Friday, August 7, 2009

Winners and loosers

Concerts on the Green, August

August 7- Tom Nutile (big band)
August 14-Infractions- you will love this popular cover band
August 21 Wayne Potash- family fun, bring all the kids.
August 28- Lincoln County Band (country & western at its best)

MBTA Chief Grabauskas has resigned under pressure, but his going away package is 327,000. Who among us can leave a job with that kind of bonus?

The Town of Ayer will pay 3.1 million in wrongful conviction. In his lawsuit in 2006 Dennis Maher who spent 19 years in prison, accuses cops of improper eye witness identification, fudging chronologies and failing to check out his alibi. The lead detective from Lowell, who is now the top cop in Boston, Commish Davis says he regrets the wrong man went to prison, but felt he did his job as a detective.

In the DiMasi federal case, the judge has been asked to disqualify his attorney Tom Kiley.

Cash for clunkers gets funded... buy now if you can.


At August 7, 2009 at 10:13 AM , Blogger Brian V. said...

Just reading a bunch of these posts. Had stopped checking here since you seemed to be out of touch for a while. Glad to see you are back. I have a comment on the stuff you posted about unemployment. How long are we going to pay people to sit around and do nothing? I agree completely with unemployment benefits for that 26 week period. If you have not found a job in 6 months then it is because you are not looking very hard. They should have to prove they are actually looking for a job every week before they automatically get that check. Why should money from my taxes pay these people to sit home and do nothing? I heard this morning that 6.5 million people are collecting, but only 140,000 are collecting under that extended benefit program. Seems funny that millions can find jobs but not these last 140,000. It gets my goat to see these people with their great tans because they sit on the beach all day collecting unemployment while the rest of us go off to work and pay taxes so they can collect. I lost my job last December and I am an older worker in my late 50s. But I was not going to sit around and let my wife support our family on her own. I started looking actively the day I got laid off. Took me 4 months but I found a job. Not making what I use to make but I am paying the bills and doing my part. If I can find a job then why shouldn’t these people who have been collecting for more than 6 months be able to find one also? If you are serious about running in 2010 Pillsbury you should take a stand on this issue. Not many of us struggling at lower paying jobs are going to support someone who says he thinks we should pay people to collect unemployment for ever with out some type of proof that they are really looking for work.

At August 7, 2009 at 11:50 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


247,000 people lost their jobs last month, 5 million unemployed have not found a job in 6 months. Cash for clunkers, 2 billion more will help keep some employed in the auto industry. Stimulus money, while slow to get in the right hands, is responsible for many construction jobs. Health Care and defense are increasing employment, while retailers and service business are laying off.

As a laid off older worker myself, I know first hand how hard it is to get decent employment or even an interview or rejection letter. But the EU checks are barely keeping people in their homes and have forced some to drastic measures. Walking away from your home is just one. Part time work is up and so is contracting with little to no medical coverage. And as CNN money reports, some have taken part time work to get by after the EU bennies have stopped.

EU benefits do run out and in other parts of the country, it's the only way to survive, temporally. Here in Mass is no different, some can get employment, and some can't.

By the way, we all paid into the EU benefits when we were working, (first 26 weeks) the Feds have extended the EU benefits because of the bad economy.

Another stimulus package may get more people back to work, more confidence in the economy will get people with money to start spending, thus hiring more people. A small percentage of laid off workers game the system, 1 or 2% perhaps, but in today's world, I really don't feel most who haven't found a job are screwing us.

We do have to keep records of employment searches and turn them in if asked.

At August 7, 2009 at 12:55 PM , Blogger Edward said...

Why the hell are we paying this guy more to fire him that we had to pay him for a salary when he was working? Something smells rotten here

At August 7, 2009 at 3:02 PM , Blogger Old soldier said...

Glad to see the concerts on the common are continuing. Inexpensive way for a night out in town. They seem to be well attended so people are taking advantage of this. We need more of this type of thing, and more of this type of news, to remind us that not all is bad in the world. Good response about unemployment Jim. I hate to be paying for these people who sit around not even looking for work, but I also know that work is tough to find. Would rather pay one lazy slob than take a chance of not paying someone who really deserves it. Err on the side of caution is best in these times I think.

At August 7, 2009 at 4:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about we send Commissioner Davis to Walpole for 19 yrs because we think he intentionally sent an innocent man to prison, and then let him out with nothing but an apology and see how he feels? So he thinks he did a good job as a detective in sending this man to prison? If he thinks sending the wrong person to jail and allowing a guilty person to live free and continue to comit crimes is “doing a good job”, what does he call the job he is doing as Boston Police Commissioner? Does he think that is a good job also? Better watch out if you live in Boston. The Commissioner thinks putting innocent people in jail is doing a good job, and we know how he wants to do a good job! Typical cop arrogance.

At August 10, 2009 at 11:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the reason for being asked to disqualify the attorney for DiMasi?

At August 11, 2009 at 5:54 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


According to the Globe, Thomas Kelly gave advise to the prosecutions start witness prior to DiMasi's indictment.

Thicker than thieves they are

At August 12, 2009 at 7:59 AM , Blogger Fred J. said...

So even the dishonest politicians lawyers are dishonest. Only in MA. THis MBTA fare hike fiasco seems like a story we are not getting all the details on. Patrick sure does seem complicit in this whole mess. I bet we have not heard the end of this one.

At August 13, 2009 at 9:35 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Fred hit the nail on the MBTA problems, which boil down the Deval's handling of a political problem. He looks like a fish out of water on this one and Alosi is just looking for a place to hide.


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