Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Liquor Tax

Saw a couple of media stories on the end of the sales tax on beverage alcohol, including the symbolic dumping of wine into the harbor by store owners. As a former owner of a package store I have tried to … Continue reading

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Senior Whole Health on Mayors Corner

Lisa Tkachuk, from Senior Whole Health, guesting on the Mayor’s Corner Show on MCTV. Interesting program for seniors, and an intriguing model for health care payments for patients in the program. The model is the universal payment, as opposed to … Continue reading

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City of Methuen Storm News

Due to the severe winter storm I have, in consultation with the Director of the Department of Public Works, declared a state of emergency in the City of Methuen at 4:00 p.m. today. City Hall will be closed tomorrow, Monday … Continue reading

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Shadi's in Methuen Burns on Christmas

The Methuen landmark Shadi’s Restaurant, on Osgood Street in Methuen, has burned this Christmas morning. Alarms went off at around 8:00 a.m. The Methuen Central Fire station is right across the street, and the blaze was spotted by firefighters working … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Nine

Massachusetts, as expected, will lose one of its ten Congressional seats, opening the door for some real jockeying amongst the ten Democratic incumbents. The national census produced a big gain for the Republican west and south, with Texas picking up … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Fiscal Forecasts

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, following the consensus revenue hearings on Beacon Hill, has released a primer on the outlook for the next fiscal cycle in Massachusetts, with the forecast looking less than rosy. The outlook is cloudy despite a pretty … Continue reading

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States Begin to Teeter

A pretty good 60 Minutes report showing some of the real budgetary problems facing states and localities, with a prominent role for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The State of Massachusetts is looking at a $1.5 to $2 billion dollar … Continue reading

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The President on START

The President on the START Treaty, currently under consideration in the Senate. The Treaty has strong bipartisan support from a long list of Democratic and Republican leaders experienced in arms control and foreign policy. The best and most thorough debunking … Continue reading

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Methuen Readiness Center Opens

The Methuen Readiness Center, a $12 million dollar, 69,000 square foot facility on the site of the old National Guard Armory, had its ribbon cutting yesterday. We had Chairman Naughton from Veterans Affairs, General Joseph Carter, Adjutant General of the … Continue reading

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Gordon Brown on the Global Financial Crisis

Former British Prime Minister, and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown was on Morning Joe talking about the financial problems facing the global economy today. Brown talked about the new trillion dollar tax package, (he favors short term stimulus … Continue reading

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