Andrew Smith

Push for automated vehicle testing comes at the expense of safety

Push for automated vehicle testing comes at the expense of safety

AVs are not needed on our roads when more practical solutions exist for improvements to transportation systems, especially public transportation

The expansion of automated vehicle (AV) testing in Vermont represents a very slippery slope.

At the joint board meeting of the Rockingham Selectboard and Bellows Falls Village Trustees on Tuesday, June 29, the boards are expected to discuss and possibly make a critical decision on AV testing on our public roads.

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Approving proposed Rockingham/BF merger would be like volunteering to get cancer

The proposed merger of Bellows Falls and the town of Rockingham soon comes to a vote. At Bellows Falls' first merger hearing, a lone booster for the proposal suggested that the town of Rockingham could be likened to God. I was relieved to learn Scripture doesn't support that notion.

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Bellows Falls to vote on amended village charter

Dec. 4 is the date for an important vote to adopt the amended charter for the Bellows Falls Village Corporation. The following is based on my personal perspective. This amended charter, the first revision of the charter in many decades, is the product of a revision process that began...

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Stop the newsprint glut in Bellows Falls!

The Commons not mailing to this subscriber, as requested, is appreciated and is in sharp contrast to the practice of the publishers of the four non-subscription papers that arrive weekly in my Bellows Falls mailbox. These four papers are the Bellows Falls Town Crier, The River Record, The Shopper, and The Message for the Week. They all just keep coming, despite emails as well as phone contact with each publisher over the past few months. Emails to each publisher seem...

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Electrical repairs are exquisite performance art

At once ephemeral and durable. Exquisite performance art.  For the second year, November has been witness to power line contract crews working on the upgrade of high-voltage transmission lines on Fall Mountain in Walpole, N.H. This is a small part of ongoing line upgrade work occurring throughout the region.  Most notably, there have been many hours of small turbine-powered helicopters unflinchingly hovering and deftly maneuvering in turbulent air with external loads, sometimes with external crews. These captivating performances won't be...

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Proposed shelter in Bellows Falls|inappropriate and discourteous

To: My Rockingham Select-persons, my village trustees, my municipal manager, my village police chief, and local friends: A very central issue on the Shelter proposed for Canal Street [story, page 1] is how the village was not consulted by the town regarding the location. This action on the part of town officials defies all reasonable standards of decorum or protocol. Explanations of this administrative discourtesy are encouraged. It is the village police department that stands first and foremost to be...

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