Chart of the Day…

Although I by no means intend to devote endless hours to creating a long running series befitting the post title I am going to offer some up. Starting with this one that has definite application to policy here in 02048. The chart on offer today comes from an article in Commonwealth that focused on the public education funding issue. The premise was that Massachusetts is now more than ever a predominantly suburbanized state. This, according to the authors, leads to a well structured obstruction to funding reform. In my opinion what the authors really were driving at is how the … Continue reading Chart of the Day…

Zoning,Speculation and assorted other real estate insanity #1

There is a national sensation where zoning policy, speculation and development swirl into the perfect storm to defeat common sense and the common good. I would say this phenomenom is in evidence here in Mansfield Mass and I’m offering this short post to introduce folks to the topic. Zoning policy has gotten off the rails here in the USA and I am not alone in that assertion. Post WWII development in the USA did in fact catalyze much prosperity but it was also ruthless in creating disparities and future tolls nobody seem to want to admit were possible. All across … Continue reading Zoning,Speculation and assorted other real estate insanity #1

November 15th….

I thank those who voted for me and otherwise supported my campaign. I learned a lot during the short campaign and have been left believing in all of the core principles of my campaign. Mansfield needs to get together to solve the problems we are facing. It is my hope to develop MansfieldUnited into a local grassroots movement that advances democracy and civic engagement. Please check back soon. Continue reading November 15th….

I believe in Democracy…

I believe in democracy and I believe the citizens of Mansfield have a great opportunity to reassert their authority. The Board of Selctmen should never give off the taint of partisanship for there can be only one party at this level of government and here that party must be MANSFIELD. I don’t believe the Board needs to have total public harmony going for it at all. In fact having the five members thrashing out what is truly best for the town is best. I believe a vote for whatever candidate/policy is a good vote. The notion of a “wasted vote” … Continue reading I believe in Democracy…

Sign on a Stick #4

Just got back from the train station and it was a good morning.** Dear T Commuters, As always I found it moving to watch the throngs of commuters descend upon the station and queue up for the train. There was and usually is a sort of civility and automation to it all yet many folks said “hello” or “good morning” before I could. You commuters really do represent an important demographic for the town and I for one appreciate you being here. I had a few good conversations with folks and feel reassurred folks will be voting on the 14th … Continue reading Sign on a Stick #4