To the Editor:

I was reading Christine MacDonald’s letter defending Malcolm Love in the Oct. 13 Valley News when a quote from Shakespeare came to mind, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Her complete support of Malcolm Love’s tired old rhetoric would be more compelling if she was just one of his minions and not his wife. The ethical thing to do would have been to inform readers of their relationship, as it may well have influenced her position.

I could not care less how she and her spouse acquired their home. Whether they bought it, won it or inherited it is of no concern to me. What does concern me is their desire to see the students of the Mascoma Valley continue to be taught in a high school that is too small.

Their sole purpose for this position is an attempt to control their property taxes.

Make no mistake, this is about their wallets. Check court Docket No. 20453-03PT, (Malcolm S. Love and Christine L. MacDonald vs. Town of Canaan) — an appeal for an abatement of their 2003 assessment. It’s apparent that after this earlier attempt at tax relief failed, they now think they have found another way to do it.

If we follow Love’s convoluted logic of ever-decreasing enrollment, at some point we will have no students, and none of the buildings will be needed.

He completely ignored the variables involved in predicting potential growth in our five towns and is willing to maintain the status quo for the sole purpose of keeping his property taxes from increasing. It’s obvious to me that his concern for money greatly outweighs his concern for community.

Further letters from me on this subject are not necessary because, as I said, neither he, his spouse nor his disciples will ever support this renovation project.

George Caccavaro

Retired business administrator, Mascoma Valley School Regional District



Letter: Mascoma Board Wastes Another Year

Monday, October 7, 2013

To the Editor: The responses published on Oct. 5 to Malcolm Love’s letter demonstrate that these gentlemen failed to fully read any of his “epistles.” Insulting independent thinkers (“minions”) and saying that they “don’t support education” and “will never support the renovation” are not half-truths, but total nonsense. Love’s unheeded urgings for immediate action to address the serious issues of …

Letter: New Mascoma Plan Unaffordable

Monday, September 23, 2013

To the Editor: Six months after the Mascoma Regional High School renovation plan was voted down (again), the verdict is to put a whopping $21,580,000 proposal on the 2014 ballot. The $23.8 million plan for 2013 was reduced by $2 million for pellet boilers, resulting in a pitiful net $200,000 reduction for 2014. This doesn’t include the continued spending of …