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Health Insurance Working Group holds secret meeting

If something isn't broken, you shouldn't try to fix it.

Someone needs to explain this simple concept to our representatives on the Board of Selectmen and the AB Regional School Committee, who have chosen to negotiate changes to the health insurance plans and payments across all union entities in executive session rather than in public. That might be a reasonable procedure, except these same negotiations were done four years ago and everything was done in public. The process worked fine and the results were good, so why the change?

Silver dollar blues

In the Star Trek universe, members of Star Fleet do not get paid; at least, there is no reference to it that I can recall. Everybody seems to work for free and the reward is being able to be a member of the space-faring club and wear the snazzy uniform. They go on their five-year mission and all of their needs are taken care of.

They also never seem to use the restroom. Could it be the zero-g environment?

Donald Trump and lies

There was a very strange article last week in the WSJ, written by the editor, Gerard Baker. In it, he argued that Donald Trump told a lot of falsehoods, but they weren't technically lies because a liar needs to know they are lying when they utter the statement. If you don't know something is a lie, and it turns out to be false, you may be guilty of several things but lying may not be one of them.

Abandonment of allies soon to end

President Obama will be leaving office in four weeks. But before he goes, he'd like to remind the world why America's leadership role has been in severe decline, and he found an elegant way to do so by throwing Israel under the U.N. bus.

First Amendment and flag burning

I am a huge supporter of the First Amendment, but I understand why some people are very upset about protesters who burn the flag. Today's article will explain why we can't make it illegal to burn the flag.

Trump and the Russians

The media has been obsessed with the hacked emails of the Hillary Clinton campaign, and for good reason. What they revealed has been literally disgusting. It includes lots of private disparagement of wide swaths of Americans (to go along with the public disparagements of Trump supporters as irredeemable deplorables), coordination and collusion between the Clinton campaign and the mainstream media, and most importantly, the "pay to play" intersection of the Clinton foundation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the possible currying of favor with a future H. Clinton presidency.

AB School District proposes hundreds of millions in new elementary buildings

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District is starting the process of upgrading the aging elementary schools in Acton, with a projected cost of around $250 million-$400 million. The plan is still very fluid, but the preliminary approaches from which the School Committee will eventually choose will be presented to the community tomorrow night, Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 pm, in the Junior High library.

You cut, I pick

I've been on Cloud Nine for the past three weeks, and I really don't know why. OK, I'm lying. We all know why, but I won't rub it in.

I happen to be in NYC today for a long weekend, and we walked by Trump Tower. Didn't see the man, but did see maybe half-dozen camera crews setup across the street, lots of pedestrian traffic, with many taking selfies with the sign/tower behind them, and a few protesters. One of them had a good line. As the crowds would bottleneck, he urged them to keep moving around him: "move to the left" he would shout. Well, maybe every little bit helps.

Make Acton Great Again

Wednesday morning's presidential shocker must have been like an earthquake in Acton, which showed how out of step it was with the rest of the country, supporting Hillary Clinton with 70% of the votes cast for president, to Donald Trump's 20%. A 70% margin in Acton is basically a sign of token opposition.

Post pardon depression

The presidential race is now too close to call, but in a few days, we will have a new president-elect. No matter who wins, I am pretty certain that President Obama will be issuing blanket pardons to the Clintons and their minions for all their illegal activities over the past eight years as they ran a "pay to play" operation under the cover of charity to enrich themselves. Of all this, there is now no doubt.

Stop the race-baiting

For the first part of the election, the primary, I didn't pay much attention. I ended up voting for Rubio, but the field was weak and I was an unenthusiastic voter. I would have support any of the remaining Republican candidates against the inevitable nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Now that Trump has emerged, I will vote for him. Trump has a lot of baggage, both as far as his conduct and his specific policies go, but he is far better then Clinton on both counts.

What If, part two

In a prior article, I suggested a "what if" scenario ( Here is another.

Women are not a special interest

The polls are showing a large gender gap between how men and women plan to vote for President. But don't be fooled by the Democrats into believing that women are a "special interest" that needs "protection." Women are the majority of our country and they should support the same general policies as men, despite what the Liberals want them to believe.

What continues to bother me about the Dems

I have had no success figuring out the mindset of Democrats. I am pretty sure they have minds, but how they work is a mystery.

It reminds me of ants. You can watch an individual ant run around the nest, always seeming to be on some important mission, only to watch it turn around and return, empty-legged. (Ants don't have hands. So maybe empty-jawed?)

But the colony itself has a purpose and it performs it remarkably well, despite the seeming randomness of individual members. Somehow the job gets done.

Middle-out malarkey

Thoughts on the third presidential debate....

Some examples of what an H. Clinton presidency would mean

Today's WSJ has another op-ed from former Senator Phil Gramm which goes through the history of Hillarycare and later Obamacare. Gramm's thesis is that Hillarycare failed in 1993 because of the loss of freedom that proponents built into the system in order to achieve the single-payer structure. Unless a medical provider had absolutely no connection to the government healthcare system, all providers had to follow the government rules. If some treatment wasn't covered, a patient couldn't get it. There were no appeals, no alternatives. In other words, a typical government-run program.

Trump and moral equivalencies

I believe people have a very hard time making logical deductions, especially when conclusions violate their sense of right and wrong. The recent Acton Senior Center debate at Town Meeting provides a recent (albeit trivial) example.

Quiz time: Testing your hatred of Trump

I am slowly working on my article explaining my decision to vote for Donald Trump. But another thought occurred to me which I wanted to explore first, and that is to question the depth of distaste for the guy among people who support his opponent.

So I am going to frame this as a self-awareness test and ask my readers to take it. I will ask the question about Trump but you can take this test regardless of which candidate you support by switching Trump for Clinton and vice versa. Have fun!


Socialism's first future dollar

Continually perplexing is the rise of socialism in America, starting with the election of President Obama and his work towards implementing a more socialist society. Under Obama, the needle was moved to the left, with further movement demanded by such popular politicians as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Socialism has become mainstream.

Error-prone Acton Town Meeting

Let's say you are sent to the store to pick up some groceries, including milk. There are several choices of milk: skim, low-fat, or whole. You get down there and you can't remember which milk to buy. You left the list at home.

Let's say you have a feeling that you are supposed to be getting skim milk, so you grab a gallon of that and bring it home. Unfortunately, there is a full gallon of skim milk waiting for you in the refrigerator. $2.99 (or $3.99, depending on where you shop) wasted. Did you make a "mistake" or an "error"?

Some of the seniors have spoken

Last night's Special Town Meeting approved the lease for a new Senior Center in South Acton, in an industrial building behind a car dealership on Route 62. Most speakers acknowledged the poor location but offered various justifications for approval. The one that seemed to resonate most was that it was long past time to do "something," and this was the only alternative being presented.

Town wins first round on CPA-church funding

Note: I am one of the 13 Acton taxpayer plaintiffs suing to stop the Town of Acton from funding religious organizations under the Community Preservation Act (CPA), so am extremely biased on this topic. These views are mine alone and do not represent the position of the plaintiffs or their counsel.

The Town of Acton won the first round against 13 local taxpayers, represented by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, when a preliminary injunction against spending Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to restore "historic" church properties was denied.

The double standard

The news today is that candidate Hillary Clinton has adopted the Bernie Sanders proposal to tax large estates at a 65% tax rate upon death, up from the current 40% tax. These "tax the rich" proposals are unfair and should not be part of our campaign debate, but unfortunately and divisively, are.

Let's say you are rich, and have always wanted to own a classic Rolls Royce. So you find the car of your dreams and pay $1,000,000 for it.

The money you spent is yours. It is after-tax earnings.

Special Town Meeting's Senior Center proposal

If you didn't know it, there is a Special Town Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm, at the ABRHS's upper gym (enter near the parking lot up the hill from the auditorium, where the meeting usually takes place.)

I went to the Town's website yesterday to confirm the date and look at the warrant. Nothing posted in the calendar for the meeting and no warrant, despite the meeting being just two weeks away. (Today, the warrant is available:

Town argues in favor of public funding for churches in court

By Allen Nitschelm

Note: I am one of the 13 Acton taxpayer plaintiffs suing to stop the Town of Acton from funding religious organizations under the Community Preservation Act (CPA), so am extremely biased on this topic! Below are my impressions from the court hearing on 9-14-16. These views are mine alone and do not represent the position of the plaintiffs or their counsel.