PulseLine, October 6, 2012

Please be advised that Governor Deval L. Patrick has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Sunday  in observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.  This gubernatorial order applies to:  1.  The main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, e.g. town and city halls.  2.  Other state-owned or state-controlled buildings.  3.  All state military installations.

Watching the council meeting on seating Mr. Winters for Ward 2 councilman and all I can say is it’s pretty disgusting when you have a bunch of dictators there breaking the law.

I can’t believe the city council is being as stubborn and arrogant as to refuse the opinion of the law department in the matter of seating a new councilor. If they refuse to obey the law I hope everyone in Ward 2 will join in a suit against them, as we are being denied the representation we have a right to. The council meeting Thursday night was a circus. Now they are referring the appointment to the Mayor, who has no right to make an appointment either. I can see why so few people want to run for city council if this is the way they conduct themselves.

I have some great suggestions for the people of Westfield. Being a 23-year-old that found working at a job was not for me, my friends showed me how easy it was to just quit working and get all the benefits that the federal, state and city politicians were offering. With EBT almost everything is free. I no longer have to worry about rent, utilities, bus rides and loads of other stuff. Here is my suggestion for all you rich people. With the cost of alcohol, cigarettes and MJ going up all the time, my cash benefits run out too quick. If you would donate more food to the food bank, and I’m not talking about a can of corn, with all your money you can afford better; maybe some steaks and chops. This would free up money on my EBT card. And a further suggestion to all you big grocery stores: You people have more food and money than you will ever need. Do you really have to call the police when we try to ease our hunger by taking a few food items that you will never miss?

I always get the feeling that Knapik and Daly are pulling something when I read: Immediate consideration, timeline, immediate action, cannot delay, and must be acted on. Or are they just that inept?

I would like to know if there is a “jay walking” law in this city? We previously addressed this issue on Aug. 29: In Westfield there is city ordinance 17-293, which states in part, “Whenever there is a marked crosswalk within 300 feet of a pedestrian, no such pedestrian shall cross a way or roadway except within the limits of a marked crosswalk.” That being said, police are not generally detailed to enforce this ordinance. If an officer witnesses a violation then he/she may issue a citation. For more on this visit: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=11700

I would like to thank you for thanking me for calling in the article to remind people to take their cameras with them when they bring their children out to pick pumpkins or go on a hayride. I’m not a woman, I’m a man, but thank you anyways (you had no way of knowing!). By the way, there are some great hayrides over in Southwick that you should check out. Have a good holiday and don’t forget to get your snow shovels. Bye.

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