Politicians Take Debate in Lynn

Posted on October 22, 2011


So many debates, so little time. The next one is scheduled for Monday at 7PM at the Ford school. The Highlands Coalition is sponsoring it. You may have seen members of the Highlands Coalition today and last Saturday helping the DPW plant new trees along Essex Avenue. The Coalition scored a $21,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for 60 trees.

The Lynn Item’s account of last night’s debate at the Porthole Pub prompted a strong response from Seth over at Living in Lynn. It’s a good analysis. I agree with him that City Hall employees should not be required to live in Lynn. It’s time to start hiring the best, period. The old ways have not achieved the breakthroughs we need to bring more business to the city.

Finally, can someone tell me why Buzzy Barton seems to be so popular? He has raised more than any other candidate for councilor-at-large and his signs are all over the place. Yet he is by far the most inarticulate of all the candidates, seeming to agree on all the easy answers the other councilors give to questions at the debates. A “life-long Lynner” serving on the city pension board, he has worked as a Lynn fireman and basketball coach for the public schools and sued the city several times.

To see who’s supporting whom head on over to the City Clerk and Elections Chief’s page on the city website and look for 2010 Campaign Finance.

By the way it’s been 29 days since I called the city’s graffiti hotline on the Williams Avenue Park tagging.