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GREENWICH STYLE – THE 30 PERCENT

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Tuesday night’s meeting of the BET Budget Committee brought no budget guideline surprises. As expected, the 4-member committee failed to approve any guidelines. The 2-2 vote was split along party lines, with Republicans voting in favor of the draft that was before the committee, and Democrats voting against. But what’s surprising is that, prior to […] [Read More]
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POLITICAL PARTY STRUGGLES FOR CONTROL OF THE BOE HARM EDUCATION

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Investment in education is the key to our American future. This is true at every level of government from the federal to our most local Board of Education. It’s true in our personal lives, in the personal lives of each and every American, whether ourselves, our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, or all Americans in all […] [Read More]
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TRICK OR TREAT – WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THE BUDGET?

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It’s trick or treat time. And Halloween’s when the BET’s 4-member Budget Committee is scheduled to have a third discussion of the 2013-14 draft budget guidelines, probably the final such discussion, before committee members vote on the guidelines. But there’s a trick here. The RTM’s Budget Overview Committee (BOC) has already voted on the guidelines. […] [Read More]
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IT’S STILL LOUIS ARMSTRONG MONTH IN GREENWICH

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Thanks to Greenwich Library and BackCountry Jazz, October has been an extraordinary month for jazz lovers, as well as for those just learning about this profoundly American art form. And October’s not yet over. It’s still Louis Armstrong Month in Greenwich. Bringing the month to a close next Sunday afternoon, October 28, at 2 p.m., […] [Read More]
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SOCIAL JUSTICE UN-AMERICAN?

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Many of us – and not just Democrats – were in shock after reading that State Senator Scott Frantz called “social justice” un-American during a speech at the official opening of Republican campaign headquarters Thursday. “The Democrats,” he is quoted as saying in a Friday Greenwich Time article by Frank MacEachern, “How fundamentally un-American of […] [Read More]
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DRAFT BUDGET GUIDELINES NEED RE-WRITING

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Tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. the BET’s budget committee will hold its first discussion of the draft budget guidelines prepared by committee chairman Joseph Pellegrino. This budget guidelines workshop will be held  in training room B on the 3rd floor of the police facility. Contrary to some of the misinformation that has been put forward, […] [Read More]
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TOWN NEEDS POLICY FOR SCHEDULING MEETINGS

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Rosh Hashanah, the two-day Jewish holiday that began at sundown Sunday, has just ended with this Tuesday’s 7:39 nightfall. I emerged from my new year’s repentance, reflection and prayer to news of controversy over the fact that the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting (RTM) met during the holiday last night. It was the legislative body’s regularly […] [Read More]
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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PRO-CHOICE REPUBLICANS?

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Last week’s Republican Convention in Tampa was underway when I began my column – “Women’s Rights Are Not a Distraction” – that appeared in Greenwich Time this past Sunday (September 2, 2012). Given the extreme anti-choice Republican platform (make abortion illegal, no mention of any exceptions, support for a personhood Constitutional amendment), the extreme anti-choice […] [Read More]
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