Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Buy American now 'Out of Order'?

On Monday June 16th 2014 I attended annual Town Meeting in Carver, Ma. I was particularly intersted in Article 13:

Article 13

I was the second resident to speak on Article 13, and through the Town Moderator I offered an amendment:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bringing prayer back to the Town of Carver

I want to thank Selectman Marrone for bringing prayer back to the Town of Carver.

Personally I'm probably not the most religious person to be commenting on this, but I have great respect for the faithful, and for the founding fathers of this country. The Founding Fathers were men of faith, who were guided by their deep religious convictions. Our Federal and State governments have hundreds of years of precedence of saying prayers at the beginning of meetings and sessions. After the US Supreme Court recently ruled that legislative bodies such as the Board of Selectmen can begin their meetings with prayer, there was no hesitation on the part of Selectmen Marrone to bring this issue forward for a vote.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

New School Project

The town of Carver needs to completely refurbish the current one, or build a new elementary school, there is no question about it. The current school is rated 5th worst in the state, by the MSBA.

Previously there have been 3 town votes on this topic, and all have fallen short of getting enough votes to move forward. I've noticed over the years that the town is very divided on many issues, this being at the top of the list.

I support doing something to fix, or to build a new school. But I also understand that there are alot of folks in town that might not be able to afford a big property tax increase. Each dept. budget should have to cut back a little bit, maybe 2-4% where possible. The CPA should be reduced to 1% (from 3%) even temporarily, for a couple of years. Every little bit that could bring down the total project cost could help.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Common Core comes to Carver 1

Common Core comes to Carver 1: the unfunded mandates kick in

I'll be reporting on the local implementation of the Federal "Common Core State Standards" rollout this year. This may be starting out of order, but this first post is for the unfunded mandates which kick in for FY 2015. Later I'll circle back and write about some of the temporary benefits we received from the "Race to the Top" (aka RTTT) federal program.