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We are a group of Acton, Massachusetts citizens who have been involved in local town politics, attending Town Meetings, and participating in various boards or committees, and who are committed to the open and free exchange of ideas.

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Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal Conservatism 707 Lots of presidential news, some of which deserves some comment. First, let me state up front that I am not a Donald Trump supporter. I will vote for him, but he wasn't my pick among the Republican candidates. That being said...
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Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal conservatism 706 As kids, we are taught about the virtues of sharing. Let's take that lesson to its logical conclusion. Let's pretend that sharing becomes the norm and the goal in our society. What happens? People who "have" are strongly...
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Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal conservatism 705. A recent exchange on The Philosopher's blog post (http://www.actonforum.com/blogs/thephilosopher/closing-liberal-mind) with reader Mike Acton resulted in some interesting points being made by both sides. At the end, Mike...
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A new group is being formed that will explore and possibly recommend a new way forward to make improvements to Kelley's Corner. The group is coordinated by former Selectman Terra Friedrichs, along with Acton Forum editors Charlie Kadlec and Allen...
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Blog post by ThePhilosopher
I have no idea who is out there or reading this stuff. I have no interest in winning political discussions but I am interested in how our country is being ripped apart. Unfortunately I don't see a two party system as being equally 50/50 responsible...
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Blog post by AllenN
Fiscal conservatism 704 My favorite column in The Wall Street Journal is called Best of the Web, written by James Taranto. (See the author's page here, with a link to some columns: http://topics.wsj.com/person/T/james-taranto/5474). If you read the...
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Blog post by ThePhilosopher
"ism"; a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology. We know this suffix commonly associated with racism, sexism.... A couple components that must be in place for any "ism" to exist is a belief that one is superior...
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Blog post by AllenN
Warrant Article 26 requests the authorization by Town Meeting to allow the Selectmen to enter into a lease for the purpose of "serving as the location of the Acton Senior Center." For about 10 years, there have been attempts to build a new Senior...
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Acton's Planning Department published a financial analysis for the Kelley's Corner redevelopment project which is the subject of Articles 22 and 23 for the Annual Town Meeting starting next Monday, April 4, 2016. The link to the analysis is under...
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Blog post by AllenN
According to the Boston Globe West (3/27/16), Boxborough's property taxes are lower this year than they were in 2012. The average bill dropped $99, or roughly one percent, even though the average assessed value climbed eight percent to $548,9090....
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