Readers Write, June 4, 2018

Sunday, June 03, 2018
The fly, spider and bee

“I cannot acquiesce to your unfair and outrageous demands,” said the fly to the spider.

“My vote,” said the mayor, “is the same as the horse’s neigh!” These sentences contain just two of the words encountered in last year’s Greenfield Public Library’s Annual Spelling Bee. They will not appear this year, the third annual event, but you can bet there/their/they’re will be other demons offered to test the metal/medal/mettle of those courageous spelling queens and kings who dare to put they’re/their/there skills on the line, all in the name of fun and support for the GPL.

The bee will be held at the Second Congregational Church on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Save the date, or better yet, organize a team of three stouthearted spellers, dress up, and join in the fun.

Refreshments, a raffle, and a good time will be had by awl/all. Be there/they’re/their or be/bee square.

Barry McColgan


Retail pot not set in Bernardston yet

I am writing to help dispel the illusion that some Bernardston voters have that recreational marijuana sales have been settled by the last town vote. It hasn’t.

Those opposed need to go to the town meeting on June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Regional School to vote again, this time by a two-thirds majority to override the original vote in 2016.

Also, some townspeople have stated that the recreational sales will bring the property tax rate down in Bernardston. For the potential (up to) 3 percent tax on pot sales to lower the property tax rate, we will have to see an atomic bomb sized marijuana cloud settle over the town.

And the state is not a reliable partner of tax distribution, as we have seen in reimbursement for state mandates and programs.

John I. Burgess