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Bill Fowler November 9, 2013 at 06:16 pm
I hope to write at least a monthly piece on my experience as a councillor. I have not yet made aRead More final decision on the forum. I am leaning towards doing it here on the Patch because it allows feedback from the readers which I think makes it more interesting. Look for something in a couple of weeks and I'll talk more about the transition from candidate to councillor.
Walthamguy November 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm
@Bill - I look forward to your forthcoming updates and by all means please post right here on theRead More Patch, because indeed reader's feedback will make it far more interesting.
Alice H November 11, 2013 at 08:15 am
Congratulations, Bill. Look forward to you making a difference on the council!
Walthamguy October 29, 2013 at 03:13 am
Bill, for years I have (sort of) admired how articulate you have been in describing what our electedRead More Waltham officials "SHOULD be doing", you know, better city planning and all that. I take your comments as implying that if elected you will become a mighty force in getting the city council do drop their pompous charade and get down-to-business. Frankly I wish you to become elected in Ward 2 so we can dismiss your career-politician opponent. The "acid test" for you as an elected city councilor will be if you can transition from being a chronic critic into a star-performer for getting things changed at the current go-nowhere Waltham City Council.
voterid November 1, 2013 at 05:57 am
I hope you get elected, but I also hope that over time, you drop the negative tone a bit. It's oneRead More thing to say that the politics in the city are often bad. And it's another thing to say that certain things in town aren't as great as you'd like them to be. But too often you frame it that nearly everything is bad right now, that it's all due to the politics, and that you'll fix it all. Other things affect a city. Lack of retail can be the result of a national economic problem, etc. I really do think you'll make a great councilor, but when I look around a hometown that I love for a lot of valid reasons, and I feel like it's a pretty special place, this kind of frequent negativity bothers me. I wish you time on the council to have to work with others and try to develop creative solutions rather than a constant barrage of negative observations.
Bill Fowler November 1, 2013 at 11:39 am
Thank you both for your comments. Voterid, my wife and I love living here in Waltham, that is why weRead More gave up most of our summer so that I could knock on doors all around Ward 2. My campaign is all about "Why not strive for excellence"? That is why I have focused on the things that I think have been less than adequately addressed by our current elected officials. What I have found talking to people in the ward is that most were unaware that the City Council had zoned bakeries delis and coffee shops out of the downtown. Most were unaware how expensive and time consuming the special permitting process is. If you don't think the current system is flawed I'll leave you with one of my favorites. If you live in Bishops Forest and want to replace you deck, you need a special permit from the city council. This foolishness has gone on long enough. The current council made these rules, what are the chances they will fix them. It's time to change who is making the rules.
Walthamguy October 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm
Now that Ed Tarallo and Tom Curtin aren't on the city council, voters in Ward 2 have a wonderfulRead More opportunity to bid farewell to yet another Waltham career politician - Ken Doucette - http://www.wickedlocal.com/waltham/news/x574279686/LETTER-Waltham-council-candidate-asks-why-run-for-office ---
Guy FromWaltham October 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm
Please vote for the new comers. The incumbents in this city have to go. If new people get in, someRead More of the issues this city has will come out and we need that. The challengers are capable of doing the job. Give them a chance and let's turn the city around. The incumbents have lost there focus. Time for new ideas!
Anh Tran October 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm
I agree time for new ideas!!
Walthamguy October 7, 2013 at 12:38 am
Bill, In your prior column at the Waltham Trib I generally disagreed with your writings but I mustRead More say that I now very much like how you are poking at and shaking things up with the Waltham City Council – thank you! I’m on the side of Mark Twain who famously said something like “politicians and diapers need to be changed often for the same reason”. Zero personal disrespect intended to any councilor, simply that I think it is fair to say that as a group, over time they have earned a very low image and reputation for a variety of reasons. Top on my list is the majority of councilors “hanging in as career politicians” for WELL OVER A DECADE, worse yet those who are milking Waltham voters by indulging in the unwarranted (age-old scam) of collecting healthcare benefits from the City (per city auditor’s report): Paul Brasco (at-large), Bob Waddick (W6), Steve Rourke (W8), Bob Logan (W9), until recently Tom Curtin (W4) and Sally Collura if she were to be elected (at-large) for two more years and thus become tenured for healthcare-benefits for life – yuck! Worse yet, the rest of the city councilors have just sat back and perpetuated the situation, with one notable exception! Kudos to Joe Vizard - http://www.wickedlocal.com/waltham/news/x1617322081/Letter-to-the-editor-No-insurance-for-elected-part-timers#axzz1WCofuFLd ---
Guy FromWaltham October 7, 2013 at 02:42 pm
Trust me. Joe vizard is not much better and not a free thinker. He votes the way the mayor wantsRead More him to vote. Also Kathy McMinnemin has to go. She sits thier and does nothing at the meetings. Her32 yrs on is getting us no where now. Please vote for the new people. Sally Colloura is not new and will offer nothing. Time for fresh ideas and time to challenge this mayor.
Tim Hill October 1, 2013 at 09:08 am
The city does not care about downtown, and are prepared to let it die. They pass piecemeal projectsRead More here and there to make the business owners happy, but know that economic activity is eventually going to die there. They know that their real revenue source is 128 and understand that that is where their focus is. Look at the liquor license issue that the city has not done anything with. They know that 128 businesses will buy out the Moody St. licenses but they don't want to do anything to prevent it. And a zoning ordinance to prevent bakery and coffee shops? Is that just another way of saying that we don't want the area to succeed?
Raj October 1, 2013 at 09:34 am
Downtown Waltham could be as vibrant and exciting to walk around in as Davis or Union Sq inRead More Somerville, Harvard Sq etc. With two colleges more should be done to encourage that. We can't have bakeries or coffee shops , but there is always room for another bank apparently.
Tim Hill October 1, 2013 at 10:08 am
" Combine that with a zoning ordinance that doesn’t allow bakeries, coffee shops orRead More delicatessens..." Isn't Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions opening soon?
Bob James September 27, 2013 at 08:53 am
Ken Doucette doesn't need the health insurance because his wife works for the city in the legalRead More department
Frosty the Snowman September 28, 2013 at 03:23 am
Bill I would ask where you bought your tie but clearly you don't own one... Get a better press photoRead More you box of rocks.
Anh Tran October 30, 2013 at 09:51 am
Thanks Waltham Guy! I am also a HUGE fan of Carlos Vidal and his ideas. Change is for the better!
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