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By Nicole Pelletier, MS, CSCS - Professor of Contemporary Health & Natural Sciences and parent of two, young, school age children in GDRSD.      The debate about pushing school start times for high school students often neglects to include the conversation about the impact on elementary school...

Oprah in Lowell announcing her matching gift of $1.5 million in scholarshps.

 In the best show-biz tradition, with the timing of a skilled impresario, Oprah Winfrey dropped the biggest news of the night at the perfect moment.  After UMASS Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney announced that the university had raised more than $1.5 million for scholarships  on Thursday, Nov. 15...
The Building Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement, administration and interpretation of Groton’s Zoning bylaws.  Since the town’s zoning bylaws can be confusing and contradictory, careful discernment of bylaws is an important part of the job. In a small town such as Groton, the Building...
Last week the Groton Herald published a story titled ‘Flo Ro & Swallow Union Schools Ace MCAS.’ The story, based on a letter released by Superintendent Chesson, extols Groton-Dunstable’s elementary schools’ achievement of being recognized statewide for high MCAS test scores.     In addition to...
Two weeks ago the Groton Herald published a front-page story about the predicament of John Reilly and Heather Rhodes, two Lost Lake residents caught in a hall-of-mirrors enforcement of our bylaws, zoning bylaws that don’t pass the basic test of commonsense or civic decency. The Herald story...
Voters will be asked to decide whether to approve a more restrictive marijuana bylaw at Fall Town Meeting. Some will see this as an easy vote, a ‘no brainer’ with no downside.  Approving a more restrictive bylaw is an easy way to protect us from the unknown. Why not let other towns handle...
We’ve tried liberalism and conservatism and now we’re trying populism. Maybe the next era of public life will be defined by a resurgence of localism.    Localism is the belief that power should be wielded as much as possible at the neighborhood, city and state levels. Localism is thriving — as a...
From Farewell Address to the People of Cavendish Vermont by famed writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Solzhenitsyn lived in Cavendish VT for 20 years after being forcibly exiled from the Soviet Union:        "I have observed here in Cavendish, and in the surrounding towns the sensible and sure process...
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...

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