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I’m going to call out my local newspaper in this post for being completely inadequate to the task of providing critical information to its community in a crisis. I know people there, and they’re not going to be happy with me, and I apologize in advance for that because most of them are not the problem. But there is a problem, and, as Mike Benard from Kodak likes to say, it’s time to put the dead fish on the table. Continue Reading »


The First Energy website on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 3

So, as anyone who’s turned on a news show in the last week has undoubtedly heard, we had a little snow here last weekend. (To recap for those who don’t know: October snowstorm hit Oct. 29: very unusual, leaves still on the trees thanks to a very wet summer, weight of snow took trees and branches down all over northern New Jersey, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut, central Massachusetts and New Hampshire.) And yes, my house has been without power since last Saturday evening — five days and counting, at this point. For those keeping score at home, that’s longer by a full day than the power outage following Hurricane Irene. Continue Reading »

Post Office 2.0

Update: Here’s an excellent long story from the Washington Informer about how the closing of a post office would affect one neighborhood in Washington, D.C., including some discussion of the “village post office” concept and why the postal workers’ union thinks that won’t work. Continue Reading »

Yes, thank you for asking, I do have some thoughts about universal broadband Internet access. Continue Reading »

UPDATE Oct. 12: The Times of Trenton takes up the cause.

So I’m in the Boston area this weekend, and needed to get into the city itself last evening for an event. I’ve lived in Boston and know full well the traffic-and-parking nightmare that is Saturday night there, so I decided to take the T. Continue Reading »

I had a lovely visit this week to a small city where I’m doing some research on an upcoming article. Like most cities in the Northeast, this one is definitely missing its manufacturing-related employment base, and lots of people there are working hard to try to revitalize its downtown in a post-industrial world. It’s a struggle. Continue Reading »

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I’ve been engaged in a couple of lively Facebook conversations about the current goings-on in Wisconsin, and a recurring theme has cropped up: “I’m tired of paying for other people’s benefits when they are better than my own.” While this resentment is understandable, I have a couple of philosophical problems with it. Continue Reading »