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At the national and state levels of government, politics is a spectator sport, even a blood sport. At those levels - after voting - there is little anyone can do to influence policy or change the direction of debate. But in our Town Meeting form of government, every voter is a legislator; every...
Last fall a proposal to fund ten new public safety positions, including five full-time firefighters, was slipped onto the Town Meeting warrant without input from the Select Board or the Finance Committee. After the public outcry, the Select Board removed the article  from the warrant with the...
It is hard to know how the Prescott School property might be used 25, 50 or 100 years from now. But with intense pricing pressure squeezing families out from Boston suburbs to the exurbs, the Prescott property will only become more valuable as a lynchpin for civic interaction and integration. To...
Each member of our Select Board is a good and honorable person. We are fortunate they volunteer to serve in a job requiring a huge time commitment without pay.    Despite the fundamental integrity of each member of the Board, their collective decision to grant a multi hundred-thousand-dollar...
  Looking back on the process leading to the granting of the Indian Hill Music School Building Permit fee discount, there are lessons to learn and people to thank. Perhaps the most important lesson is that a single person standing up for common sense and the truth makes all the difference when...
As of now, there is no resolution for Prescott School's future. Claims concerning "change of use" and building codes and what impact these may have on this historic building in the heart of Main Street seem to change almost weekly. There is no coherent vision to move forward and there seems to be...
Arriving at a Senior Center building plan has been a multi-year journey - a fraught, contentious march through hair-pulling, teeth-grinding frustration. But, the work done by the Council on Aging and the Senior Center Building committee has resulted in something extraordinary: a synthesis of...
This year at Groton’s Annual Town Meeting on April 30, voters in Groton will take up the topic of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers, and their possible designation as a “Wild and Scenic Rivers”. Groton has been participating with nine Massachusetts and two New Hampshire towns as part...

Spirit Rock: "I think it was very disrespectful that a group of students blatantly made the decision to paint over the artwork on the rock that was written to promote the Parkland Rally."  

The "spirit rock," located near the entrance to the high school campus, is there solely to promote events at the high school and the school's administration has made that purpose very clear. Prior to April 3 the rock had a message painted on it announcing the date of the Parkland Rally that took...
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Shortage  Constrains Economy & Makes Life Hard For Many “Our affordable housing shortage has placed the commonwealth’s financial health at risk,” said Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop), chair of the Committee on Housing. “The housing bond bill is the first step...

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