By Kathryn Eskandarian
The making and release of the new movie, The Promise, is truly significant. This is the first major motion picture made about the Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were murdered by the Turkish Government in 1915. This crime, the first genocide of the 20th century, continues to be denied by the Turkish Government to this day. There have been various attempts to bring this historical event to mainstream movie theaters throughout the years, but all have failed due to Turkey’s overt political pressure to prevent this. The most famous was the movie, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh based on Franz Werfel’s well-known novel. MGM was in pre-production in 1934 when the Turkish Government and subsequently U.S. State Department brought enormous pressure to bear on Louis B. Mayer, who eventually decided not to proceed with the project.
By Katie Luczai
When we, as a town, decided to ban the sale of single-use plastic bags, what is it saying about our environmental action and our values?
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the town of Bedford banned the sale of thin-film, single-use bags. As a resident of Bedford, a student, and an environmentalist, this measure makes me optimistic and should be given the support it deserves. This letter is to affirm and gain more widespread support for this massively beneficial town movement.
By Brenda Kenahan
On a typical late afternoon at the Kenahan house, I’m usually caught in the never-ending, multi-tasking vortex of stay-at-home parenting. All my unfinished tasks have lost their 9 am optimism of completion and the unfolded loads of laundry seem to be settling in for another night of mocking me from the couch. My three boys, ages 14, 12 and 7, are home from or getting ready to head to, team practices. They need dinner, homework help or SOMETHING at every turn. When 7:30 graciously rolls around, my husband is prepping the 7-year-old for bed, and I can throw on my pajamas and finally take a minute to breathe. I imagine it’s the same with parents everywhere. Sometimes, if I listen really hard, I swear I can hear the corks popping simultaneously all over town.
But last night, instead of settling in with a glass of my favorite Pinot Grigio, I took myself to Town Meeting.
By Sarah Scoville
Last March instead of putting the Bedford Town Warrant directly into the recycling bin I sat down and read it. With a highlighter, no less! I was specifically looking for the article explaining the Lane School Expansion. While searching for the Lane article I was surprised to find that there was another article proposing new sidewalks in front of my house. I was ready to go to Bedford Town Meeting with a big knitting project and informed about what I cared about. Then I started thinking about how to get others there.
By Karen Sturzenacker:
I’m torn about how to vote on Article 10. As I read various opinions from residents of Bedford and other towns that are considering the same ban on plastic bags, I see both sides.
I’m left with two questions. First, are we really trying to regulate behavior? Second, where will it end?
By Frances Bigda-Peyton
Bedford citizens will have an opportunity to vote on an amendment at town meeting next week aimed at reducing plastic bag use in local businesses. If it gains approval, we will be among the 30 Massachusetts cities and towns that have already instituted their own version of the legislation. This matters because a statewide single-use plastic bag bill will be voted on this year; our action will help build momentum toward approving this important legislation.
By Carol Reynolds
I’ve been hearing pros and cons lately regarding this proposed General Bylaw Amendment. My friends and I are generally aware of all the negative aspects of disposable plastic bags in the environment: that they’re harmful to our health, they harm wildlife, and they create unsightly scenes along our roadsides. Our town cannot recycle these thin bags. Our town pays for the clean-up of these windswept bags.
By Sarah Dorer
Robert and I moved into Bedford in the spring of 1983, and have been loyal and active members of Town Meeting every year since. We wouldn’t miss the opportunity to be directly involved in the important decisions that affect our daily lives in our adopted town. The concept of Open Town Meeting, where every registered voter can actually attend, ask questions, speak, listen to others and actually vote, was entirely new to me when we moved to town. I had never experienced this kind of democracy in action before, where every person can really make a difference. It is powerful! It was the one annual event for which we always tried to find a babysitter every year that we needed one.
By Angelo Colao
At first, I wasn’t concerned about the outcome of Article 10 at Town Meeting. We use cloth bags with handles when we go shopping. That is until I saw an elderly man walking with a cane in one hand and a plastic bag with handles in his other hand.
He wanted to cross the street and was walking up to the traffic light pole to press the walk switch. He raised his hand and slid the bag onto his wrist and stabilizing himself with his cane pressed the button with the hand that was carrying the bag. If he had a paper bag, with or without handles, he would have had to put the bag down on the walkway wet with melting snow.
By Lois Pulliam
As a longtime Bedford citizen (since 1960), I have been wondering why more local residents don’t attend Annual Town Meeting. To me, it’s one of the highlights of living in Massachusetts, and–especially–we are fortunate to be one of the towns still to enjoy open instead of representative Town Meeting. Bedford really DOES have one- person-one-vote!
My husband Brown and I had to sit on the stage in March,1960 because we were very new residents, [not yet registered to vote], but now you will sit in a roped-off space on the auditorium floor if you’re a brand-new “local”.