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Well, the fall semester for my proper schoolin’ is almost here and I’ve just about got everything ready to go. I’ve also been a bit pre-occupied developing content ideas and design options for a possible replacement for this website. I haven’t had much free time to write very much, but I thought I’d at least take the time to post a few nuggets of news and opinion.
A couple weeks back I volunteered to do a little jail time for the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association). Below is a photo of me “serving time.”
“Jail” was actually Pazzo’s Restaurant. I stayed for about an hour and served my time with none other than Ward 3 City Council candidate Melvin Edwards, whose campaign I am helping out with this year. Melvin was accompanied by his wife, Suzanne, who was allowed to join him in our “cell” for the duration of our incarceration.
Above is Edwards pictured behind bars. The bars were actually just a prop that each convict held up, and the lined jail outfit was a loose-fitting smock.
I’m not sure how much bail money Melvin raised for charity, but I know my bail never approached triple digits. It was a fun effort, though.
LABOR UNION ENDORSEMENTS
Word just out today (Monday) that the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council AFL-CIO has endorsed seven local candidates for office, including two mayoral candidates.
Current Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette won the PVCLC’s endorsement for another term in office in that city, while Holyoke City Councilor Elaine A. Pluta won the Council’s endorsement for mayor of Holyoke. The current mayor, Michael J. Sullivan Jr., has opted not to run for a sixth term in office.
And in the city of Springfield, the PVCLC has endorsed the following candidates for City Council: Ward 4 City Council candidate E. Henry Twiggs; Ward 5 City Council candidate Clodo Concepcion (who was recently appointed to the Springfield Park Commission by Mayor Domenic Sarno); Ward 7 City Council candidate (and current School Committee member) Michael Rodgers; and Ward 8 City Council candidate Orlando Ramos.
Additionally, current School Committee member Christopher Collins won the PVCLC’s endorsement for the District 3 School Committee seat. The Springfield School Committee, like the City Council, will be transitioning to Ward Representation with this year’s elections. The School Committee will be made up of four members elected by District and two members elected at-large, plus the Mayor. The City Council will consist of thirteen members and be made up of eight councilors elected by ward and five members elected at-large.
Springfield’s Ward 3 City Council candidate, Melvin Edwards, furthermore picked up the endorsement of the Healthcare Workers Union 1199 in mid-August.
IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD
U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy is dead.
Frankly, I wasn’t very impressed with the man as either an individual or a politician. After the car accident that resulted in the death of campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne (pictured), Kennedy received substantially less than a wrist slap for his misdeed. This despite the fact he a.) left the scene of an accident and failed to report the accident to authorities until after the vehicle was found the next day (leading some to believe that was the only reason he reported it), and b.) was found to have lied to a judge in the subsequent hearing on the accident.
Kennedy received a 2-year suspended sentence for his actions. His political career, however, was barely affected, with his lone “punishment” being a loss of any credible chance at being elected President of the United States. Darn it.
Meanwhile, in the over forty years of his senatorial career, Massachusetts is a poorer state today than it was before he first took office.
The pampered, privileged member of the dynastic Kennedy clan never knew hardship. He was first elected to the United Sates Senate in 1962, and, with the notable exception of the Chappaquiddick “unpleasantness,” it was pretty much smooth sailing in his life from there on in.