Winchester Star: Opinion

  • Letter to the editor: State Sen. Jason Lewis thanks supporters
    Thursday - 11/15/2018 - 01:08 PM

    Thank you to all the voters who placed their trust in me to continue to serve as your state senator. I am honored to represent you.Thank you to our amazing volunteers and student interns who enabled us to run a strong grassroots campaign.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: Community Support after Tragic Shooting in Pittsburgh Synagogue
    Saturday - 11/10/2018 - 02:14 PM

    Community Support after Tragic Shooting in Pittsburgh SynagogueAs we continue to reflect on last Saturday's tragic killings in the Tree of Life synagogue of Pittsburgh, we mourn those who ventured out on what they thought would be a day of worship and we grieve for a community—in Pittsburgh, our country, and around the world--that has once again been targeted for its religious beliefs.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: Neighbors support rezoning proposal
    Wednesday - 11/07/2018 - 03:20 PM

    In support of Article 11On Thursday, November 8th, 2018, the Winchester Planning Board presents Article 11 to Town Meeting Members, which supports the rezoning of North Main Street (the area that stretches along Rt.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Holmes: America’s first traitor
    Sunday - 11/04/2018 - 06:47 AM

    George Washington looked north from what is now called Trophy Point at a spectacular view of mountains, rivers and cliffs. He wasn’t the first or last to marvel at that landscape.But Washington saw more than the scenery.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • CHRIS FLISHER: Rethinking relationships
    Monday - 10/29/2018 - 10:00 AM

    Week of Oct. 29As October winds down to a spooky ending with Halloween, we see Mercury ingress into Sagittarius and Venus (still in retrograde) move back into Libra, where it is exalted.Venus will continue in retrograde motion until Nov.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letters to the editor: In support of Caroline Colarusso
    Monday - 10/29/2018 - 12:47 AM

    ‘Nothing happens until there’s an election’Winchester will soon be facing significant and costly operational overrides. Our schools are bursting at the seams with increasing growth in student population. State 40b projects will be adding to that growth.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • LETTERS: Residents respond to proposed zoning changes
    Saturday - 10/27/2018 - 01:22 PM

    Resident against proposed zoning changesIn 1904 my grandmother moved to Winchester and over 100 years later, my family is proudly still here. I love this town and I know its character well.Recently, the Planning Board proposed an initiative that would rezone 39 properties on or near Main Street, including my home on Water Street, located directly across from Winchester Optical.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Holmes: The return of psychedelics
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 03:17 AM

    CAMBRIDGE – They are the plagues that define our times: Addiction, depression, PTSD, suicide.Drug overdoses killed 72,000 Americans last year. The death toll from alcohol and cigarette addiction is even higher.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Holmes: See you at the polls
    Sunday - 10/14/2018 - 04:47 AM

    I’m an old-fashioned voter.I like voting in person on Election Day. I smile at the folks holding signs outside the polling place, and sometimes stop to chat. I often see people I know.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: Glen Doherty Memorial board thanks community
    Friday - 10/12/2018 - 04:16 PM

    On behalf of the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation board, I would like to thank the Winchester community and surrounding towns for helping us honor Glen in our 6th annual Road Race on Sept.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • PADULA: Are the DPH, cannabis commission listening to us?
    Thursday - 11/15/2018 - 06:51 AM

    The past two weeks have been quite disappointing for medical cannabis patients and advocates in the Commonwealth, as the Cannabis Control Commission announced recently it will not revisit or amend the ailing medical cannabis industry until next year.Since its inception in 2012, the Massachusetts medical cannabis industry has been overseen by the Department of Public Health, or DPH.Even with the DPH’s oversight, there have been many illegal and immoral [...]

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  • Letter to the editor: Church thanks the community
    Saturday - 11/10/2018 - 02:14 PM

    Thank you to the communitySecond Congregational Church of Winchester (UCC) extends heartfelt thanks to all who helped make our annual Pumpkin Patch a success. For fifteen years, the community of Winchester has helped make a difference in thousands of people’s lives just by buying pumpkins from our annual Patch.The pumpkins and gourds are grown on Native American (Navajo and Pueblo) lands in New Mexico, where unemployment is 42%.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Megliola: It was a wonderful season for Red Sox Nation in so many ways
    Sunday - 11/04/2018 - 04:26 AM

    We’re all about the numbers when it comes to sports. Numbers after a game tell us who won and lost. Years remind us of great successes and disappointments. The Patriots won their first Super Bowl in 2001.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • CANNABIS IN MASSACHUSETTS -- Don't rush into a job just yet
    Thursday - 11/01/2018 - 12:32 PM

    As the recreational cannabis industry gears up, it's easy to see why people throughout the state might be excited at the prospect of working in the industry.For these job-seekers, there is no shortage of opportunities.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letters to the editor: In support of Caroline Colarusso
    Sunday - 10/28/2018 - 11:00 PM

    ‘Nothing happens until there’s an election’Winchester will soon be facing significant and costly operational overrides. Our schools are bursting at the seams with increasing growth in student population. State 40b projects will be adding to that growth.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Holmes: Remember the Forgotten Coast
    Sunday - 10/28/2018 - 01:07 AM

    They call it the Forgotten Coast, and the name seems appropriate for a stretch of sand that seems to have been passed over by Florida’s development.It isn’t cosmopolitan Miami, glitzy Fort Lauderdale or sprawling Tampa-St.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • CHRIS FLISHER: A volatile week awaits
    Monday - 10/22/2018 - 11:00 AM

    Week of Oct. 22An especially volatile week awaits us as Uranus stirs the pot of rebellion and opposes the Sun. At the same time we have a mid-week full Moon at 1 degree of Taurus that stands in direct conjunction (alignment) with Uranus.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Holmes: The return of psychedelics
    Sunday - 10/21/2018 - 04:47 AM

    CAMBRIDGE – They are the plagues that define our times: Addiction, depression, PTSD, suicide.Drug overdoses killed 72,000 Americans last year. The death toll from alcohol and cigarette addiction is even higher.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Poem: Summertime
    Friday - 10/12/2018 - 06:47 PM

    SummertimeThe summertime solstice is officially the dateWhen the season we love seals our fateHeat, humidity, swimsuits, sandals in handWe head for the beaches – life is so grand. July is the warmest month of the yearJanuary is when ice forms on our beerThe long hours of daylight are much funThey recharge the soul until it’s done. Day lilies and tigers all in full bloomWhat a lovely [...]

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  • Letter to the editor: A nurse’s perspective on Question 1
    Friday - 10/12/2018 - 04:16 PM

    As a registered nurse with more than 40 years of nursing experience, I feel compelled to help voters understand the negative impact Massachusetts Ballot Question 1 will have on hospitals, patients and communities across the state.If approved by voters, Question 1 will mandate nurse to patient staffing ratios at the cost of more than $1 billion statewide.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter to the editor: Big results from call for diabetes supplies
    Thursday - 11/15/2018 - 01:08 PM

    A few weeks ago, I asked people to donate their insulin supplies to me in honor of Alec Raeshawn Smith, a Type 1 diabetic who couldn’t afford the insulin he needed to live.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: Resident urges to vote 'No' on Article 11
    Wednesday - 11/07/2018 - 03:20 PM

    Resident urges to vote 'No' on Article 11“We looked at the properties and tried to determine what their current use was… I guess that was the depth of our analysis.”Sadly, this is a quote from Winchester Planning Board Chairman, Diab Jerius, as he explained on 9/11/18 how Article 11 came to include the rezoning of 39 properties along the North Main Street corridor.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Holmes: America’s first traitor
    Sunday - 11/04/2018 - 04:02 AM

    George Washington looked north from what is now called Trophy Point at a spectacular view of mountains, rivers and cliffs. He wasn’t the first or last to marvel at that landscape.But Washington saw more than the scenery.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • CANNABIS IN MASSACHUSETTS -- Don't rush into a job just yet
    Thursday - 11/01/2018 - 12:47 PM

    As the recreational cannabis industry gears up, it's easy to see why people throughout the state might be excited at the prospect of working in the industry.For these job-seekers, there is no shortage of opportunities.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • CHRIS FLISHER: Rethinking relationships
    Monday - 10/29/2018 - 12:47 PM

    Week of Oct. 29As October winds down to a spooky ending with Halloween, we see Mercury ingress into Sagittarius and Venus (still in retrograde) move back into Libra, where it is exalted.Venus will continue in retrograde motion until Nov.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letters to the editor: Vote ‘yes’ on Question 3
    Saturday - 10/27/2018 - 01:22 PM

    Vote ‘yes’ on Question 3As a teacher, I recently had the privilege to watch a family in our school community lovingly support their transgender child through the difficult process of “coming out.” I had known this child for several years, and it was heartwarming to see his relief and joy in being able to embrace his true gender identity.It horrifies me to think how repeal of Massachusetts’ important civil rights legislation to [...]

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  • Letter to the editor: Re-elect state Rep. Michael Day
    Friday - 10/26/2018 - 06:06 PM

    I write in support of State Representative Michael Day’s re-election. As a Selectman I work closely with Mike and can attest to his commitment to serving our community and his effectiveness at bringing people together to solve problems.As our State Representative, Mike is on the front lines of every tough issue, whether it be advocating for a new commuter rail station, increasing school funding or fighting the opioid epidemic.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • PADULA: Consider growing your own cannabis
    Thursday - 10/18/2018 - 09:20 AM

    “Marijuana may actually have been the world’s first agricultural crop -- leading to civilization itself.” -- Carl Sagan, 1977The legal right to cultivate cannabis isn’t exclusive to the out-of-state corporations who have been able to put a stranglehold on the still-hypothetical commercial market.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Poem: Summertime
    Friday - 10/12/2018 - 04:16 PM

    SummertimeThe summertime solstice is officially the dateWhen the season we love seals our fateHeat, humidity, swimsuits, sandals in handWe head for the beaches – life is so grand. July is the warmest month of the yearJanuary is when ice forms on our beerThe long hours of daylight are much funThey recharge the soul until it’s done. Day lilies and tigers all in full bloomWhat a lovely [...]

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  • Social Security, Medicare must be protected
    Thursday - 10/11/2018 - 09:57 AM

    Since 1935, Americans have relied on Social Security upon retirement. Today, almost two-thirds of seniors count on Social Security for most of their income and another one-third for the entirety of it.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share