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They Served the Public, and Now They Rest…

Today, former Westfield Mayor, John Palczynski, died. Palczynski, who was mayor several decades ago sat on the Westfield Gas & Electric commission. He was 78. He was mayor from 1968-1973. His administration is credited with bringing Westfield mayor’s office into the modern era. Any additional

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A Fifth of Massachusetts…

Good day once again friends. I am happy to report that my historic bouts of non-posting are not all due to laziness. Until yesterday, my computer refused to work and so here I am back. As some may or not be aware, Martin Meehan accepted

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Do You Have Any Decaf Council…

Well it has been a hell of week. Not so much in the political world, but there, too. For those of you who may care, which I am sure is a minute minority, I have been out of town for a few days. “Where?” you

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Its Powell Time!…

During the odd-numbered years, Springfield finds itself in the throes of yet another municipal election cycle. Usually, the focus has been on the mayor’s race, as is the case to some extent this year. The City Council Race, however, could be heating up to a

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A Bridge Too Far…From Stable: Conclusion…

Spotlight on Minneapolis Bridge Disaster Tomorrow marks the two week anniversary of the I-35W Bridge collapse which horrified a country, but thankfully has only claimed 9 people. Another 4 or 5 remain missing. The question remains as to whether this nation will have the will

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Boston Beat: A Bridge Too Far…From Stable…

Spotlight on Minneapolis Bridge Disaster Today in the theme of the I-35W Bridge, we move east to Boston to discuss a famous and historic structure which is nonetheless emblematic of the problems Minneapolis brought to the fore. Boston’s Longfellow Bridge, also known as the Salt

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Oh, NO! 0-8!: A Bridge Too Far…From Stable…

Spotlight on Minneapolis Bridge Disaster Last night the AFL-CIO sponsored a debate for the Democratic nomination for President. The event was held at Soldier Field in Chicago and took on a distinct flavor when compared to the other debates. Present were NM Gov. Bill Richardson,

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A Bridge Too Far…From Stable…

Spotlight on Minneapolis Bridge Disaster Today begins a multi-part series on the implications of the Minneapolis Bridge Disaster. The preceding days of silence from WMassP&I on the issue were spent, in part, researching and reading the headlines in order offer WMassP&I’s first spotlight issue, which

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A Less than Clean Sweep…

Mayor Charles Ryan, presumably with the blessing of Stephen Lisauskas, SFCB Executive Director, fired American Sweeping Co. of North Andover after a lackluster job at cleaning the city’s streets. Aside from providing ample evidence that privatization of government services is not a universal good (or