Someone cares

Rachel Maddow on MSNBC is a acquired taste. As the Russia case has developed over the last couple of months, I have gradually rearranged my day to fit her in. 9:00 pm and here she is grinning like a Cheshire cat. She has found out something new today , something intriguing that explains what so … Continue reading Someone cares

The Buffum

  “Are you leaving here?” Janet said. “Are you giving up on us?” I was.  She would go to the meeting at city hall alone.  I loaned her two bucks for carfare, I can’t go.”  I said,  “Got to teach a class.” “Got a meeting,” I added, gilding the lily with fools gold. The meeting … Continue reading The Buffum

Easy Does It

  By now it is painfully obvious that our strategy of intimidation and saber-rattling to keep North Korea from getting an atomic bomb of its own has not worked. I liked this New Yorker cover cartoon showing this poor unloved tyrant  Kim Jong-un gazing fondly down on his first born,  his own thermonuclear warhead.  Will … Continue reading Easy Does It

Goodbye, Everybody

It has been a pleasure writing and being read over the years.  But from now on Kirby is going to still be on the loose, but not in his digitized Wi-Fi form.  This will be my last posting.   Readers are welcome to consult the index, and I will post the links to some of … Continue reading Goodbye, Everybody

And the Winner of the Battle of the Algorithms is:

   In the middle giving out awards to their storm water committee is Suzanne Beck, executive director of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. This is a high-powered group with a lot of technical, legal and lobbying skills. They had this Chamber committee up and operating in January of 2013, when it became clear that the … Continue reading And the Winner of the Battle of the Algorithms is:

We’ve got ourselves a Convoy

In case you think that People in Ward Three are exaggerating about the trucks cutting through their residential streets to the Coke Plant, look at this picture above. On April 12th, a North Street resident happened to be sitting at the light where Damon Road meets Route Nine. When the light turned green for traffic coming … Continue reading We’ve got ourselves a Convoy

The Aftermath (What happens when you fight fires only with water)

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Two year hiatus ends for Pomeroy Terrace Historic District application

For a long time, the leaders of the Ward Three Civic Association and the Northampton Planning Department have assumed that a project that many Northampton area people had put a great deal of work into was on track; that it was on its way to being approved by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the federal … Continue reading Two year hiatus ends for Pomeroy Terrace Historic District application

Angola (Fiction)

  I had my first heart attack about six months ago. Hit me right in the middle of a city council meeting. It started with this pressure in my chest and an attack of asthma, or something that felt like asthma. I was wheezing a little, but it wasn’t anything that alarmed me. It was … Continue reading Angola (Fiction)

The West Point Syndrome

  “So what happened? “ said the doctor, leaning over me, “Tell me once or twice from the top. Were you unconscious? ” It was two thirty in the morning, and Doctor Vivian Westphal had been called in to provide a second opinion on the cause of Peter Doyle’s collapse. How can you sparkle this much … Continue reading The West Point Syndrome