Where are we on the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s proposal to build a multipurpose machine gun range on Camp Edwards? What have we learned?

That the Guard has changed the name of the “Multi-Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) Range” to the “Multipurpose Qualification Range,” perhaps trying to lull us.

That, despite what has been stated, Camp Edwards is not the only recommendation from the Army National Guard. They have also proposed a machine gun range on Fort Devens, much more convenient to state population centers in Boston and Worchester.

That there has not yet been a response to the 300 residents who raised in writing some 900 issues regarding the proposed range, which would require clear-cutting 170 acres of trees and dedicate 5,000 acres to contain projectiles.

That the Guard rejects a proper, full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before trying to move forward with this project. This would include the impact on our drinking water, land, air quality, animal species, and noise.

AND THAT one candidate to be our new representative in the state Legislature, Jim Dever, opposes this project threatening our environment, while the other one, Steven Xiarhos, perhaps hoodwinked by the Guard’s slick briefing and public relations video, supports the machine gun range.

This critical issue demonstrates the political thinking we want representing Sandwich on Beacon Hill. We need Jim Dever.

Frederick S. Lane

Great Bend Road

East Sandwich

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