The Trouble with Turnips Part Two

  The VA Hospital in the Lobotomy Era There was at least one sane patient on that ward, but I didn’t know it until a few days before we rotated out.  Jim Engle* was one of seven people on my list , a human bridge that linked two chairs at the rear of the ward.  … Continue reading The Trouble with Turnips Part Two

An Old Hand Weighs In

One of a Series of unsigned letters about the NPD Mr. Kirby, I write in response to the posted email that you placed on your blog that is supposedly from a former NPD patrolman.  Let me start off by saying that I am/was a seasoned veteran  employee of NPD who has seen a lot over … Continue reading An Old Hand Weighs In

The Elephant in the Room: Northampton in the Eighties

I became ensnared in the whole Heritage Bank failure back in 1988, when I was running for city council and these developers from Revere, the Rostoff brothers,  were trying to get the permits  and funding they needed to build a big 6 story addition to the  Hotel Northampton. It was obvious to a few of us … Continue reading The Elephant in the Room: Northampton in the Eighties