Winchester Star: Opinion

  • Chris Flisher: Encountering dominant influence
    Monday - 09/17/2018 - 11:44 AM

    Week of Sept. 17The most dominant influence we are likely to encounter this week includes Mars and Uranus. As mentioned before, these two planets often form a caustic and explosive combination.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: State Sen. Jason Lewis thanks voters
    Sunday - 09/16/2018 - 10:33 AM

    Thank you to all the voters who participated in yesterday’s primary election! When many people around the world are fighting -- and sometimes even dying -- for the right to self-determination, we must never take our democracy for granted.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 9/11 - The story of our lives
    Tuesday - 09/11/2018 - 06:47 PM

    The following commentary was part of a special section marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the country and is being republished on the 17th anniversary of 9/11.There must have been other news stories that day.Tuesday was production day for several of our weekly newspapers and we started off that morning like so many before — just planning to put this week's paper out.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Padula: Are we really sure cannabis leads to impaired driving?
    Thursday - 09/06/2018 - 08:38 AM

    I wasn’t planning to write a column exploring whether there’s a correlation between cannabis consumption and auto collisions. However, that recently changed after a television public service announcement caught my attention.The new “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign hit television and the internet the end of August.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Holmes: The politics of a mountain’s name
    Sunday - 09/02/2018 - 05:39 AM

    Talkeetna, ALASKA – This is a small frontier town, lacking in amenities like sidewalks, storm drains and paved parking lots. So we slogged through the Alaska mud to get to the rain-swollen Susitna River.On the other side, wrapped in clouds, is the reason people come to Talkeetna: the highest peak in North America.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • PADULA: Is social consumption derailing recreational marijuana rollout?
    Thursday - 08/23/2018 - 02:46 PM

    There are few things on Earth with the ability to connect such a widely diverse population as the cannabis plant. Its role as a common denominator is far-reaching, weaving through all corners of society.If you have been following, or at least attempting to follow, recreational cannabis’ wild ride through the state, you’ve most likely heard the term “social consumption” a ton lately.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: Abutters seek to ban children’s movie night at Boat Club
    Saturday - 08/18/2018 - 10:47 AM

    It seems to me that any community would be thrilled to have a resource like the Winchester Boat Club. Let’s take stock. The club provides recreation, swimming and sailing lessons for 300 Winchester families, engaging ~600 kids in summer programs.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: response to local traffic concerns
    Friday - 08/10/2018 - 12:41 PM

    I read with interest last week’s article titled “Technology making local traffic difficult.” We on Eaton Street and Eaton Court feel for the people on Myrtle Terrace and Winthrop Street Extension.Years ago, we requested a traffic study due to the heavy traffic (and speeders) on Eaton Street, which connects Highland Avenue and Washington Street, and is also a popular route to and from the high school.The town granted our request and did the study on Labor [...]

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  • Letter: Winchester Boat Club zoning issues
    Friday - 08/10/2018 - 12:41 PM

    With regard to the ZBA rejection of the Winchester Boat Club’s plans to build a storage shed on its land, it’s worth noting the irony of the ZBA’s rejection based largely on a perceived lack of community benefit.It would be too easy to bill this as a classic “David vs Goliath” struggle, with the Boat Club imposing its size to purposefully oppress its neighbors for its own gain.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Padula: What does your trusted doctor think about cannabis?
    Thursday - 08/09/2018 - 05:36 PM

    We're more than a month into retail cannabis being legal, although it is still uncertain when sales will actually begin under the new state legalities. Those awarded licenses must now begin the long and winding bureaucratic journey to legal sale.And while storefront sale may be more than a month away, it got me thinking.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: Guns, the wall and sanctuary cities
    Sunday - 09/16/2018 - 12:47 PM

    Mollie Tibbetts’ murder by an illegal Mexican alien is another horrific example of the obvious advantage of carrying a gun. If Mollie were carrying a jogger’s 9 mm special, she could have defended herself.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Sanctuaries impact police
    Sunday - 09/16/2018 - 10:43 AM

    Recently you may have heard that Beacon Hill Legislators introduced a dangerous budget amendment formerly known as the so-called “Safe” Communities Act. This amendment, thankfully was not slipped into this year’s budget, and if it was, it would have essentially made Massachusetts a Sanctuary State.When a community or a state is considered a “Sanctuary,” it’s local law enforcement agencies are immediately impacted negatively.What does [...]

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  • QUIZ: What's your NFL IQ?
    Friday - 09/07/2018 - 08:06 PM

    Think you're a gridiron guru? Take our quiz to find out your NFL IQ.

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  • Padula: Are we really sure cannabis leads to impaired driving?
    Thursday - 09/06/2018 - 10:47 AM

    I wasn’t planning to write a column exploring whether there’s a correlation between cannabis consumption and auto collisions. However, that recently changed after a television public service announcement caught my attention.The new “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign hit television and the internet the end of August.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Chris Flisher: Mars becomes a hero
    Monday - 08/27/2018 - 04:20 AM

    Week of Aug. 27The planet Mars is the hero this week as it stations to go direct after roughly two months of retrograde action. All planets enter into retrograde cycles (except the Sun and Moon) and all take a back seat or are less influential when that happens.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • PADULA: Is social consumption derailing recreational marijuana rollout?
    Thursday - 08/23/2018 - 04:47 PM

    There are few things on Earth with the ability to connect such a widely diverse population as the cannabis plant. Its role as a common denominator is far-reaching, weaving through all corners of society.If you have been following, or at least attempting to follow, recreational cannabis’ wild ride through the state, you’ve most likely heard the term “social consumption” a ton lately.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • POLL: What are you buying during the tax holiday weekend?
    Friday - 08/10/2018 - 04:39 PM

    For the first time in three years, Massachusetts shoppers will have an opportunity to buy a new recliner, lawn mower or big-screen TV without paying the 6.25 percent sales tax.On Saturday, Aug.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • POLL: What are you buying during the tax holiday weekend?
    Friday - 08/10/2018 - 06:47 PM

    For the first time in three years, Massachusetts shoppers will have an opportunity to buy a new recliner, lawn mower or big-screen TV without paying the 6.25 percent sales tax.On Saturday, Aug.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: three topics of concern
    Friday - 08/10/2018 - 12:42 PM

    Letters have been my way of voting. The idea of waiting every two years to file a national ballot is not enough, when there are multiple issues which present themselves every day.I began writing to the Star in the 1960s.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • POLL: How far will the 2018 Boston Red Sox go?
    Monday - 08/06/2018 - 12:25 PM

    The Boston Red Sox' historic season just keeps rolling! Trailing the Yankees 4-1 in the eighth inning Sunday night, the resilient Red Sox came back in the 10th to beat New York 5-4 and complete the four-game sweep at Fenway.At an astounding 79-34, Boston now has a 9-1/2 game lead over the Yankees in the American League East and by far the best record in Major League Baseball.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: Guns, the wall and sanctuary cities
    Sunday - 09/16/2018 - 10:33 AM

    Mollie Tibbetts’ murder by an illegal Mexican alien is another horrific example of the obvious advantage of carrying a gun. If Mollie were carrying a jogger’s 9 mm special, she could have defended herself.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • 9/11 - The story of our lives
    Tuesday - 09/11/2018 - 03:56 PM

    The following commentary was part of a special section marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the country and is being republished on the 17th anniversary of 9/11.There must have been other news stories that day.Tuesday was production day for several of our weekly newspapers and we started off that morning like so many before — just planning to put this week's paper out.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Residents express their views about Boat Club
    Friday - 09/07/2018 - 04:11 PM

    Writers supports boat club We are writing to express concern about the ongoing situation faced by the Winchester Boat Club, and to ask our town officials to intervene on behalf of our over 300 family members, and the many more who enjoy some use of this community resource. As members since 1998, our family, including four sons, has enjoyed the collegial experience of learning to swim, [...]

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  • Chris Flisher: Mercury to provide conversations, order, service
    Monday - 09/03/2018 - 09:00 AM

    Week of Sept. 3The week ahead provides us a glimpse of what the influence of Mercury has on the cosmos. Mercury will step into Virgo this week. Mercury is the ruler of Virgo and therefore provides a platform for detailed conversations, order, and service.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Holmes: The politics of a mountain’s name
    Sunday - 09/02/2018 - 06:47 AM

    Talkeetna, ALASKA – This is a small frontier town, lacking in amenities like sidewalks, storm drains and paved parking lots. So we slogged through the Alaska mud to get to the rain-swollen Susitna River.On the other side, wrapped in clouds, is the reason people come to Talkeetna: the highest peak in North America.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Chris Flisher: An opportunity for change
    Monday - 08/20/2018 - 08:33 AM

    Week of Aug. 20After roughly three weeks of retrograde motion, the tiny, yet influential planet of Mercury, stations direct to begin the week. While it is technically out of its retrograde period the few weeks that follow the station are also important because they represent the degrees which the planet reversed.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Editorial: No, we’re not your enemy
    Thursday - 08/16/2018 - 11:36 AM

    Editor's note: This morning we have joined the Boston Globe and hundreds of other newspapers across the country to address the threat posed to the media -- and to the citizens they serve -- by Trump's assault on the free press.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Letter: response to local traffic concerns
    Friday - 08/10/2018 - 02:47 PM

    I read with interest last week’s article titled “Technology making local traffic difficult.” We on Eaton Street and Eaton Court feel for the people on Myrtle Terrace and Winthrop Street Extension.Years ago, we requested a traffic study due to the heavy traffic (and speeders) on Eaton Street, which connects Highland Avenue and Washington Street, and is also a popular route to and from the high school.The town granted our request and did the study on Labor [...]

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  • Letters: In support of Samantha Hammar for State Senator
    Friday - 08/10/2018 - 12:41 PM

    In less than six weeks, right after Labor Day, voters in this district will have a chance to choose our state senator. In these times of growth and possibility for the Fifth Middlesex, which includes Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winchester, it’s important to choose a leader with drive and vision who represents the people who live here now, and who knows how to work collaboratively and decisively with constituents to craft the kind of future we want for our [...]

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  • Chris Flisher: Summer continues to unfold
    Monday - 08/06/2018 - 09:00 AM

    Week of Aug. 6The activity of the summer continues to unfold. Mercury, now retrograde, pairs up with the Sun and Moon late in the week on a new Moon Solar Eclipse.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share