The reconstruction of Maple Drive is expected to be substantially complete by the end of the week. 
"It's scheduled to receive the topcoat of blacktop on Friday, weather permitting, and that will leave just the aprons and then it will be complete. It's looking great up there and it's coming along really well," Highway Superintendent Robert Navin told the Select Board  on Tuesday.
The road project's been a few years in the making after it was bumped from the repairs list back in 2018 because of a delay in recording it after the town voted to accept it. Maple has been considered one of highest in need of repair and had scored a 39 out of a grade of 100 in a road report commissioned in 2017.
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