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January 1, 2012

Posted Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 11:56 AM

Happy New Year to everyone! It is the second decade of the 21st Century! I remember sitting in Dan Lee's barbershop in November of 1959 and reading a Life magazine about the upcoming 1960's. I thought if I lived to be what I thought then was an old man of the 21st Century we would all have personal airplanes if not rocket ships. I didn't predict cell phones, lap top computers, or a gazillion television channels. I think Malden had two TV channels in 1959.

We are here in 2012 and most of us are doing okay. Because we are human beings we like to complain about our situation, but I have survived wars too numerous to count, economic upturns and downturns, twelve U. S. Presidents, at least three social revolutions, and I am still too fat to make my doctor happy.

Malden, where I have lived all my life, has also survived these things. There is more good here than bad, and the people of this town care more about it than some want to think. I believe we will see a prosperous 2012.

There was a meeting of the Malden Board of Public Works last Tuesday at 5:00 P.M. It was over around 7:00 P.M. The topics discussed were the usual ones. The primary one was how to lower the cost of electricity. Some good people, who believe in Malden and consist of employees and volunteers, are working very hard to make our municipal owned utility as price competitive and efficient as can be. There was only one visitor in attendance. She is usually there, and she represents the general public well.

It is the season for filing for public office in Malden. There are four city council seats that will be filled in the April elections. If you are unhappy or happy but believe you have something to add to our system of government then come on down to the city hall. You can place your name in front of the public on a ballot and give your fellow citizens something to think about.

If you don't want an elected job then give me a call, and I'm reasonably sure I can find you an appointed spot on one of city boards or commissions.

If you don't want an elected or appointed job, the elected ones pay, then just come to our city council meetings and give us a piece of your mind. Our next scheduled meeting is on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 P.M. at the Malden City Hall. We normally meet on the third Monday but moved it a day later because of the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will as always spend your money wisely or foolishly depending on your point of view. We will, in all likelihood discuss dogs specifically and animals in general, pot holes, the fire and police departments, street lights, stop signs, speed limits, and all the minutiae of city government. Please join us; we can use the help.

I note with sadness the death of Sam Darnell. I knew Sam all my life. He was in the best sense of the word a true "character." We will not see the like again, and our town will be less colorful for his absence. My condolences go to his family.

I do not have a financial report for this past week. No one on the city council questioned our financial statement on December 21st. Unless everything went down hill like a roller coaster in the past two weeks we should be in decent shape money wise.

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