What is there to learn from the “Crisis of Trust” in Methuen?

I’ve been watching with interest, and dismay, the unfolding of events in Methuen where, in September of 2017, the City Council voted in favor of a personnel contract that now threatens to bankrupt the city and has become a “crisis of trust.” The gist of the situation is that the Council voted to give an…

It Happens Here Too

In the last few weeks, Wakefield has lost at least two young people to addiction.  We know this because their families were brave enough to honestly share their painful and private struggles in their public obituaries.   I can not begin to imagine what these families have been through or how they found the strength to…

A Delicious Dilemma

Yesterday’s 10th Annual Holiday Stroll was a big success.   Not only were the streets full of families and friends festively celebrating the beginning of the holiday season, the businesses were busy.  Failing to make  dinner reservations, my party of six couldn’t get seating at any downtown restaurants. We ended up instead in Greenwood (which was…

Why Local Cable Access TV Matters

I just filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission in opposition to a proceeding that would change the mechanism that supports our country’s Cable Access Television stations.  It would devastate stations like Wakefield Cable Access Television (WCAT) (as well as our High School station), which does so much for Wakefield and is one of the only media…

More than a Quaint Tradition

At this week’s Town Meeting, we saw democracy on full display.  There is no sugar coating it – democracy can be long (7 hours over two nights), boring (39 articles, replete with arcane financial and legal citations), and sometimes tortuous (an amendment to an amendment?!).  Yet democracy works, and Town Meeting is the ultimate demonstration…

What I’ve Learned So Far

I’ve been a Councilor now for just over six month.  During that time, I’ve attended ten Town Council meetings and taken nearly 170 official votes.  What I’ve learned so far is that I have a lot to learn . . . and not just because I’m the newest Councilor.  The kind of learning I’m talking…

Why Blog?

In the six months I have been a Wakefield Town Councilor, the one theme that seems to keep emerging is communications. The best part of running for office was talking to people.  Yes, it took time – lots of time.  Yes, it was exhausting – especially given my introverted, albeit socially introverted, tendencies.  Yet it was…