Dear fellow residents,
Though this board has been largely silent for some time, we need it now more than ever. There really is no other forum where actual discourse can take place. Let's get to work and talk about what's really at stake here.
Melrose has been a rudderless ship for the entirety of the PB regime, and before that, run solely by RD and his cabal. The cemetery scandal (after which RD bolted town), the missing millions scandal (after which PB realized he couldn't get the votes to stay on as a lifer mayor), and so much else have never had any kind of actual accountability, and of course that's by design. (The cabal continues to cast the former school superintendent as the villain/scapegoat, but any halfwit should be able to see all of that for what it is and was.) The City Council is mostly a bunch of ill-informed (conveniently so) yes-people, and the School Committee is a total disgrace and has been for decades.
This mayoral race is between two who have always been a strident part of the RD/PB cabal and one who has always represented our city with integrity and courage, and in true "bipartisan" fashion (fortunately). When she was our representative on both city bodies, she governed fairly, despite her official lifelong alliance with what is no longer a "party" but rather a cowardly and dangerous assortment of what should have remained closeted nutjobs. It's really a mess. Probably all three women are in fact decent, well-meaning people, but their past history really does make for a problematic line-up. Sure, politics revolves around fabricated images, but we need to think about the actual people who say they want to represent our interests and our city's future.
Which one of these three will do the hard, politically risky tasks of cleaning house and shining a full, unedited light on the city's finances, including insisting on a true forensic audit (not done by the in-the-tank firm that has neatly whitewashed everything for the city auditor and his "unindicted co-conspirators" all this time)?
Who will be cast by the powers-that-be as the next season's benighted "Diamond"?
What are the 'party affiliations' of the three candidates?
D Grigoraitis & Hammar
R Medeiros Solano
Thank you “a gal”. That at least narrows it down to two!😁
Anyone who can vote democrat after the disaster of the last two years shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Aside from the cost of virtually everything being much higher they’re inviting the world to live here without a plan of what to do with them except take care of them on our tax dollars.
It appears that Ms. Grigoraitis has closed the gap in the "all important" yard sign competition,
Has Ms. Medeiros Solano publicly denounced the 'indictee' yet?
No Republican who has not emphatically and overtly disassociated from #45 has any chance of being elected in Melrose. There was only a couple of precincts where he got roughly 1/3 of the vote in 2020, before the insurrection and what he has done since. Given demographic turnover in the interim (deaths of voters, move-outs, move-ins, new voters reaching age 18), that 1/3 has likely gone down, perhaps notably. The MA GOP did itself no favors doubling down on core messages that may play well in some other places, but not well even among formerly longtime GOP-voting/leaning voters in eastern MA. For people tired of one-party governance, well, this is your opportunity to feel solidarity with Democrat-voting/leaning voters in municipalities all over the South, inner Midwest and Mountain West. One should also remember that the former longtime one-party GOP rule in Melrose was full of incompetence too (mentioning the cemetery, btw, scandals in that terrain were a long-half-lived residue of that time).
The insurrection was determined by even the politicized FBI to not be an insurrection. But sure you be concerned about how someone had their country in primo shape and was brokering peace deals in the Middle East before the plandemic and not about how someone is getting more jail time for simply walking through the Capitol than hardened criminals. And yes, there was some violence that day but who’s to say who really caused it many people received years in jail for simply being there. In a place that was aways opened to the public. And if you’re okay with jailing political enemies while your own side gets away with massive destruction of property, both private and public, assault and battery and more, then good on you. Because when the democrats are done dividing they’re going to conquer, everyone.
I also hope you’re housing an illegal family like the good Governor asked you to.
You're free to believe what you want to believe. If you also believe enough Melrosians today share those beliefs to sway election results here, well, you have a great dealer.
Democrats lie. A vote for democrats is a vote for higher crime and illegals given empty apt space at Oak Grove instead of hard-working Americans who can’t afford rent. Middle-class, public servants like police and fire are not their priority. New stations won’t be built, unless they can raise your taxes 20%. Any land that is left will be used for large apartment buildings. More likely to get done, all the crosswalks in the city painted in rainbow colors.
Whatever you say, it does not appear that enough Melrosians would and will vote for anyone who hasn't overtly and completely dissociated from #45. If you want to know why Melrose changed from red to blue, look at Dick Cheney's wars and then #45 along with a state GOP party leader that didn't care about recovering lost ground and let a very popular GOP governor retire. So many own goals.
PS: the Dobbs decision by the SCOTUS last year combined with what the GOP is trying to do in the states where it has supermajority control also will likely have the effect of reinforcing this trend.
You know the city’s so far gone you see in the paper a former middle school principal supporting the extreme liberal in the race. Knowing the mentality of teens and the current crime wave sweeping the country how can anyone support soft on crime politics. And as a prominent member of the Catholic Church he is supporting those who support late term abortion.
This mayoral race is between 3 Woman.
This board has been largely silent for some time. All have been very quiet moms and dads people.
Calling candidate Sam an "extreme liberal" is laughable. She's a self-serving fake Dem, one who will mouth whatever words the Festa cabal tells her to puppet, which is more of the RD/PB status quo, with a blond fake smile that doesn't conceal her aggressive self-serving history. The other fake Dem, J, is just more RD/PB rehashed, tiresome, mouthing only the scripted status quo we've all heard far too much of, and oh by the way, what about all those missing millions that she and every other council member and school committee member had a responsibility to know about and in fact to have prevented, had they been doing their due diligence.
Door #3, MMS, is an authentic public servant. Agree or disagree with her national politics, but her local service is proven and extensive, and it's not at all based on partisan politics, as is appropriate for local governance. She's the real deal and one who represents honest public service, not self-serving BS. Some of the Mom cabal are trying to smear her with incorrect NRA ratings (she actually got a poor rating because she believes in the reasonable Massachusetts gun laws). They are trying to scarlet-letter her for being a Republican, without taking into account that, like Baker, she does not support the "strawberry hair" monster. She has earned our trust and deserves the job. Her office on Main Street will be one that any of us, from any party, could walk into and have a real discussion about our concerns. She'll listen and she'll do the work.
All democrats are fake. All are self-serving. Take the gazebo restoration. It’s small, how could anyone believe it would cost 95k to restore. “Some” democrat was going to hire a friend. It would probably cost $30 thousand, being generous, then the hirer and the friend split the rest. Nice little outgoing package. Thank God there are people in the community paying attention. We need someone who will stand up for fiscal responsibility without overburdening the taxpayers.
I’m voting for Monica .
It's a Mayoral race, and the previous poster has already resorted to ad hominem. Although I have not yet decided, that doesn't speak well for the supported candidate!
Couldn't agree more with Geezer's remarks. That being said, Monica Medeiros Solano is nothing like some of the horrible people supporting her. (Then again, there are some pretty awful people on the other side as well!) She has 16 years of serving Melrose (instead of self-serving like most of the other candidates running for Melrose offices) that show she always had the city's best interests at heart, was always honest and courageous, and was the single person during her final tenure on the aldermanic board that stood up to the creeps like the city auditor when he refused to turn over public documents about the water and sewer monies. She continued to help Melrose citizens even when she worked in other municipalities. She has never conducted herself in a partisan manner when she has been our elected representative, because as any fool knows, city/town governance isn't supposed to be party-based! As someone who abhors the GOP, I support Ms. Medeiros Solano and feel that she is the only one of the three candidates who is trustworthy.
25% turnout, ridiculous!
If that’s STILL a reference to the big lie, you should be ashamed/humiliated!
If you're going to make foolish comments like that (or any comments), please at least be courteous enough to use your own name/nickname!
Geezer, fake "geezer" (aka "Mom" and a whole lot of other imposter names) is now blocked.
Well that hardly seems fair. What have I done?
Oops, I misread that, you were addressing me, not including me as one who was blocked. Thanks!!