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 Heartland strikes back

  Center of town, Henryetta Oklahoma Natalia Munoz’a anguished opinion piece in the Gazette on November 10th stuck with me. Driving around Northampton doing her errands, she kept wondering which of her fellow motorists and the people who waited on her had voted for Donald Trump. Was it you, she wondered? Maybe the guy driving … Continue reading The Heartland strikes back

Saved by the Bell

I had my hand up for a while at the meeting about the Recreation Dept. move at the senior center, but lots of other people had their hand up too, and after awhile I gave up. Every one was piling on the Mayor and I began to feel sorry for the guy. I was wondering … Continue reading Saved by the Bell

Smart-Mob” attacks Gazette poll, AFSC strategy paralyzes Northampton City Hall

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Time for City Hall to Speak Up

So Alisa Klein read her controversial speech before the demonstration on the steps of city hall.  I never have had much luck with reading a speech; it isolates you from the audience.  In the audience were quite a few Northampton police trying to keep order under difficult circumstances. Human beings. Did she think about their … Continue reading Time for City Hall to Speak Up

The Case for a City Manager in Northampton

Breit Wegner* It’s worthwhile to consider this alternative form of government at each charter review. I heard they did but rejected it.   It would be interesting to know why.   The Charter Review Committee should consider appointing a city manager. Our city now has a budget approaching $100M with over a dozen important departments covering multiple … Continue reading The Case for a City Manager in Northampton

Double Dipping at City Hall

How much is a sewer treatment plant worth? Who wants to buy our sewer treatment plant or our capped landfill? Leave it to city hall to find a loophole in Prop 2 ½ to cover their cost overruns in the fire department and the legal department and wherever the red ink is flowing. No need … Continue reading Double Dipping at City Hall

How A backroom deal saved Goggins Real Estate from homelessness

The other day, in a planning department file marked “Carlon Drive”  I found a 38 page study done by Baystate Environmental  Consultants (BEC) entitled “The functional Analysis  of the Hydrology and Hydraulics of the Barrett Street Marsh.”  It was done thirteen years  ago, in April, 2000. Not a page turner, but an eye-opener.  Here’s the … Continue reading How A backroom deal saved Goggins Real Estate from homelessness

Media Education Foundation Article Put back up

I got a small barrage of calls and letters about this story.  One person thought that it was yellow journalism; that I was picking on a nice guy.  I  reread my story and thought it was kind of sarcastic in places. I didn’t like the tone of it.  So I regret that. But even when … Continue reading Media Education Foundation Article Put back up

Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.

“Indeed, artists like Thomas Cole believed Northampton to be the epitome of the picturesque – the ideal middle landscape between the sordid city and wild nature.”                                                                         The Camoin Study  The poor people that burned the midnight oil and created this study really pulled out all the stops on the … Continue reading Poor, poor pitiful me. The Victimization Gambit.