Whenever you see proposals to “expand voting rights,” or “make voting easier,” your BS detector should go off.

Since the right to vote is already guaranteed by law and voting is easier than falling off a log, I am always suspicious of efforts to “expand” or “simplify” voting. At best, these measures are thinly veiled efforts to gain an electoral advantage. At worst, they facilitate the manipulation of election results.

As proof, I offer the fact that the same people who promote these election “reforms” always oppose the simplest, zero-cost measure to prevent voter fraud: voter ID.

Two recent examples of measures to “expand” or “simplify” voting were connected to the Orwellian sounding For the People Act just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Among other things, this bill purported to “expand voting rights.”
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For those who like music spiced with a bit of history – or vice versa – last Saturday’s Polymnia Choral Society production of Franz Josef Haydn’s The Creation was a doubly rewarding experience.

The sanctuary of Wakefield’s First Parish Congregational Church was a fitting venue in which to experience Haydn’s oratorio depicting the miracle of the world’s creation. It the words of Polymnia member Eileen Worthley, “With its sublime arias, joyous choruses, energetic arpeggios, and rollicking fugues, it is altogether a jubilant work of praise to the glory of the Creator.”
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Women’s March

07Mar19

On the heels of the devastating news that only men applied to serve on new Public Safety Building Committee came the bombshell that no women were among the top 50 highest paid town employees.

What’s a girl to make of this during Women’s History Month?

In the real world, most people understand how the list of the 50 highest paid town employees works. Most of them are cops, followed by firefighters, Light Department employees and DPW workers. What do these jobs offer that others don’t? For one thing, they have the opportunity to pad their base salaries with lots of detail and/or overtime pay. So, if you’re willing to work your butt off and spend lots of time away from hearth and home, you can rake in a fair amount of cash.

But that still doesn’t explain why there aren’t more women on the list.

Or does it?
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It was heartening to see the Wakefield Town Council take an action recently that will benefit those who drive automobiles, because the trend across the Commonwealth and the nation in recent years has been to treat motorists as the scum of the earth.
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Eight men out

14Feb19

Who couldn’t have seen this coming?

The folks who took the “man” out of selectman now want to manipulate the gender composition of other boards.

So much being gender neutral.

Recently, the Wakefield Town Council advertised for candidates to serve on the crisply-named “Public Safety Building Re-Assessment Committee.”

In mid-November, the notice was posted widely – online, on social media and in the Wakefield Daily Item — requesting applicants to serve on the newly-created committee.
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Take a hike

07Feb19

Throughout his decades as a steady presence on the local scene, he has cultivated an air of quiet reserve. But now, one of Wakefield’s most iconic figures has finally broken his silence.

Some may find what he had to say shocking.

In an exclusive interview with the Wakefield Daily Item, the character known affectionately as “The Hiker” touched on a wide range of topics, from his own identity issues to “toxic masculinity” and gun rights.

We caught up with the local icon in front of The Rockery in Wakefield Square.

WAKEFIELD DAILY ITEM: What’s the one thing that you would like people to know about you?

THE HIKER: That I’m not a “Minuteman” — not that there’s anything wrong with that. Does this look like a tricorn hat to you? This is Wakefield, not Lexington or Concord. Come on people. Take a history class.
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Pretty Vacant

01Feb19

“Isn’t it a shame about all the empty storefronts downtown?”

“Which ones are empty?”

“Well, I haven’t been downtown lately. Nobody goes there anymore because there’s too much traffic and not enough parking.”

“Oh.”

There’s one myth almost as persistent as the one that Wakefield has become so overdeveloped that there’s no room for an autumn leaf to fall. It’s the fiction that Wakefield’s business district is a ghost town riddled with boarded up properties and “For Rent” signs.

Yet, somehow these contradictory canards exist side-by-side in local lore.
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