With friends like these, who needs enemies? One Mayor is Enough.

Yes, I’ve changed my mind, after Barry Roth talked to me, and I looked at the fine print of what is in the proposed Charter Change.  To read the full article, click here. Continue reading With friends like these, who needs enemies? One Mayor is Enough.

Retaliation Has Begun!

Elaine Fortier, then Vice Chair of the MacDonald House Tenants Union, speaks out on the Samana affair. A fairly short extract from the last Northampton Housing Authority meeting.  The guy in the black and white T-shirt is Jon Hite, the Executive Director,  the man at the head of the table is Joseph De Fazio, Chair … Continue reading Retaliation Has Begun!

The Church of Us strikes back

 . The afternoon it started. I visited a resident of the MacDonald House, and as I pulled away from the parking lot, a woman was taking my picture.  Ok, I said,to myself, a little unsettling, but that is her right.  That evening my wife and I went to a history talk at Forbes Library.  When … Continue reading The Church of Us strikes back

Northampton’s 705 Scattered Site Housing:

A House on Corticelli Street  went to a NHA insider  First of  a series on the Northampton Housing Authority The empty three bedroom house at 19 Corticelli has a big red placard on the front.  It’s owned by the Norfthampton Housing Authority and  has been empty now for about ten years.   It’s home now only … Continue reading Northampton’s 705 Scattered Site Housing:

The Empty Seats

The passing of Northampton Media   I went to the city council meeting last night for the public comment session  to  blow off a little steam about the benefit business, and the city’s benign indifference to the MacDonald House trouble. I  noticed that five chairs in the front row were empty.  In each seat was a … Continue reading The Empty Seats

Let’s keep it a secret.

When I walked into a city office asking about this new health insurance program for city councilors, a clerk looked at me with a crooked smile.  “What’s it to you, Kirby, you want in, you want a buy-back?”   I never heard that expression before. The $5,000 a year I got for four years as … Continue reading Let’s keep it a secret.