Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cuba's beachs... A State Budget defict of 700 million

As a lover of white sand beaches in the Caribbean, I can't wait to through my towel down on a Cuban beach... in a communist country... with 57 Chevy's that still run.

When the Castro's go... a new vacation island will appear and who knows, they may want to trade with us. All good I say and about time. That's one place and people we shouldn't fear.

The amount of the State budget deficit continues to increase. Deval's people said it was 300 million and now Mass Taxpayers Foundation Michael Widmer says it could be double that. Charlie will have his work load handed to him trying to balance the needs of the State while trying to fix what the ruling party has done once again, leave the house in financial trouble. And the move by Deval to transfer 500 managerial employees to a union, so to be protected from being let go when Charlie takes the reins, takes the patronage cake. 

Think back at this time at the next Town Meeting as the cuts may effect local aid and or education. All of which will hurt Framingham's budget.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Legalizing Marijuana ... the debate continues

As a result of the latest series of Public Policy Questions asked in November, which were overwhelmingly passed, Globe West published 2 opposing views. If Beacon Hill does not act in time, come 2016, the people will weigh in on this, as they have in the past, favorably.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Watching a friend die

Nothing slaps you in the face of your own mortality as when you witness a friend's slow but sure demise. Having lost many of my own relatives and parents years ago, I was reminded of the agony the family and friends go through as well as your sick friend.

In 2000 I was collecting signatures in front of CVS and Country Fair Market for Framingham's first Public Policy Question and met many. One older grey haired women, after hearing my speech, signed the ballot. Little did I know, this grey haired senior citizen would play such a role in my life. And in 2002 I decided to run for State Rep and was contacted by Toni Burrill. She asked if she might help gather signatures.. and that she did. She asked all her neighbors, family and friends. I did get on the ballot and lost my shirt to Deb Blummer. That same year, I started the talk show "Jim Pillsbury Live" and almost every show, Toni would call in, with a great question of our guests.

In 2004 my old friend Grave Easton became my co-host and played solo acoustic guitar and sung his own songs. Toni was Grave's biggest fan and loved his songs. In the Candle Light was her favorite song and if Grave didn't sing it on that show, she always let me know.

In 2012 I ran again and of coarse, Toni was collecting signatures for me. As her health waned, she couldn't get to her beloved TM. Toni wanted me to be at TM, so she didn't run again and I was elected to TM.

And then last year, she once again, collected signatures for my last Public Question. She believed in Democracy and how her signature meant something.

In the last months of her life, she was at Windgate and I would see her every day. I would take this frail women outside for a but, have a laugh or two and she really enjoyed it and got into trouble for doing it.

Toni was and will always be in my memories as long as I live.

Sunday at Boyle Brothers on Union Ave from 4 to 6PM is the wake

Monday at St George's at 10AM is her service.

Toni requested no flowers.

Ice Rink repairs top 5 million

I wonder how many readers think spending 5Mill plus on the Loring Arena?
I get the ADA upgrades and the his and hers lockers and showers.. of coarse.

Not being a hockey parent ever, I missed out on how nice it is to practice and play in Framingham, but may be a hard sell at TM. There are plenty of questions on why we own and run that place now. I thought we had approved monies at TM last year for Arena repairs, but perhaps I'm mistaken.

I can't wait to hear what else is in capital this year. More trucks for DPW to match the trash bins, I'm sure. And a new building for the "inventory".