Letters, August 20, 2018

Published: 8/19/2018 5:59:27 AM
Public safety complex irresponsible

There is no benefit for Greenfield in a $60 million-plus safety complex lease. This is an irresponsible plan of the mayor’s.

Here are my top 14 most concerning elements of a proposed lease:

1. Minimum $60M cost over the life of the lease (30 years)

2. Guaranteed 2 percent compounding increase each year ($1.4M year one, $2.7M by year 30), PLUS other possible increases with no cap

3. Town pays ALL local, state, federal taxes for facility.

4. Town pays ALL insurance, utilities, maintenance, improvements.

5. Landlord gets ALL tax credits.

6. Landlord has no obligation to make any repairs or alterations beyond the roof and exterior walls.

7. If the landlord feels the city isn’t keeping the building up the way they want, they can perform the work without any agreement from the city and the city has to reimburse within five days.

8. Landlord can sell or transfer all rights, title and interest in the property at any time.

9. Prior to possession/during construction… Landlord can terminate the lease immediately without penalty and the city would have no right to any claim 10.

No information about the disposition of the property at the end of the lease.

11. Two exhibits cited in the lease contain NO information.

12. RFP submitted with packet has been altered.

13. No competitive pricing bids; Dyer Investment Company and Mowry & Schmidt partnered to create this proposal.

14. Out-of-state investor benefits entirely and controls the fate of this essential service to OUR community.

David Moscaritolo


Blais the choice

With the retirement of longtime state Rep. Steve Kulik, we in the 1st Franklin District will choose from seven Democratic candidates in the state primary election, which is less than a month away. Every community deserves elected officials who will fight vigorously and effectively for their constituents.

In 1st Franklin District, Natalie Blais is that person. Natalie is the candidate with the requisite combination of energy, experience, and leadership ability to serve our district. As a parent whose child has thrived in our outstanding rural school, I am deeply concerned about the effect of the current funding formula on our district. Natalie believes that public education should be fully supported with a revision of the outdated Chapter 70 funding formula, funding of universal pre-k, and reimbursement of public school transportation costs at 100 percent. She supports teachers, opposes high stakes testing, and seeks to fund the arts, music, and languages. Her education platform is robust and reflective of a commitment to advancing the district’s public schools, which are the heart of our communities.

Tellingly, Natalie is the only candidate with a plan for education funding, and she is uniquely positioned to get the job done. In her work as a congressional aide, as chief of staff to the chancellor of UMass Amherst, and as executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Natalie has distinguished herself as a true servant leader who has committed her life to helping people. She understands the unique needs of our region, she has demonstrated a tireless dedication to our communities, and she will fight to make a difference for our district in the state legislature.

Adina Giannelli


Slow down, Greenfield Police

Thank you Greenfield Police for all you do, but I have to chime in on driving too fast.

My family and I have lived on Leyden Road for 24 years. We are at a dangerous curve, just past Murphy Park, (which is a curve where accidents do happen). Heading north we have to make a left turn into our driveway.

The thought of a speeding car coming around this curve behind us while we are sitting for southbound cars to pass is frightening. There is nowhere for us to go. Please take this into consideration, police officers, as you speed up Leyden Road. Fire trucks and ambulances are able to slow down at this dangerous curve when they are responding to similar situations. Why can’t the police do the same?

To those considerate officers who do slow down, I thank you.

Many times I have had to call the Police Department to ask the officers to slow down. The call seems to work for a month or so, but that is about it. I know these may be life and death situations that you are responding to, but you may be causing another death along the way.

Lucy Fagella


She likes Comerford

At the end of July I heard Jo Comerford, candidate for the primary election to State Senate on Sept. 4, speak and answer questions on an evening in Wendell. I can’t remember when I have been so impressed with a political candidate’s presentation. After a long day, she was smart, articulate, focused, detailed in her answers to questions, and in a word INSPIRING. I’ve heard the same report from friends who heard her speak earlier in the day in Greenfield.

Jo has enormous experience in leadership positions in progressive organizations, including Move.on. org, the National Priorities Project, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the American Friends Service Committee. In response to a question of mine, it was clear she has a passionate interest in education from pre-school to University.

With the departure of Stan Rosenberg, I can think of no one better able to take his place in the state Senate.

As a former town official (nine years on the Wendell Selectboard), I know how crucial it is to have strong leadership in the state Senate; someone familiar with the needs of towns in our district. And as a current registrar of voters, I know how difficult it is to win as a write-in candidate.

So, I urge you in the strongest terms (in this the year of the woman) to write in the name of Jo Comerford and her address (186 Federal Street, Northampton) on your Sept. 4 ballot.

Margo Culley


Another for Comerford

More than two decades ago, Jo Comerford lead a campaign called “Mothers in Prison, Children in Crisis.” She helped raise national awareness of the human and financial costs of mass incarceration of women and the impact of mandatory minimum sentencing laws. She gave voice to people who had no voice.

For the past four years, Jo has been a campaign director at MoveOn.org, where she helped coordinate a gun safety campaign that mobilized 37,000 responsible gun owners to pressure Barack Obama to issue an executive order on background checks.

Some people see difficult issues and try to steer way from them. What I like about Jo is that she’s never been afraid to take on an issue, and to fight for people and causes that make a difference in our lives.

Jo’s positive, issue-focused campaign has impressed me. I’m telling everyone I know that we are lucky to have someone of this caliber running for public office. I am reminding people that you must WRITE IN Joanne Comerford on your ballot on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Corky Miller


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