Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Next Step In Doing The Job

Ken O’Brien

At Monday night’s joint meeting of the Town Council and the School Committee, committee member Jill Congdon made a succinct observation.

“A School Committee member’s primary responsibilities are policy, budget and overseeing the Superintendent “she noted.

Substitute the term ‘Town Manager” for “Superintendent” and one could make the same statement about the Town Council with equal validity.

This year for the first time in memory the Council took the step of instituting a budgetary practice commensurate with that in virtually every business and household. It took the (for a governmental body) extraordinary action of imposing a limit on spending before establishing a budget.

Southbridge Town Council Meeting - September 14, 2015

Joint Meeting of the Southbridge Town Council and School Committee - September 14, 2015

Joint Meeting of the Southbridge Town Council and Board of Assessors - September 14, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

Southbridge Town Council Agenda - September 14, 2015

Southbridge Town Council Meeting

MacKinnon Council Chambers

September 14, 2015

6 PM

The regular Town Council Meeting will follow Joint Meetings with the Board of Assessors and the School Committee to fill vacancies on those boards.

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter’

The Republican Party and its acolytes in the news media are trying to demonize the protest movement that has sprung up in response to the all-too-common police killings of unarmed African-Americans across the country. The intent of the campaign — evident in comments by politicians like Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky — is to cast the phrase “Black Lives Matter” as an inflammatory or even hateful anti-white expression that has no legitimate place in a civil rights campaign.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas crystallized this view when he said the other week that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were he alive today, would be “appalled” by the movement’s focus on the skin color of the unarmed people who are disproportionately killed in encounters with the police. This argument betrays a disturbing indifference to or at best a profound ignorance of history in general and of the civil rights movement in particular. From the very beginning, the movement focused unapologetically on bringing an end to state-sanctioned violence against African-Americans and to acts of racial terror very much like the one that took nine lives at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in June. 

Southbridge School Committee Agenda - September 8, 2015

Southbridge School Committee Agenda

MacKinnon Council Chambers

Tuesday September 8, 2015

7 PM