Category Archives: News & Politics

What a view!

I firmly believe that like Seward’s Folly (the purchase of Alaska) that Mayor Al Lavender’s ill-fated host agreement with DEP’s favorite trash mafia; will in the end be a boon for Newburyport. Everyone has heard about the landfill but very … Continue reading

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It needs to happen!

I was very encouraged when I found out that the effort to name the southbound bridge after William Lloyd Garrison is still ongoing.      I know our elected officials are doing their best to put pressure on MassDOT which has a … Continue reading

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BAD LEGISLATION ALERT! IT CONTINUES!

Tomorrow Night will be another chance to stop an ill-conceived attempt to cater to special interests instead of taking care of the citizens as a whole. We dodged a bullet when it came to 100 State Street as outrage was … Continue reading

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Fox in the Hen House

Have you ever wondered about the story behind the First Religious Society of Newburyport?     Recently, the church sponsored an absolutely well-documented history – but it only goes up to the American Revolution and then stops.       During that time covered by … Continue reading

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Pollyannaish Newburyport

My last post produced some rather interesting responses that were very troubling, at least to me.      This city used to be a hot bed for politics – one side debating against the other with both doing (if they had a … Continue reading

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Now is the time to pick a new mayor!

If someone is going to be a viable opponent to Mayor ‘Bulldozer’ Holaday; they need to begin the process now.      It will be too late in the spring and a losing proposition in the summer/fall. This, of course, is obvious … Continue reading

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Improving sidewalks is a cheap way to boost equity and property values!

The IRS has actually codified this jump in values.    They have found that improving the public sidewalk that runs adjacent to a homeowner’s property will boost the appraised value of the private property.       They also found that installing historic brick … Continue reading

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