Category Archives: Boston

Brookline parking meter credit card fee is obnoxious, yes, but also illegal

Dear Mr. Kleckner [Melvin Kleckner, Brookline MA Town Administrator], I was so happy to see that the Town of Brookline is continuing its ongoing efforts to make parking in Brookline as unpleasant as possible by recently adding a 30-cent fee for all credit-card transactions in parking meters. I’m sure the owners of small businesses in… Read More »

Endorsements: Massachusetts 2018 Democratic primary

Here are my endorsements in the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic primary. Some of these endorsements are not state-wide so you may have different candidates on your ballot. I am not bothering to list endorsements for candidates who are running unopposed. Note that in two of these races (Representative in Congress, Councillor), there is no Republican candidate,… Read More »

Everything about Friendly’s is bad

Below is the letter which I just sent to Friendly’s through their web site. At around 11:00am on September 10, 2017, my son and I visited the Friendly’s restaurant in Watertown, Massachusetts for ice cream. I can say without exaggeration that every single aspect of our visit, from start to finish, was unpleasant. Because our… Read More »

Congratulations to Jeff Gonneville on his new role at the MBTA

Several years ago, I contacted my state senator, Will Brownsberger, and asked for his help addressing a serious problem: some MBTA buses were leaking engine fumes into their passenger compartments, sickening passengers and putting their long-term health at risk. I wrote about this issue extensively here. In response, Will arranged for me to meet with… Read More »