Thursday, September 20, 2018

POW MIA Recognition Day

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. The date this year is Friday, September 21st. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the United States but it is a national observance.
Americans across our country pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war, as well as those who are still missing in action, and their families. All military installations fly the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing.
Veteran rallies are a part of this national day of recognition, and here in Framingham we will be holding the 2nd annual POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony on Friday, September 21st at our POW/MIA memorial statue at 6pm.  The address for this event is 15 Blandin Ave, Framingham at the MWRTA Station.
There are 1,594 service members nationwide still listed as MIA.  Of those, 39 are from Massachusetts.  We will be honoring each of those brave men, who gave all in service to their country, and will be reading their names and lighting a candle in remembrance for those 39 from Massachusetts.
Speakers for this event include:  Vietnam Veteran Ed Carr
The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag symbolizes the United States’ resolve to never forget POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing.
In capital letters on that flag are the words: “You Are Not Forgotten”. Please join us for this solemn and important event as we live up to those words.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Water Rate increase hearing

For those who didn't see it have a look see here.

I will say Mike Cannon held his ground and asked a few basic questions that are on everyone's mind.. like what will the Mayor do to off set the 2% increase. She took great exception to the questions and perhaps Mike may have pushed the limit... but all in all.. I'm glad he did. Starts at 36:00
She doesn't like to be challenged. And notice how many residents were there.. maybe 5. At lest at Town Meeting, their budget went through Ways and Means for review. And maybe 120 or TMM's would be able to voice an opinion.

So from my years on Town Meeting, I know dept service is a major factor in our budget now as in the past. We are all paying for the neglect of the BOS... and it's almost funny that 4 members of the current council were on the Board years ago when many of these infrastructure needs were ignored.

So my rant is this: What FinCom didn't drill down on enough is the cost associated with the repair and state mandated upgrades. In every single project, there's a line item for detail pay. And over the year it can amount to millions. There's a reason why over 40 of our officers make over 100,000 a year. Why we can't use civilian flagers is beyond me.. or why can't FPD charge the city less for their work on detail sites.

We are compelled to fix whats broken and upgrade for State compliance.. no question. But why can't we look at ways to save a few bucks on every project. Two percent may seem nothing to the Mayor who makes over 180,000, but for us who are on fixed income, these increases, all be it small, amount to uncertainty for many in the City for the long haul.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The poeple who will stay... in the face a complete descruction

I hope all of you have seen a bit of what's about to happen with the hurricane smashing into the south. And of coarse of incompetent President has assured everyone down there that they (the Feds) are completely ready. This from a President who contends he did a great job with Puerto Rico and almost 3 thousand dead.
But some of the people CNN interviewed from their homes and beach are just nuts. One couple were in there late 20s and told the reporter, "I boarded up my windows" . One middle aged women with dogs says she didn't have a reliable car and has a bunch of rescue dogs as her companions. For the love of God... who are these people? What posses people to think this way? I just heard about wave heights close to the storm.. 83 feet high. Even if it's 15 ' by the time it hits there... with multiple high tides... there wont be anything left. I just hope they know that no one is coming to rescue them.

The drug lab scandall and it's lingering effects on the tax payers

As our readers will attest, this subject of the drug lab scandal has been written about on this blog extensively. Way back I wrote that the State would be on the hook for the expenses the scandal has created. At this point, thanks to a SJC ruling from Colorado that ordered the State to refund fees to woman who was convicted but later acquitted of felony drug charges.  Our State now is looking at a price tag of maybe 10 million to pay back. But where does that money come from you ask? in comes Beacon Hill who will have to address this with a funding source. This also means, the money confiscated in many cases by the local cops must be paid back but as we know, it's already been spent or stolen. There is a case here in Framingham Court involving Stephanie Green who had her convictions vacated in 2017.
The lack of accountability and oversight has made this mess and now the tax payers will be on the hook to pay those people who have had their cases vacated. And what about the assets that have been taken, auctioned off? Cars, boats, jewelry, guns, homes?

From the Globe:

An assistant state attorney general estimates it could cost “north of $10 million” to reimburse fees and fines of defendants whose convictions were thrown out because of a pair of drug lab scandals in Massachusetts, court records show.
Answering a question from a state Supreme Court justice, Robert E. Toone said he thought the state would have to pay “a large amount of money” to defendants to compensate them for fines and fees they had to pay because of their convictions.
Tens of thousands of convictions have been vacated because of the misconduct of Annie Dookhan, a former chemist at the state’s Hinton drug lab in Jamaica Plain, and another former chemist, Sonja Farak, who worked at an Amherst drug lab.
“I would imagine, once you combine the Dookhan-Farak defendants, it’s probably north of $10 million,” Toone said during an appearance before the state’s high court on Friday. “That is only my personal estimate.”
On Friday, the court heard two cases together in which defendants’ convictions were vacated in connection with Dookhan’s misconduct.
One of the cases was out of Haverhill, in which Jose A. Martinez had three drug convictions vacated and the charges dismissed because of Dookhan’s malfeasance, according to court filings. The other matter arose from two cases involving Stephanie Green out of Framingham District Court. Green had convictions vacated in 2017 because of an SJC ruling related to the Dookhan scandal, according to court filings.