The more things change, the more they stay the same

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney The buzz was about town that Worcester was on the move. I was 23 years old and buying my first home. I chose Worcester. All the talk about how the downtown was [...]

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An unelected, unaccountable board passes a fiscally irresponsible feel-good ban

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney   An unelected, unaccountable board has decided that you are no longer free to purchase products sold legally. Your elected officials had voted against the ban, but in Worcester, your vote means [...]

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Winners and Losers of the GOP Convention

By | April 30th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

Winners and losers of the GOP Convention By Michael Gaffney   Here is my take on the 2018 Massachusetts GOP Convention. Remember a "win" or "loss" at the convention means nothing (unless you didn't get [...]

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What is really going on in Worcester

By | April 9th, 2018|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

There has been a media blitz about the announcement by American Airlines that they will be offering a flight from Worcester to Philadelphia with a return flight the next day. However, Flyorh (which is “Fly [...]

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New Year’s Resolutions and why you should make them!

By | December 27th, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

New Year’s Resolutions and why you should make them! By Michael Gaffney   Your hairdresser, friends, and everyone on social media will be mocking New Year’s resolutions in the next few days. My advice, smile [...]

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THE GOP TAX REFORM BILL AND LOCAL TAXES, IGNORE THE IGNORANT

By | December 20th, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

THE GOP TAX REFORM BILL AND LOCAL TAXES, IGNORE THE IGNORANT By Michael Gaffney   This is just a quick and not needlessly overdetailed analysis of the local effect of tax reform using Worcester and [...]

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Mind your own beeswax and the over regulation of society

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: regulation of bees in Massachusetts, The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney Did anyone know bees were so controversial in Worcester? We all know they have been dying out for some reason, but in my three years on Council and the thousands of people [...]

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You can’t claim to be “Cutting into the bone” while wasting taxpayer money

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney I received a message from a concerned constituent advising that the City awarded a bid to a local constable despite the bid being higher from the local constable than the bid from [...]

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You can’t get there from here

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog, Worcester traffic speed monitoring program|

Speeding is nothing new, but is it worse? Mayor Petty pointed out that a traffic speed monitoring program completed after numerous speeding complaints, showed that speed wasn’t really an issue. The study measuring speed found [...]

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Dump it in South Main, Part II The Country Club Revolution

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Main South Worcester MA, The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney Rassias, the developer and owner of the former Anna Maria Nursing Home in South Main will no longer hold public meetings about the development. Apparently, most of our politicians are in hiding [...]

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Fact Checking the Mayor on Safety

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog, Worcester MA Crime Rates|

Daniel Jackson Jr Recently, current mayor of Worcester, Joseph Petty, has published campaign literature, in hopes of another term. Within the pamphlet our Mayor makes some bold statements regarding his tenure. He claims that crime [...]

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Worcester, sanctuary city, and the politics of personal destruction

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Sanctuary City, The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

Michael Gaffney Is Worcester a sanctuary city? According to the Telegram and Gazette, November 15, 2016: Worcester is not a sanctuary city, which is a term coined in the 1980s for a community that shelters [...]

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Worcester’s Local Party: You Sir, are NO JFK!

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog, Worcester's Local Party|

Michael Gaffney I often say that Worcester is a JFK Democrat city. The citizens of Worcester were Democrats because they were champions of the blue-collar workers against the big business class. Jobs, pay, and decent [...]

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A renaissance in Worcester and what it means to you, the taxpayer?

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney As we see new buildings finally going up from the nearly 10 year old City Square Project, we keep hearing about a renaissance in the City. But what does it mean to [...]

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The Woo Sox and Political Baseball

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: The Worcester Bravehearts, The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|

By Michael Gaffney Will Worcester land the Boston Red Sox AAA team? All appeared on track to at least get an offer, but then politics got involved when Mayor Joe Petty decided that he would [...]

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