August 4, 2021:
Admit we are powerless over the current political class, that our lives here have become unmanageable.
Believe that new people will restore our city processes to some semblance of transparency and accountability for the benefit of the good people of Gloucester who, by the way, are paying the freight.
Make decisions to give our votes to candidates who don’t ignore the wishes and desires of the citizens of Gloucester.
Make a good attempt to elect candidates who can insist that integrity guide the political class in Gloucester.
Admit to ourselves the exact nature and dysfunction of the current political class of Gloucester.
Be entirely ready to have new people populate the political class and remove the defects of the old political class.
Ask for help and work together to impress upon the ruling class that we mean business.
Take inventory of all those harmed by past policies affecting the citizens of Gloucester and be willing to make amends to them all.
Make direct amends to citizens harmed, wherever possible.
Continue to conduct ourselves with integrity and when we stray get right back on track.
Seek through direct dialogue with the citizens of Gloucester to carry out the will of the people and not the will of special interests. Again, we are paying the freight.
Once we are back on track, stay there. Hold the position and let it guide the new, enlightened, full-of-integrity fiduciaries forward.
Candidate for Councilor-At-Large 2021
August 4, 2021: Mosquito Season is Here!
The State EEA is signaling municipalities conduct some mosquito control measures to qualify for an exemption from the state mosquito control program in the 2022 season. If the City fails to meet the State's review criteria, the City will relinquish control and the State will administer their regional program here.
The Gloucester Board of Health will meet Thursday August 5th @ 5:30 pm. Board of Health meeting Aug 5th @ 5:30 pm
Please consider speaking during oral communication to encourage the BOH and health department to report on current mosquito control efforts and inquire as to how they plan to work towards compliance in the State Mosquito Control Program.
Both Gloucester and Rockport have been approved for exemption from state mosquito pesticide controls for this season. In order to obtain a municipal opt-out approval for 2022, the State has placed expectations and goals to be met for this season.
Municipal Opt-Out approval letters included this statement from EEA:
"Despite approval, there remain substantial opportunities for improvement in all plan submissions this year. This includes the existence of and quality of alternative mosquito control management services to be provided, implementation of source reduction methods, data collection and analysis, assessment of efficacy, and regional coordination. Most importantly, this also includes the extensiveness of education and outreach to local residents."
The EEA further points out: “Looking beyond this season, guidance for the 2022 opt-out application process will be forthcoming. EEA expects to evaluate lessons learned from the 2021 opt-out process to amend the process for the next year.
While we anticipate the application will have expanded scope and requirements, and that applications will be subject to significantly more stringent review, we also expect to increase resources and support for municipalities in developing plans.”
The State Mosquito Control Task Force is charged with setting State mosquito control policy beginning in 2023. The MCTF will meet Tuesday August 10th @ 12:00 pm.
Zoom link: Mosquito Task Force meeting August 10th
Thank you for your interest in preserving Gloucester as a safe mosquito control community.
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Gertrude hears a lot, some of it's rumor, some of it's not. All of it is what she thought she heard, after all she's just a bird.
August 4, 2021: Change and progress are often interlopers; someone gains, someone suffers. Rarely does everyone win. Tim Plouff
July 29, 2021: Gerti read on Facebook that Jen Holmgren may run for State Representative and that Joel Favazza may also run for State Representative
July 28, 2021: Gerti describes the drop in the seagull population as precipitous. Also she has never seen a seagull conquer the baffle quite like the one illustrated on the left. It certainly seems to her if they were able to sit on the pilings and poop in the water they wouldn't be so likely to perch on street lights and poop on the cars below.
July 28, 2021: Several years ago the city government was organized under Plan E , https://malegislature.gov/laws/generallaws/parti/titlevii/chapter43 In the old days there would be 30 or 40 people running for office for city council, all at-large. Seven councilors were voted in and the tradition was that the person with the most votes became the council chair and mayor, but the title of mayor was largely ceremonial, and the work was entrusted to a paid executive called a City Manager.
NOI 028-2776 - 11 Webster Street - City of Gloucester
More rubber stamping, agenda: SKM_28721073011570 (gloucester-ma.gov)
Two very important appointments to be discussed. Update from search committee for new Board of Health member (replacement for Segall). Discu...
July 1, 2021:
She's one of a kind . . . our Sefatia.
We all know unique people. Sefatia may be one of the most unforgettable people you will ever know.
How do you know Sefatia?
Based on her background, what would you expect Sefatia to be like?
What is an instance of Sefatia's unique behavior?
What is another instance?
What is a third instance?
How would Sefatia handle a real crisis?
How would she handle a big win?
Do all people see Sefatia as you do?
What has Sefatia taught you about life in the City?
What should be engraved on a stone commemorating her service to the City?
Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents Penguin Random House LLC, 2020, Rod Dreher 229 pp. $27.00
If you are alarmed about the rise of Leftist progressive ideologies, the cancel culture of wokeness, and the suspension of civil liberties (freedom of speech and freedom of worship in particular), this book explains how we got to this point, and more importantly, what can be done about it. While the fire storm of cultural revolution swept the nation last summer, Dreher was in the process of publishing this book. According to Dreher, the United States has long been sliding into what he calls “soft totalitarianism”. And Christians are in the crosshairs.
In the first section, Dreher provides historical context for the rise of totalitarianism in the Soviet Bloc and interweaves it with interviews of Christian dissidents who survived it. He points out how much of what happened then, corresponds to what is happening in our country now. What can be done?
The answer is to “live not by lies” as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exhorted before he was exiled in 1974. Drawing on lessons learned from resistance heroes, Dreher outlines steps to surviving and living in truth: form small groups, strengthen family, reclaim religion (even if the church is shuttered) preserve cultural memories and stand in solidarity. It may be a long resistance, but he says, “we are still here…where there is memory and desire there is hope.”
Senior editor at The American Conservative, Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, LA. He has written and edited for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and National Review, and is the bestselling author of The Benedict Option.
Perhaps the animal most associated with St Cuthbert today is the eider duck, or Cuddy duck (Cuddy being a shortened form of Cuthbert).
You can find her along the waterfront.
A Noble Vision of Gulls: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/a-noble-vision-of-gulls/