Archive for 2010

Privatize Government???? (2010-7-2)

Was reading Yahoo web today and saw this article. Copied. (Link to original) Raised the question in my mind; Why can’t Methuen investigate the cost of all city services? Assume they were privatized. Then either bring the municipal budget in line with that or actually privatize the functions? Read the story and decide for yourself. […]

Methuen-Accreditation (2010-5-31)

Lot’s of discourse about High School Acreditation. Most of it was emotional rhetoric aimed at firing up the crowd. Politicos are not giving straight information to the public. They are relying upon emotional appeals instead of factual information. They are either looking at the sound bite or what will fire the anger of the crowd […]

MEA Culpa (2010-5-11)

Again, at last nights (05/10/2010) School Committee meeting we heard a rehash of Ms. Donna Gogas original Lawrence Eagle Tribune Letter to the Editor. Here is my unpublished response to that Letter. To the editor Re:Letter: Story confuses public on teachers’ pay I don’t think the public is as confused about teachers pay as Ms. […]

Reading is fun and mental! (2010-4-17)

I came across this in the meeting notes for the Methuen School Committee. They are required to vote on School Choice each year. These are the minutes from TRANSCRIPT OF PUBLIC RECORD OF THE METHUEN SCHOOL COMMITTEE BUSINESS SESSION OF May 12, 2008. I transcribed exactly as record states. (Simple cut and Paste) Please read […]

2010 Census Return Rate (2010-4-15)

How well or poorly is your neighborhood doing at returning United States Census Forms for 2010? Want to Know? This is from the Census Bureau; It is updated daily. The Census Bureau 2010 slogan is TAKE 10. Check here; City Map If you enter your zip code, a map will appear. It is color coded […]

Thinking about Unemployement (2010-4-11)

As the City begins looking at another bleak budget forecast and negotiations with it’s labor unions, let’s hope they keep these numbers in mind. The State of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Unemployment Assistance has released the latest data on unemployement for all of Massachusetts and the Cities and Towns […]

Talent Bank redux (2010-3-23)

At a recent Methuen City Council meeting there was discussion on two topics that dealt with appointed boards. During these discussions on appointments two “issues” seem to always crop up. One issue is a quasi-distinction between paid boards and unpaid boards. The second issue is about board vacancies. Boards, by statute are boards. there is […]

Speak! (2010-3-22)

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government. Patrick Henry excerpt from Henry David Thoreau’s essay’s “Resistance to Civil Government.” I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see […]

Mayoral Vehicle Policy [MVP] (2010-3-21)

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 21 December 1375) was an Italian author/poet and an important Renaissance humanist. One quote from him is “Do as we say, and not as we do” . BY HIS HONOR WILLIAM M. MANZI, III MAYOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 019-2009 ORDER REGARDING CITY OWNED VEHICLES WHEREAS, The City of Methuen has been […]

Flood Plain Action Plan-one view (2010-3-21)

I have been extremely remiss this month. Not one post. That does not mean that I have been neglectfull. Just busy. Flooding is still on my mind. Another flood event has just come and gone in the past week. Many times I have been asked what can be done? Lot’s of people think the City […]