The Costa Report

    Part One, November l984 to  November 12 of l987    This summary begins just prior to a June 30, 1987 submission of a Proposal for a joint venture between Associates and NIS Development Corp. (NISD), a wholly owned subsidiary of HeritageNIS Bank for Savings (Heritage), for the development of the Cummington Farms and … Continue reading The Costa Report

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

We’ve seen what the future looks like, and it could have been worse

The architect’s concept of the new building as seen looking down a narrow alley from Phillips Place. The St. John Cantius church will not fall to the wrecking ball, only the priest’s residence will be demolished, and the housing that is going to be squeezed into the long narrow space behind the existing housing will … Continue reading We’ve seen what the future looks like, and it could have been worse

“Well, what do you think about the “Black Lives Matter” sign on city hall?

One of my readers hit me with that hot question today when she saw me coming into the turkey dinner  at the Senior Center. And what did I do but waffle on her? You would have thought I was the mayor. Maybe I’ve been retired too long. I remembered too well the noisy chaotic night … Continue reading “Well, what do you think about the “Black Lives Matter” sign on city hall?