Civics lesson


A certain kind of bias has long been suspected in public education but has always been vigorously denied.

So, I commend Wakefield School Committee member Greg Liakos for his honesty and forthrightness this week in loudly and proudly confirming what many have long believed.
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Time flies when you’re having fun, which explains why 2020 has been the longest year since the asteroid traveling at 40,000 mph crashed into the Yucatan Peninsula 66 million years ago, wiping out nearly 80 percent of life on earth and disappointing thousands of spring breakers.

Kind of puts 2020 in perspective, doesn’t it?
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What’s the perfect Christmas gift for a member of the Wakefield Memorial High School Class of 2020?

Why, a copy of the Town of Wakefield 2020 Annual Street List, of course! This handsome volume features a graphic on the front cover offering congratulations to those who graduated in this most memorable year.
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Straw man


PREDICTION: On or about June 30, 2021, someone will post on one of the local Facebook groups the following tale of woe:

Tonight, I picked up takeout for the family at [local restaurant.] Imagine my frustration when I got home and there were no utensils and no straws in any of the paper bags! I called [local restaurant] and was told that due to a new local regulation they can’t give out plastic straws or utensils unless the customer specifically requests them. Is this true? When did this happen?

In the comments, I will helpfully post a link to my story in the Nov. 9, 2020 Wakefield Daily Item, headlined, Town Meeting OKs banning more plastics.

You’re welcome, in advance.
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Good things, as they say, come to those who wait. Unfortunately, so do bad things.

You may recall that on last spring’s Annual Town Meeting warrant, there were a couple of articles aimed at expanding the town’s plastic bag ban and prohibiting certain types of food packaging.

These measures were sponsored by the same folks who successfully pushed through the original plastic bag ban a few years ago.
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A simple choice


Out-of-state donors are pouring millions into an effort to forever alter the outcomes of Massachusetts elections.

Unfortunately for them, the concept of ranked choice voting is so convoluted that it can’t be convincingly explained in a one-minute TV ad or even with an oversized, glossy, two-sided mailer.
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Let me be the first to wish you and yours a happy Columbus Day.

This year’s holiday is doubly special because it’s not just the second Monday in October. Monday also happens to be Oct. 12, which is traditional Columbus Day. It will be exactly 528 years ago to the day that the great Italian explorer landed in the New World.
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Mailing it in


It’s adorable how people still refer to Nov. 3 as “Election Day.”

We’ve had “early voting” for a couple of years, which began the process of diluting the meaning of Election Day. Now, with the totally unnecessary concept of “mail-in voting,” we’re told that we may not even know the result of the presidential election for days or even weeks after “Election Day.”
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Monday is Labor Day, meaning that the Summer of 2020 will finally, mercifully, be over.
So long, COVID Summer.
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

It was the summer of face coverings, cancellations and quarantines, as opposed to concerts, camp and cookouts.

Everything was canceled, including local favorites like the Fourth of July Parade and fireworks, Festival Italia, Festival by the Lake and Movies by the Lake.

But at least it was warm, unlike the summer of 1816, “The Year There Was No Summer.” Snow fell in Massachusetts on June 7. People referred to 1816 as “Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death.”

So stop your whining, put on your mask and listen to how good you have it.
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