Congratulations, Greenfield. You are now officially a city, although not many people seem to care. This past week, the Greenfield Town Council voted to officially change the charter to omit all references to the “town” of Greenfield and replace them with “city,” ending what Council Vice President Isaac Mass aptly termed the “identity crisis” Greenfield has endured since the advent of the mayoral charter over a decade and a half ago.
I think it’s safe to say that this has not been the most pleasant year politically. From the exploits of the new denizen of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, to the fall from grace of certain local politicos, to infighting between the various branches of Greenfield government, 2017 has been a year to forget, especially for those of the “progressive” persuasion.
It’s the holidays and still nobody’s asked me, but Sunday marks the 18th anniversary of my first column. Which means, if “In the Arena” were a child, he’d be headed off to college this year. Sometimes, I wonder if I should just let him go. Personal drama and histrionics aside, the ongoing political dispute between Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin and Council President Brickett Allis and Vice President Isaac Mass really boils down to one thing: spending.
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Selecting a term
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