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You can’t get there from here

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 most vehicles operating about the speed limit. Increasing traffic enforcement wouldn’t have much affect under these circumstances as most vehicles [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog, Worcester traffic speed monitoring program|Comments Off on You can’t get there from here

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

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 and sent out their usual cover-girl, Dianne Williamson, at the T&G to once again make excuses for the administration. Unfortunately, [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Main South Worcester MA, The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Dump it in South Main, Part II The Country Club Revolution

Fact Checking the Mayor on Safety

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 is down, and simply ,” Things are better than they have been in a long time.” So, with such lofty [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog, Worcester MA Crime Rates|Comments Off on Fact Checking the Mayor on Safety

Worcester, sanctuary city, and the politics of personal destruction

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 people living in this country illegally by not using municipal funds to enforce federal immigration laws. But as in sanctuary [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Sanctuary City, The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Worcester, sanctuary city, and the politics of personal destruction

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

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 living standards were their priorities. But, while the priorities of the voters have not changed, the priorities of the local [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog, Worcester's Local Party|Comments Off on Worcester’s Local Party: You Sir, are NO JFK!

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

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 you, the taxpayer? From the above Chamber Exchange Newspaper: And more from the above Chamber Exchange Newspaper: In order to [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on A renaissance in Worcester and what it means to you, the taxpayer?

The Woo Sox and Political Baseball

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 turn the issue into a rally for his campaign. He put forth a resolution that reads: “Be it hereby resolved [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|The Worcester Bravehearts, The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on The Woo Sox and Political Baseball

Just Dump it in South Main

By Michael Gaffney I had heard a rumor that the property at 1398 Main Street was going to become a drug rehab facility and the administration and certain state representatives were well aware of it, but conspired to keep it a secret. So, on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, I sent the following to the City [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Main South Worcester MA, The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Just Dump it in South Main