Monday, December 5, 2016


Sorry, it was not the weather but plain fatigue that caused my decision not to go to the Council meeting.

My daughter had unexpectedly suddenly died in March and my son in law who has severe COPD has been alone in their house.

He had fallen and despite the fact that he could not get up off the floor for two days had refused to go to the hospital. Today he knew he had to do so and he has a fractured hip.

For the past three days and more so today there has been a flood of phone calls and email messages from various family members about him, which have taken too much stress time added to a bad night’s sleep resulting in my decision to stay home. Obviously a wise move since I fell asleep for a half hour after7:30.

If and when I learn the time that the meeting will be on TV I may learn what I missed and comment. Until then the world will continue its normal course.

Sunday, December 4, 2016


Extraneous but serious circumstances  on Sunday interfered with writing this blog. Therefor there will be no in depth review of Monday’s agenda.

Suffice to say there are some resolutions out of the 60 to be considered that merit some explanation before being considered. Among them are two from the planning board related to redevelopment projects, and one for approval of the 2017 capital budget and the 2017-2021, 5 year, and capital improvement program.

There is a resolution for engineering services related to the West 3rd St. repaving.

The weather will determine my attendance at the meeting.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


TG; once again there is a Council agenda session this Monday. Blogging will be easier and a
commentary on the agenda should be posted Sunday tor earlier. Until the two cartoons for trhe cold weekend.


Monday, November 28, 2016


From the Washington Post

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), an orthopedic surgeon who has been one of Capitol Hill's fiercest critics of President Obama's health care law, to be secretary of health and human services, a person briefed on the decision confirmed Monday night.
The public announcement of Trump's selection of Price, a six-term congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee and is regarded as a policy wonk, is expected to be made as early as Tuesday.


An exhausting past 4 days in which I was unable to find time to write a blog. Perhaps it is a form of burn out but in the 8 years that I have been posting daily with few exceptions I have not suffered from a lack of material. I have not suffered from a lack of material.

This last month has been different. Oh there is plenty of news about Trump and his Transition team but my impression is that the rank and file are tired of hearing about it or are reluctant to question the potentialities of a Trump Presidency.

There are public voices risking future retaliation such as the late night hosts, Colbert, Kimmel, and to a lesser extent Fallon and SNL have continued to satirize Trump.

Even some of the “comic strips” such as the political satirist Doonesbury and recently “Funky Winkerbean” with its present recall of Joe McCarthy’s era have shown some concern of what may take place.

What disturbs me is the absence of the rank and file public voice. I am aware of the few large protest mobs in the larger city, but they have been largely political as a result of the election and about possible loss of entitlements not civil liberties.

The other day before the cartoon was published I recalled this quotation of Martin Niemöller who was before Hitler a prominent Protestant pastor anti-Semitic for which he later apologized and who became an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller said: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me”