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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?

Gary Rosen makes the grade

Gary Rosen makes the grade By Michael Gaffney This Week in Worcester is doing a candidate response to the question of why Worcester residents should vote for him and Gary Rosen was Gary Rosen: He leads off with what he thinks is his strong suit, constituent services: “I’ll continue to provide attentive and responsive service [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Gary Rosen makes the grade

Grading Councilor George Russell

  By Michael Gaffney This Week in Worcester is doing a candidate response to the question of why Worcester residents should vote for you. George Russell’s responses were as hilarious as dishonest. He leads off by claiming he supported public safety: “I pushed for foot patrols in areas that needed attention. My interaction with Neighborhood [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|The Worcester Independent Leader Blog|Comments Off on Grading Councilor George Russell