The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the online edition of the Belmont Citizen Herald on March 18, 2021. In just a few weeks, Belmont faces a crucial vote in our local election. Though it’s easy to […]
The following Guest Commentary was published in the online edition of the Belmont Citizen Herald on March 18, 2021. As a senior in high school, I’ve been thinking a lot about my future. I think about the hopes […]
The following Guest Commentary appeared in the online edition of the Belmont Citizen Herald on March 18, 2021. I have not written a column in a while, but I feel the need to speak out on why we […]
The following Guest Commentary appeared in the online edition of the Belmont Citizen Herald on March 18, 2021. As the April 6 override approaches, my career leading nonprofit, government, and higher education institutions informs my perspective. I support […]
An update from the YES for Belmont including information on the impact of federal COVID relief funds on Belmont’s budget. (Spoiler alert: they’re not going to solve all of our budget problems.) Also: a recap of the first debate and letters of support from across the Belmont community.
Our kids are “grown and flown,” so should we really care so much about the schools and rec programs? We are not ready to downsize, and we are not yet senior citizens, do we need to support programs for seniors? Do we really need to address town-wide issues now if they can wait a couple more years? The answer to all these is “yes.”
In the debate about whether to support an override, there is one thing I think everyone can agree upon: No one likes to see their taxes increase. However, I think the adage “you get what you pay for” also applies, writes Jack Weis of Belmont on the pending Proposition 2 1/2 Override.
Belmont’s public library is only one of many elements of life in Belmont that will be impacted if the April override fails. But it’s one that is close to my heart and improves quality of life for residents of all ages. Join me in voting “yes” on April 6 to preserve library services.
Belmont resident and music teacher Mike Reavey writes asking residents to “support the override to give our young learners the opportunity to build their identity through music, the arts, and other programs that could suffer setbacks.“
“I know how cathartic a ‘no’ vote might feel after a year of seemingly endless restrictions,” writes Belmont’s Justin Hard. “Please resist that urge. Instead, let’s keep our wits about us and put enough gas in the proverbial tank to get us across the COVID-19 divide and into 2022 and beyond. Vote ‘yes’ ‘ on the override on April 6.”