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So far Michael Gaffney has created 28 blog entries.

Connecting the dots on Augustus… Err, Polar Park

By Michael Gaffney   Having read multiple articles about the goings on regarding the City’s ballpark project, I thought I’d clear up a few things and make a few connections between the multiple entities being reported on. Let’s start out with the first clarification, it is not the WooSox ballpark (or any other name chosen [...]

By | December 10th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Connecting the dots on Augustus… Err, Polar Park

Worcester taxes, no new tale to tell…

By Michael Gaffney (Song lyrics by Love & Rockets – “No new tale to tell”)   “You cannot go against nature, because when you do, go against nature, it’s a part of nature too” It is that time of the year again when the additional tax assessments are about to divided up on the residents [...]

By | November 29th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Worcester taxes, no new tale to tell…

The more things change, the more they stay the same

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 coming alive with the Worcester Common Fashion Outlets and the soon to be artist district with the Burwick Building conversion. [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on The more things change, the more they stay the same

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

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 nothing. The precedent is horrible. The ban is on the sale of flavored tobacco and it was forced upon our [...]

By | May 9th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on An unelected, unaccountable board passes a fiscally irresponsible feel-good ban

Joe Early and the angry mob

Joe Early and the angry mob By Michael Gaffney   If you are not familiar with the happenings of District Attorney Joe Early, this article is not for you. Before we being to explore the topic, let’s establish what needs to be established. First, I am not a member of the establishment; Second, I’ve never [...]

By | May 8th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Joe Early and the angry mob

Winners and Losers of the GOP Convention

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 on the ballot). It is merely a snapshot of a performance at the convention. With work, every candidate on the [...]

By | April 30th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Winners and Losers of the GOP Convention

What is really going on in Worcester

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 Worcester” as ORH is the Worcester Airport designator) reports their concerns with the flight times as follows: “8:00AM departs Philadelphia [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on What is really going on in Worcester

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

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 and make them anyway, just be sure your goals are reasonable and attainable. New Year’s Eve is a time for [...]

By | December 27th, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions and why you should make them!

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

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 Shrewsbury as examples. There has been some nonsense being bantered about by those with a political agenda concerning the loss of [...]

By | December 20th, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on THE GOP TAX REFORM BILL AND LOCAL TAXES, IGNORE THE IGNORANT

Khrystian King, who art thou?

Khrystian King, who art thou? By Michael Gaffney This Week in Worcester is doing a candidate response to the question of why Worcester residents should vote for him and he failed miserably to outline any plan or any accomplishments. He starts out reminding everyone that he is a social worker: “My name is Khrystian King [...]

By | November 2nd, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Khrystian King, who art thou?