And here I thought that all this California sun I have subjected myself to over the last four months would have made my disposition sunnier and less critical of the ruling order. I would fulminate less. I came back to Northampton on Tuesday night, and on Friday afternoon I learn that Angela Plassman has quit. I went to the Gazette article for my visual because it’s a respectful picture that shows her doing what she has done so well, speak out. When elderly and disabled tenants of Northampton’s public housing projects had a problem, she was often the only person who listened and advocated for them. She held regular sessions for constituents. She did her job. She now has charged that a department head is subjecting her and her family to harassment. I know from experience, the job of city councilor is a rough one if you buck the prevailing winds. Rough if you are not “liberal” enough, cooperative enough, quiet enough, diplomatic enough. Rough if you say that Northampton schools have a drug problem that isn’t being addressed. Rough if you criticize the head of the housing authority. Rough if you have the moxie enough to buck the Mayor and destroy unanimity and cast a “no” vote every now and then. Angela, you will be sorely missed.