The Democratic Party’s path forward

  It has been over a month since the 2016 presidential election. For Democrats, the collective empty feeling and sleepless nights are still present. Why did the Democrats lose? Simply, it is because the Party nominated an unelectable candidate, who ran a terrible campaign, who lost to another unelectable candidate, who also ran a terrible […] Read more »

Flounder findings rooted in agenda drive “science”

On June 21, a letter I drafted about the Transboundary Resource Assessment Committee’s (“TRAC”) scientific process was published in the Gloucester Times. This letter is a follow-up to the TRAC meeting held on June 23-26 and the resulting George’s Bank Yellowtail Flounder Catch Advice. The TRAC is an international agreement between the United States and […] Read more »

Feds Cannot Ignore Other Fisheries Data

On the morning of June 5th, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) hosted a Pre-TRAC meeting at the New Bedford Public Library. The TRAC is an international agreement between the United States and Canada under which yearly catch limits for George’s Bank yellowtail, cod, and haddock are determined and allocated appropriately to each Nation. Attendees […] Read more »

New Bedford Must Be Unified to Solve its Educational Issues

The educational attainment of our citizens impacts every issue in our City.  All quality of life issues are tied to educational attainment. Future neighborhood stability, crime rates, economic development and the very health of our citizens are all dependent upon each of our children having the opportunity to receive an excellent education.  Everyone in New […] Read more »

Strong local media is the key to informed citizens

Engaged citizens require reliable, quality local media institutions. Our area has been fortunate to have a locally oriented newspaper, The Standard-Times. Say what you will about its news coverage, or its Opinion Page, from accolades to criticism, our local newspaper is the life blood of the region’s participatory democracy, and helps establish our region’s agenda. […] Read more »

Governor’s Regulatory Reform Will Create a Strong Economic Future

Appropriate, and carefully drafted government regulations create necessary parameters in all facets of our complex society.  Unfortunately, in many instances, regulations which are archaic, or not well-grounded, stunt economic development opportunities, resulting in job loss, and thwart new growth potential for our communities.  Fortunately though, business owners voice their specific concerns about onerous regulations, and […] Read more »

New Bedford’s Casino Prospects

New Bedford has long been considered as a potential host site for a destination casino in southeastern Massachusetts. With the passage and signing of the casino bill into law in November, the possibility has become increasingly real. In New Bedford, we have two developers who have secured options on parcels on which a casino could […] Read more »