Putting Sports in Perspective

Commissioner Hanksmall

I woke up the morning after the Super Bowl realizing I had to deal with a real crisis. The new, probably large, house going up in my neighborhood which I wrote about earlier? No, I was just a bit saddened when more than 60 years of history disappeared in under 45 minutes, leaving only an empty lot where once a house had stood, but I had written about the inevitability of change and here it was … [Read more...]

Riding the Big Yellow Bus

Hank and Chuck

By Hank Manz I am getting used to the fact that much of the world views me as an Old Guy. All the signs are there. Kids I know mostly call me “Hank,” but young women—and at my age that means they are under 45—almost always call me “Sir.” The clerk at Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t even look twice before giving me the senior discount. And the Lexpress bus driver doesn’t start the bus until I have … [Read more...]

A Personal Connection ~ Making Town Government Work

Hank At Work

By Hank Manz  |  About the time I am getting exasperated with Town government, something always happens to restore my faith in it. This Town Meeting season it has been Articles 17, School Bus Transportation Subsidy, and 16(e), White House Stabilization. The articles worked out differently, it is true, but both were characterized at some point as failures of major boards to lead adequately. The … [Read more...]

A Personal Connection ~ The More Things Change…

Hank At Work

By Hank Manz  |  It has been a bit cold lately, but even with that I decided to head down to Ranc’s for some ice cream. I am a vanilla person most of the time, but about a year ago my horizons were enlarged when Joe handed me one of his new concoctions. With that memory in mind, this time I decided to go absolutely wild with the pineapple ice cream. First rate! But then I realized that the … [Read more...]

A Personal Connection-The Economic Impact of a Light Winter

Hank At Work

By Hank Manz  |  Shortly after I was elected as a selectman in Lexington, my outlook on snow began to change.   No longer was it that attractive blanket which made the town look like a Norman Rockwell painting and which, thankfully, covered the leaves I hadn’t raked in the fall.  Snow costs money.  Not only must the town pay overtime for DPW workers, but they must also contract with private … [Read more...]

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