Monday, May 03, 2004
So, one of the things that we debated last week was whether to raise the fine for failing to remove the snow from your walkway from $10 to $25 per incident. This was inserted at the behest of the Chief of Police. In his remarks, the Chief mentioned that these laws are not enforced, but the fine increase was needed "in the event that we begin to enforce the law"
Now I take a back seat to no one when it comes to my support for the police, but why are we spending time monkeying around with laws that aren't going to be enforced? Wouldn't a better idea be for the Chief to come back and say "We are going to start enforcing this law this coming winter and we need it to have some teeth?"
There are a LOT of problems with the statutes and bylaws governing this, and I cannot even go into how broken it is. The Selectmen promise a full overhaul "anytime now."
I was one of the few that voted against the fine change. I weighed proposing an amendment to raise the fine to "one million dollars" (complete with my pinkie in my mouth), but thought that the humor might be lost on the assembled. It is actually quite thrilling to be shouting out "NO!" at the top of my lungs and realize that I am the only one against.
I have a few North Stars when it comes to how I want to govern: less taxation, less government, less regulation. Anything that fails those tests needs to be very well justified before it gets my vote and may not get it. I know that I am now a voice in the wilderness, but maybe I will eventually be heard...
a kind face
As is the case with a lot of local politics, a particular town is mostly rife with one particular political point of view. My town is no exception with the "progressive" politics winning out. It is not a surprise that Dennis Kucinich is the preferred Democrat candidate. So my "to right of Ronald Reagan" politics is a bit of a slap to some of the other Town Meeting members. But we all get over it.
There was a kindly little lady sitting in front of me, quizzing me about my troglodyte politics. She just could not believe that I support George Bush or the war in Iraq. Finally, in exasperation she said "you have such a kind face, how can you be a Republican?"
Before this is over, she is going to be my best friend.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Enough with the bitching! I finally decided to take Tip O'Neil's advice and realized that "all politics are local". I ran for a seat on Arlington's (Massachusetts) Town Meeting and won. I am a representative from my precinct. For those that are unfamiliar with the idea of Town Meeting, it is a moronic form of government, with over 100 representatives fighting out each and ever jot and tittle in the town. It is enough to make you claw your eyes out. But, like with most traffic accidents, it is impossible not to watch.
Saturday, April 24, 2004
pat tillman, rip
I really don't have much to say about the combat death of Pat Tillman that already hasn't been said. He was one of my favorite people in the aftermath of 9/11. I think that Arizona Cardinal's owner Bill Bidwell said it about as good as can be said:
In sports we have a tendency to overuse terms like courage and bravery and heroes, and then someone like Pat Tillman comes along and reminds us what those terms really mean.
Pat Tillman died as a hero and more importantly, as an American.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Yahoo! News - French Journalist Taken Hostage in Iraq
France first issued its warning on Friday. In a statement, the foreign ministry said that the "risk is high that French citizens would be confused with those of member countries of the coalition."
Yes, you wouldn't want to be confused with honorable men, wouldja?
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
wading into a different (shark filled) pool
Quite a while back, a friend of mine and I were discussing abortion. I am pro-life and he is pro-death (hey! This is my blog). He attempted a "gotcha" moment when he brought up my support for capital punishment. I attempted to explain at the time that they were not equivalent, but did not even come as close as this piece.
Thursday, April 01, 2004
a few words from america
Went to dinner with a friend last night. He is an apolitical sort; head down, business-focussed. He said something to me that sounded very prophetic to my ears. Something that many Americans that previously had not noticed are saying to themselves,
"You know, I am getting a little tired of Islam."
A couple more years of this endless Islamo-crapola and the whole world might be saying that...
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Jay severin rocks
If you live in the Boston area, then you know who Jay Severin is. He recently penned his first (?) Op/Ed in the Boston Globe about the failure that is about to be Liberal Talk Radio.