MetroWest Daily News: Fixing Framingham’s weak link

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By Rick Holmes Opinions/Mass. Political Editor I no longer get paid to give advice to Framingham voters, so this one is on the house. For 30 years, as an editor at the MetroWest Daily News and, before that, the Middlesex News, I’ve watched Framingham politics from the sidelines, cheering its progress and criticizing things that weren’t working. With Framingham voters … Read More

4 Reasons Why I, as a Teacher, Support the Charter

FraminghamIdeas, Why I am Voting Yes

As someone who cares deeply about education, I’ve thought carefully about the charter and its impact on schools and the School Committee. From a teacher’s point of view, here are four major reasons I’m supporting the Charter. A Council structure is more fair. Many of us became teachers because we believe deeply in equity. All students in front of us … Read More

A Framingham that is Inclusive for All of Us

FraminghamWhy I am Voting Yes

As a Disability Advocate and Town Meeting member, I try to ensure that Framingham is a welcoming, inclusive and accessible community for all. Often times those in the disability community feel their concerns and needs are not being heard or appropriately addressed. State and federal law clearly outline accessibility requirements for public facilities. These issues must be handled in a … Read More

Nostalgia Won’t Pay My Tax Bill!

FraminghamWhy I am Voting Yes

Would you rather live in the oldest, largest town in Massachusetts or in a municipality known for its transparency, accountability and most importantly, equal representation of its citizens? Currently I serve as chairwoman of the Planning Board and have served on the ZBA, Town Meeting, Standing Committee of Public Works and the Government Study Committee over the past 25 years. … Read More

This Charter Does Not Change Our Values – Just How We Implement Them

FraminghamIdeas, Why I am Voting Yes

For the past forty-two years I have lived, worked, played, prayed and raised my family in Framingham with my husband Martin, a seventy year resident who grew up on Irving Street on the prison property where his Irish immigrant father worked.  I grew up in downtown Waltham.  My parents knew their ward councilor. They also knew their at-large councilors.  Whenever … Read More

We Can No Longer Afford To Miss Opportunities

FraminghamWhy I am Voting Yes

Whole Foods recently announced the relocation of their Regional Headquarters from Cambridge to Marlborough. The Rockport Group recently opened their new global headquarters in Newton. GE Healthcare Life Sciences opened their North American headquarters in Marlborough. Clark’s Americas moved to Waltham last fall.  Was Framingham ever in the running for any of these opportunities?  Probably not. Framingham never had a … Read More

Wanted: A Collective Vision for Framingham

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Much has been said about the lack of accountability, transparency, integrity and efficiency in our current government as reasons to vote for the Home Rule Charter – all good reasons — but what about our sense of community.  Framingham lacks any clear vision or long-term plan. Consider Framingham’s motto: “Dedicated to Excellence in Public Service”. It seems that we are … Read More