Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

To paraphrase the late, great Dan Hicks, “How can we miss them when they won’t go away?” Just when you thought it was safe to go to the Post Office on Saturday morning, they’re back like a bad penny – or three or four of them. The Wakefield Civic League, those guardians of our local […]


Have you looked at a calendar lately? It’s Aug. 18 already! Wasn’t the July Fourth Parade was just last weekend? Summer’s slipping away, and we are rapidly approaching the point where even Daylight Saving Time will not be able to stave off the encroaching night. Even Saturday’s Festival Italia will conclude in darkness. But if […]


High resolution

12Aug16

This week, the Wakefield Board of Selectmen passed a resolution opposing the legalization of marijuana, dealing a devastating blow to the local Cannabis Community. On the bright side, most of them were too high to notice. Dude, don’t the selectmen know that people have a Constitutional right to smoke weed? The Constitution was written on […]


Fine print

05Aug16

Lately, I don’t feel like my week is complete until I’ve been lectured by a millennial about one thing or another. Usually it’s about the evil of plastic bags or how many genders there are or how the Founding Fathers all smoked hemp, dude. The usual venue for these sermons is social media, where I’m […]


Now that July 19 is behind us, can we finally admit that all the hand-wringing over the Special Election had nothing to do with it costing the town $10,000 and everything to do with politics and the person who filed for the Special Election? After Phyllis Hull collected the 200 signatures needed to force the […]


Things like the recent Independence Day celebration and the upcoming Festival Italia remind me that civic groups that actually do things are a lot more interesting (not to mention fun) than the ones that exist just air grievances and self-promote. If it’s true that after July Fourth, the summer flies by, then why do I […]


Imagine, if you can, the following conversation over the backyard fence between neighbors Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones. Mr. Smith: I just found out my house has termites. What should I do? Mr. Jones: Bring in some carpenter ants. They’re no worse than termites. Mr. Smith: What a fantastic idea! Of course, that conversation is […]



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