Archive for October, 2009

Sometimes you do the work (2009-10-30)

Here are some articles worth reading or sites worth visiting. If you read or visit, please come back and leave a comment. Did you find them interesting or not. I’ll post all comments that are pro or con for opinions. The new issue of Business Week came out.  The GDP Mirage Here’s a riddle: If […]

Cemetery Commission (2009-10-30)

There are things that a City does not do optimally. Some of these services should be “spun-off”. That was the reason for creation of Enterprise fund legislation. Services which are supported by funding from clients are the most common enterprise fund candidates. Water and sewer funds are common. They may require large outlays to get […]

Police Chief (2009-10-28)

George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy), was a philosopher, essayist poet and novelist. Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, […]

Free petition (2009-10-27)

Browsing through the Home Rule Charter as it exists today, I noted that there are two types of free petition. They are Action Discretionary and Action Required. Methuen has had 4 charters in it’s history. I reviewed them all. The first one in 1917 didn’t have this distinction. This is the current from the City website. […]


From the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area. Elections present voters with important choices. Whether it is a local race that will affect your community or a national race that could change the direction of the country, elections are a time to consider the issues you care about and decide which candidate you […]

Police and Quinn (2009-10-26)

I read this on the MASSCOPS website.  Re: Quinn Bill to be cut (and other PD money) Published: May 10, 2009 12:50 am Our view; Don’t stick communities with Quinn Bill costs “The Massachusetts Legislature finally may be ready to pull the plug on the police pay boondoggle known as the Quinn Bill. That’s great […]

All news is good news (2009-10-25)

The playwrite, George M. Cohan once said “I don’t care what you say about me, as long as you say something about me, and as long as you spell my name right.” Well, I have been trying to blog on a regular basis, (not an easy thing for me).  The subject matter is political in […]

Campaign Survey (2009-10-24)

Some one running for Mayor of Methuen is spending money and getting no results. This occured about 2-2:15 today. I answered the phone and was greeted by a person who had an accent. I could not place what type of accent,  it was thick enough to recognize as belonging to someone whose native language was […]

Don’t Waste (2009-10-23)

Some of you may recall the older commercials on television, I believe they were sponsored by the NAACP. The gist was that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”. So much truth in that. I ask that you not waste your mind on innuendo and seek the facts behind what politocos and others tell you. Case […]

Diverted Funds (2009-10-20)

Read an old Rumbo article, Testing… Testing… Testing This reminded me that the Mayor has diverted funds from one grant to another project before. So I tried to find that information. I was at the Council meeting and heard the words. I searched and searched to no avail. No where could I find those quotes. […]