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As we approach the 248th anniversary of our country’s Declaration of Independence, Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Walter Hitchcock's statement, “Freedom is not free,” resonates powerfully. Despite decades of peace and prosperity, it is essential for us to reflect on the sacrifices that have secured...
At the top of the front page of every edition of this newspaper, the parts-per-million of CO2 equivalents for each week are shown. It is shocking to see the part-per-million creep relentlessly upward month-by-month, year-by-year so that the atmosphere now contains about 55% more CO2 than it did...
As the future of Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) hangs in the balance, the next few weeks will be critical in determining its fate. The hope is that a responsible new operator will be identified to ensure this vital hospital continues to serve the public health needs of our community....
Groton, like most cities and towns in Massachusetts, is facing a fiscal shortfall. Insufficient Chapter 70 school funding by the state, based upon a 4.5 percent inflation rate when the actual inflation rate hit eight percent, combined with a decline in enrollment, has left the town and School...
In the process of selecting candidates for critical roles like superintendent of schools, community engagement and transparent communication are essential. Unfortunately, the School Committee made no effort to publicize the venue and timing of the current superintendent interviews beyond the direct...
There is a proposal before the Select Board to transfer Groton dispatch services into a shared regional dispatch center in Pepperell. This proposal raises concerns about a potential decline in our town’s high-quality public-safety system. In our view, maintaining a dedicated and responsible public...
by Joshua Vollmar     “We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” So said Winston Churchill in 1943. Our built environment molds our lives in innumerable ways; locally, our town, created over centuries, is the backdrop of our daily life. But what if a different vision for the town center...
Democracy is in peril.  Each of us in the United States of America, the bastion of freedom throughout the world, must now take a stand to help the people of Ukraine become victorious over the Russian invaders.  This is not simply an act of generosity. It is a matter of democracy’s survival and a...
After having approved spending an additional 10 million dollars to complete the new elementary school, it feels shocking to be asked to spend another $10M to resolve the PFAS contamination at the High School. There is an understandable desire to just say ‘No! It’s too much.’     But, resolving this...
by Russell Harris The greatest barrier to exploring the full reach of Groton’s  extensive Conservation lands is fear - fear of getting lost. But there is a simple, tool that allows the inexperienced hiker to explore these lands with confidence. This tool is a smartphone loaded with a trails...

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