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Where Are All of You?

The US 2010 Census Bureau said 1,234 people live here. Our town government spends a bit more than $4 million each year on roads, schools and all that other stuff.
Two people attended a recent Selectboard meeting. Three Selectmen, two town employees, two newspaper reporters, the transfer station assistant and the animal control person were among them. Two just plain residents? Where is everybody else?

Drunk - On (Our) Money

The US will overspend its income by more than $1 trillion again in the coming year. You don't have to be a right-winger to work out that most households would be in huge trouble if they spent more than they earned.

So how about Congress and the President? The US spends 10X more than anyone else in the world for weapons and soldiers, billions on aid to other countries, billions for agencies that spend their time writing more rules and more regulations designed to "fix" everything that could possibly go wrong.

Isn't it about time that someone in government realized it is time to re-think, to spend less? To limit the costly rules and regulations that  drain needed dollars from home budgets and small businesses? To recognize that household budgets are straining, people are cutting household spending so they can stay warm and pay for gasoline? Or is government at all levels just drunk on our money?


The System Is Broken - 1

"We are sorry for the delay but all of our representatives are helping other customers. Please stay on the line and someone will be with you shortly." How many times have you heard that and waited 20 or more minutes to get  a simple question answered? Are call volumes "unusually high" or do these companies simply not have enough folks answering the phones? Here's an idea -- hire a few more call center representatives. Answer more calls in less time. Give a few folks badly needed jobs and give the rest of us a little well-deserved relief..

Call or write:
Sen. Anne Gobi 617-722-1540
Rep. Susanna Lee 617-722-2425

                        DAY - D. Tatlock

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Sometimes it is a good thing to live at the top of a hill.






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Dear Editor:


It was a Banana Republic kind of day

Brash, gutsy, armed to the teeth

A racist rebellion sort of grandstand

An ideal vision of hell-on-earth news

Emboldened by a defeated president

With unprecedented gall

The throng amassed at his command

Envisioning American Carnage

Wrought and paid for by the power

Of an Emperor-King, a Grand Poohbah proclaiming

An Imperial Presidency, Donald J's self-grandeur

Emboldened the gathering to mob up and march

To the Capital, they went smashing norms

So, the Pretender-to-the-Reelection Throne

Might live another day as Ruler-in-Chief

Clothed in the gauze of legitimacy.

LOCK HIM UP! ,...before he strikes again.

Genevieve Fraser
Orange, MA 01364

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Perhaps a Refund is in Order?

US Senators are paid a base salary of $174,000 a year for their work. Our Senator Elizabeth Warren has understandably been busy during the past year -- too busy to do the job she is paid to do. She is running for president of course.

Warren ranks fourth among all senators in the number of senate votes missed.

All Senators most absent
#1 64.7% Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
#2 63.3% Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders [I-VT]
#3 61.9% Sen. Kamala Harris [D-CA]
#4 53.7% Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]
#5 39.3% Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]

Presumably, the paycheck keeps coming, regardless of days absent from  senate deliberations.

Perhaps a refund is in order from the senator.