I Go to City Council Meetings #41

COVID-19 update, fireworks, additional funding for Health Dept. By Brian Z. Zayatz On December 3rd, 2020, the Northampton City Council held its 22nd regularly scheduled meeting of the year. All councilors were present.  With no members of the public expressing interest in speaking, the Council moved quickly through the first items on the agenda to … Continue reading I Go to City Council Meetings #41

See Something, Say Something #17

Regular Media Criticism from The Shoestring By The Shoestring COVID Paywalls  When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March, Gazette Editor-in-Chief Brooke Hauser pledged to lift the paywall on virus related stories. In a March 12th editor’s note, Hauser wrote that the paper’s COVID-19 coverage would be free to everyone “for the time being,” with the … Continue reading See Something, Say Something #17

I Go to City Council Meetings #40

Tax classification, police misconduct allegations, municipal newspaper boxes By Brian Z. Zayatz On November 19th, 2020, the Northampton City Council held its 21st regularly scheduled meeting of the year. All councilors were present. Police misconduct allegations The meeting opened as usual with public comment, which began with Bob Nagel, who identified himself as a six-decade … Continue reading I Go to City Council Meetings #40

“I’m not going to paint the whole [State Police] as racist, even though they mostly are.”

Antone Wilson and The Struggle of Promising Black Cops By Chris Faraone Antone Wilson emailed me for the first time last year. A senior drill sergeant in the US Army Reserve and former Mass State trooper, he currently works as a private security contractor with top secret government clearance. Wilson had read a series that … Continue reading “I’m not going to paint the whole [State Police] as racist, even though they mostly are.”