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S Ngyuen April 23, 2014 at 05:57 pm
I just watched that slideshow from the WCVB website and checked out the link one of the othersRead More provided.. Those numbers are alarming. It is not even close. It is pretty clear that the fighting dog is not out of this type of dog. Scary stuff.
Harriet Laurin April 23, 2014 at 06:21 pm
@suz.... "a certain type of clientele"? Which type is that? Cesar Millan, Jessica Biehl,Read More Alicia Silverstone, Helen Keller, Dr. Phil, Ken Howard, Andrew Vachss, Teddy Roosevelt, Ira Glass, Rachael Ray, Jamie Foxx, Jon Stewart, General George Patton.... probably aren't the "type of clientele" that you envisioned as being Pit Bull owners and supporters. I own two rescued dogs - one Chihuahua-Jack Russel mix and one PB.
Igor April 23, 2014 at 06:26 pm
Suz not too bright are you?.... I'm just sayin'.
Definite "no" on Article 7
George Georgountzos April 23, 2014 at 01:51 pm
I want to thank Tom and Ann Marie for sharing their thoughts on this Article. I would like to postRead More my thoughts on it, but must disclose that I do so not as the chairman of the Finance and Advisory Board ("FAB"), nor on behalf of the FAB, but that these are my individual thoughts and comments on this warrant article. When this article was presented to the selectmen, a member of the audience opined that it sounded like a solution looking for a problem; I could not agree more. There is nothing inherently or systemically wrong with the current system, but the problems that would inevitably result from this proposed change will bring politics and political arguments into the FAB, which arguably has remained above the political fray since at least 2010 when I first joined as a member. It is true that currently our members are appointed by the Moderator, but it would not be correct to say that we report to him, or he influences our debates or views. Indeed, his appointments have brought divergent opinions to the FAB which we debate often. We have a wonderfully diverse membership: we have liberals and conservatives; members of the workforce, stay-at-home moms, and retirees; Public sector workers and private sector entrepaneurs. We take our jobs seriously and feel that we provide an important and effective service to the Town, while at the same time engage in public service. We owe nothing to anybody, and are free to call a spade a spade, make inquiries about finances and policies, and strive to make sure--to the extent we can--that the town is run in a transparent manner. In short, our current system works. Perceptions or accusations that our FAB is "weak" are opinions for which the proposed changes will not likely address. In fact, if the FAB were to be appointed by the School Committee, the Board of Selectmen, and members chosen by them, it will truly eviscerate any semblance of independence and will undoubtedly weaken the FAB. The FAB is there to provide advice. It does not set policy or create budgets. In recent years, it served as a buffer between the Selectmen and the School Committee as the third prong of the so-called "Tri-Board." If this warrant article passes, we can rest assured that the policy debates and fights that for years highlighted our town's policy-making decisions would become agenda items of the FAB which is neither appropriate or desirable. That old adage applies here: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I urge the citizens who attend Town Meeting to vote against this Warrant Article and leave the Finance and Advisory Board as it is currently constituted in place to do its good work free of any outside influence. George Georgountzos, Esq. 11 Fieldstone Drive
Russ April 23, 2014 at 05:36 pm
Kudos to Ann Marie and Tom for presenting a coherent, factual presentation of the substanceRead More of this warrant article. This kind of quality work takes serious time and expertise. I agree in large part with George’s excellent commentary, but I would like to add my particular perspective. When this warrant article was presented to the selectmen, a member of the audience did opine that it sounded like a solution looking for a problem; I disagree. It is actually a personal problem looking for a solution. That problem is the continued exercise of power by an increasingly small group that has retarded the growth of our community over the last few decades. The solution proposed is to maintain iron-fisted control over town boards and committees. This benefits a small group of special interests here in town. While Stoneham has progressed despite this impediment, much work remains and now we have the talent in place to do just that. While the Town Moderator does appoint the FAB members, they do not report to him. Nor does the Town Moderator exert any undue influence over the board. The FAB appointments have made available to the town a wide variety of expertise as well as viewpoints. The addition of a number of women to the board has also provided a much needed perspective. We have had as many as 5-6 women on the board at one time. This was not always the case. All of this has created a more dynamic and effective aspect to our meetings. It is important to emphasize that FAB members owe allegiance to no town official. A board membership which pays taxes (as do you) exceeding $50,000 in total, is a powerful incentive to ensure effective oversight. Our board members have children who are educated in our schools. All of us depend on the public safety officers, fire and police, for the safety of our families. Also critical to our towns operation are the town administrative departments who ensure that we manage the town effectively as well as the DPW which maintains our town streets and recreation areas. The FAB members represent the interests of Stoneham residents effectively and ensure well-grounded decision making. In short, our current system works. Perceptions or accusations that our FAB is "weak" are ludicrous. These comments actually are made by those who are impotent. We are entitled to, and deserve, competent and effective strategic management of our town. The role of the FAB is to assemble information, develop analysis and provide advice. It does not set policy nor does it implement budgets. The FAB serves as a working board providing an independent viewpoint. I urge the hard working citizens who attend Town Meeting to vote against this Warrant Article and leave the Finance and Advisory Board as it is currently constituted. Russ Wilson N.B. Although I am a member of the Stoneham Finance and Advisory Board, the above is solely my personal opinion. Thanks to George for doing all the heavy lifting on this.
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BD April 22, 2014 at 07:06 pm
I would add that in consideration of my two dogs, I bought my current home in part because it had aRead More nice big yard that was easily fenced in and had easy access to the yard (even for an older dog)
Anthony Giglio April 23, 2014 at 07:04 am
#BD The yard is an important consideration. I am also fortunate enough to have a very large, fencedRead More in yard. Not something that I really gave much thought to when I purchased my home but now its one of the main reasons that I would have a hard time ever selling this place
Ron Swanson April 22, 2014 at 02:31 pm
First let me say this is a worthwhile program. But the press release should mention who is reallyRead More going to pay.....taxpayers. Unless the contractor is eating the cost, it will be included in their bill back to the state or they'll inflate the cost of another service to make up for it. Although, with the number of people who actually end up using it and given the short commuting distance, the cost will most likely be negligible.
Anthony D'Antonio April 22, 2014 at 04:28 pm
Ron, thank you for responding to my blog. Your point is well taken, however, we all pretty much knowRead More how the game is played when it comes to city, state or federal projects. It is true that the cost is always passed on to the taxpayer/consumer one way or another and that "for profit corporations" are just that...for profit! I am a St. Clement parishioner and my concern with this weekend project heightened when we here at the church realized that many people who attend live across the RR tracks, are elderly and do not drive and would be unable to go to church; no pedestrian path and no easy way to get there by car and park. Our parishioners support our church and our school buildings and their generosity is greatly appreciated and needed...especially on the weekends. And yes, you are correct, the cash outlay is nominal at best. In closing, the GLX team and Barletta Heavy Division was concerned with this issue...more so than the city of Medford administration.
Ron Swanson April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
Thanks Mr D'Antonio. Agreed, this is a cost effective solution to the problems construction willRead More cause this weekend. Completely understand the people being inconvenienced through no fault of their own should not bear the costs. Would just rather have the contractor actually take the loss on this mitigation if they want the positive PR that comes with it.
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Kim April 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm
What I think is really scary and a public health threat is the violence PEOPLE do to pit bulls. WeRead More kill millions of them every year. They are tortured in fighting rings, look at what Vick did. Humans are a very dangerous breed. THere should be laws or something to protect the public--and animals--- from people.
tribble April 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm
#Kim, all the more reason for restrictions, such as spaying and neutering. Less animals to be hurtRead More in fighting pits or put in the pound, only to be put down.
Notbricktrash April 23, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Here's a story http://m.digitaljournal.com/article/355611
Me -- off to the gym!
Frank Mulligan April 21, 2014 at 07:28 pm
Set a date. Eat go for a 3-5 mile walk. Lunch and supper. 1 day at a time. Drink water in theRead More evening. If you can find a partner it makes it easier. Good Luck. I did'nt halfta go to the gym.
Julie the Jarhead April 21, 2014 at 07:32 pm
I prefer the gym so I can get out and meet people, but a good brisk walk will do, too!
Arthur DeLuca April 21, 2014 at 07:47 pm
I don't own a car - never did. That means I WALK a lot. Hey, if I miss the once-an-hour bus home inRead More Malden, it's only 20 to 30 minutes to walk it. I still pack on pounds in the Winter, less ambition to go out and not as easy to walk. Now that the warmer weather is here, it's time to WALK to the comic book staore (NEC) again. You were spot-on with the 10-15 pounds thing. I'm looking to lose the 13 or so I put on.
Joe Viglione April 22, 2014 at 12:58 am
Arthur Deluca is protesting way too much. The day of reckoning will be soon as the AG's office hasRead More this information and more.
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Danielle Masterson (Editor) April 23, 2014 at 11:28 am
@Tim H: Such a great point on the text-to-speech. I haven't explored this fully yet, but I justRead More started an Audible account. I downloaded a Doctor Who book with my free credit. But I got the Audible account for precisely what you said: Being able to read, switch to listening, then go back to reading. Maybe another blog post is in the works......
Tim H April 23, 2014 at 11:52 am
@Danielle, the audible only works good on your smartphone or an MP3 player. You can use it at theRead More gym when reading may not be as convenient (try rowing while reading -- listening works). Or go for a walk outdoors while listening to a book... just be careful crossing streets. I believe there are pronunciations issues with the text-to-speech as it tries to simulate speech instead of being an actual recording like the audio books. Each has it's advantages.
Christine Hunnefeld April 23, 2014 at 07:30 pm
@Danielle, thank you for pointing out that ebooks are available from the library. Here is the linkRead More to the digital media catalog for libraries in the Minuteman Library Network http://digital.minlib.net They have bestsellers, classics, how-to, etc. As well as downloadable audiobooks which you can listen to on your phone, mp3 player, etc.
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Mad as hell... April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
Savecritters...I appreciate your concern but like I said you may want to make sure your homeownersRead More insurance will cover that dog. When you're on the receiving end of a pit bull dog's attack it's hard to fathom the logic in owning one.
Savecritters....you lost the argument as soon as you wrote "...owned by countless movieRead More stars..." What the hell does that prove?
tribble April 23, 2014 at 06:53 am
Yeah, Miley Cyrus' pit bull killed her little doggie last fall. The other dog that just died...it'sRead More being covered up how it died. That's why all the articles that mention coyote say "allegedly".
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Joe Viglione April 21, 2014 at 06:15 am
Checkbook is missing; how many bank accounts does the fraud board at Medford Community Cablevision,Read More INc. utilize to hide the monies? Oh, that's right, the "banking" genius Harvey Alberg and his mattress serve as the "authorized" venue where the hijacked money from cable TV subscribers is hidden
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Igor April 21, 2014 at 07:42 am
Boss Hogg and Anthony. Thank you both. Seeing where it's coming from I'll take that as a compliment.
Igor April 21, 2014 at 11:17 am
Penquin April 21, 2014 at 11:39 am
Wrong blog Igor, but I do agree with your opinions on this particular blog.
Hookerman April 23, 2014 at 11:41 am
For the record, Magic Johnson contracted HIV (not AIDS) through sex with a reported 10,000 differentRead More women. Do you actually believe you can only contract HIV though gay sex??? Christie, your comments are so ridiculously ignorant, that I’m almost willing to believe that you are putting us all on. I almost believe that there’s some poster who created this character of an extremely ignorant bible-thumping woman, and he is right now having a great laugh at how he’s put one over on us all. If that’s the case, then my hat’s off to you!
christie nicolle April 23, 2014 at 11:48 am
wait Hookerman - out of those 10,000 chicks, 1 of them slept with a homosexual -- frankly I heard heRead More was on the 'low down' but either way, his promiscuity got him. So my point is Salient! The bible warns that the wages of sin is death -- what more do you want? HAPPY EASTER!
ChristieD April 23, 2014 at 06:50 pm
Hookerman; thank you very much for differentiating me from ChristieN. I very much appreciate that.Read More Let me remind you, however, ChristieN's status as a "Christian" has endowed her knowledge on every possible situation where something is unknown. God must speak to her in some special way in those voices that she hears in her head (.....ChristieN; this is god, and I want you to spread the gospel of good news that Magic Johnson had gay sex and is going to hell........and by the way, judgment is a sin; WAIT, cut that one out....erase erase erase)
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Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 08:15 am
Definitely will add these to my long, long list of "to reads". Maybe I'll live longRead More enough to get to them all. Just finished an oldie but goodie ... but you know? The stories only stay with me for a while, I read so much that I forget what I've already read and after the first few pages, I get into it again and often continue since I liked it the first time around. There will never be enough hours in any day to read all I want to and thank goodness and God for Goodreads and, of course, my library and you, Danielle, for adding to my lists. Was offered a Kindle but know what? I really prefer to hold that book in my lap to read, plus I prefer to use my library ... it's FREE, for goodness sake, why would I pay to read anything but a newspaper? And, even that can be gotten at the library. If nothing else, I just love the smell of a library! (Sorry for my longwinded-ness ... just love, love books.)
Mamie Huggins April 20, 2014 at 08:37 am
Hey Anna - I'm a book lover too and use the library on occasion. But it's not FREE as you say, it'sRead More paid for by us taxpayers. Also, when I buy a book, especially by an unknown and/or local author, I'm helping that person to keep writing.
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 05:48 pm
Of course you're right Mamie but if I don't have to part with an additional penny from my pocket IRead More feel it's a treat. And you're right too about keeping authors writing I especially like books by new, first-time novelists who often surprise me with the wonder of their words.
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John D April 21, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Fake Boss Hogg. Kinda funny coming from a guy that picked "Almost Brilliant" as a handleRead More a week ago...
Notbricktrash April 22, 2014 at 01:04 pm
This guy is psycho I see all negative posts on this breed. Us all who are for the breed let's postRead More positive things. This guy has no life obviously to sit and pick apart a breed. My dad was a meter reader in the day he was attacked and bitten 9 times on different occasions. 2 of them were German sheps, rest were ankle biters. ALL dogs bite. My parents were ignorant with pit bulls I remember my neighbors bf had them in my yard when I was a kid and my moms screaming they are vicious get inside. (They were sweet dogs) that goes with them being uneducated about the breed. They witnessed my neighbors pit mauling the neighbors small dog (their dog was nice until the crack heads put him in a cage 24/7) they are like till recently they are dangerous blah blah blah and know what I educated them I now rescued a pit lab who is a big baby and whom my parents adore. I cross post animals all over and many are pit bulls. They say 1 of 600 finds homes. It's sad cause in my dad's years of meter reading not one pit bull attacked him. 2 days in a row I saw 2 pits running in and out of traffic on a main road by my house. Almost hit them. I got out of my car called them over (had no fear as if it were a smaller dog or a shep) they came to me I grabbed their collars and what did they do? They licked me. I'm in school to be an nj Animal control officer and an associates in vet tech and I can bet you in my life I will support the pit breed in some successful way. I will never hate the breed or judge them. I've got bitten by a smaller dog breed do I judge them? No. So educate before you discriminate
MARIA ESCOBAR April 22, 2014 at 06:00 pm
Thanks again Gina!! I could not have asked for more concise, clear cut corroboration for myRead More premise, than that which you have provided. Please keep it up as I pass these on to friends and we get a good laugh at the irony of it all.