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The Fray


I just discovered Kristen's latest blog, The Fray, and damn! I like it. Kudos, to Greg as well.
 

Wired Ward 3


I live in a pretty wired neighborhood. Now, they might like overly large red letters -- but they are getting things done.
A meeting on the future of the Meadows generated a range of suggestions last night, but those who braved a cold drizzle to speak their minds were united on one point: They do not want to see the city's largest natural area developed.
 

Just when I thought I could take a year off...


I was starting to look forward to the odd years -- the years when no one is running for anything in Massachusetts. Now this:
State Rep. Peter J. Larkin, one of the more influential state representatives from Western Massachusetts, yesterday resigned from the Legislature to become a lobbyist.

DiMasi will set the date for a special election to fill Larkin's seat. Larkin's district includes almost all of Pittsfield.

Several possible candidates for Larkin's seat are being mentioned including Adam J. Delmolino, a legislative aide for Larkin; Rhonda Serre, an aide for U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst, and Pittsfield City Solicitor Christopher N. Speranzo.
Need to do some research... I'd be interested in who WHEN endorses.
 

Gender Neutral Crimes


GREENFIELD - At a planning meeting last night, the chairmen of Town Council committees voted to cancel tomorrow night's scheduled council session because issues, including changes to a new "peeping Tom" ordinance and funding for a park for dogs, are not ready for a vote.

Chairman Councilor Joseph Gochinski said the amendment would accomplish just one thing - taking care of a problem in the wording of the ordinance. It now prohibits "peeping Tom" activities, and would be changed to "peeping person."

"That might be a gender issue," he said.
Next up: jaywalking.
 

Vickery Sworn In


Full account here.

"Peter is an outsider who will consider decisions based on the merits and a person's qualifications, not political pedigree," Wilmot said.

Vickery will represent more than 90 communities in the four counties of Western Massachusetts.

"I'm a fresh face with a different perspective and a very new approach," said Vickery, who supports a woman's right to choose an abortion, favors gay marriage and creation of "single-payer" or government-paid health insurance.

Council members often are divided between a couple of different voting blocs, but Vickery is unlikely to take sides. "I'll wait and see which issues come up," Vickery said. "I'll vote my conscience. I won't follow anybody's cue."

For the record, "Single-payer" is not necessarily "government-paid health insurance". It just means that the government acts as a single-payer of health care to pool the risks and lower the total cost. It may then charge the participants, but that's a separate decision.