Brians Beat

No School Drones
It's come down to this. According to Western Mass News TV Reporter Mary Cate Mannion, Agawam High School is one of the first in the Commonwealth to deploy a drone, a $1,200 drone to monitor students on and near school property. A suburban Springfield school is playing "I Spy" …
[THOMAS] If Illegal Immigration Is A Crime
This week's hot button issue is a rerun. But don't turn the channel on the so-called undocumented aka illegal immigrant soap opera. 
What's the latest constitutional/unconstitutional flap courtesy of the Trump administration? Detainer requests...
[Thomas] It’s The Hospital’s Choice, Let Them Pay
A patient goes to the hospital in need of services. The patient claims to have no insurance and is penniless. The hospital rolls out a gurney and it's off to the operating room. What does the hospital's billing department do? They write the insurance companies or governments snibbering the…
[Thomas] A Plan To Save Convenience Stores
New Bedford statistical data reveal crime is down. The numbers have been released by the police department and echoed during Mayor Jon Mitchell's State of the City address. Crime is down. In each of these categories: murder, shootings, assaults, rape, burglary and robberies, the arrow points do…
[THOMAS] Guy LaRock Says No To Sanctuary City Status
A huge thumbs up to Ward 3 New Bedford City Council candidate Guy LaRock who claims he doesn't want New Bedford to become a sanctuary city. The city is way too dependent on federal dollars. If the Trump administration penalizes sanctuary cities, New Bedford could not pay it's bills...
[THOMAS] Filling In For Phil
The clocks advance one hour and Phil is taking a well deserved vacation. I will be pinch hitting, Monday-Friday, with Chris McCarthy similarly hustling the bases during my shift. Too bad the weather ain't on our side!
I come endowed with decaf green tea, oatmeal and the percolating pleasure of i…
[THOMAS] Looks Like Another Bogus Travel Ban [Poll]
Nobody will fault this President for his persistence. President Trump signed Travel Ban 2, a new executive order the White House claims is an effort to protect Americans.
If there's an urgency to save us from the merciless Muslims, why is this second order coming out so late...
[THOMAS] Use The Military Before A Wall [Poll]
For the sake of conversation, let's say the threat is absolutely real. It is imminent. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it. The U. S. government has can prove drug cartels are flooding the nation with heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and other drugs...
[THOMAS] New Bedford High School Grads Making the Grade
Congrats to the 2016 graduates and staff at New Bedford High School. 71% of last year's class, that entered four years prior, made the grade and graduated. Here's the ticket: Massive growth in the number of English Language Learner graduates, from 35% in 2015 up to 60%...
[THOMAS] Becoming Aware Of Immigrants Positive Contributions
Looks like week 3 of the Trump presidency will feature yet another series protests. February 16 may forever be remembered as Immigrant Awareness Day. It's really called a day without immigrants, featuring a work stoppage, no sales and peaceful protests all waged against President Trump's i…

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