My next venture

Hi everyone. Hope you are all enjoying the start of summer and haven’t got tired yet of winning. I sure haven’t.

A couple of months ago, I announced that I would be stepping back from Acton Forum to pursue other ventures. My plans are slowly making progress and I wanted to give readers an update because some of you might be interested in my new project, and there is an opportunity to get involved if you are.

I have never been a real journalist. I have been a small newspaper publisher and an advertising salesman, and have dabbled in journalism a bit with the Acton Forum.

Take "The People's Affordable Housing Survey"!

CLICK HERE to take "The People's Affordable Housing Survey"!

We all want housing to be more affordable, in Acton, right?

The goal of "The People's Affordable Housing Survey" is to figure out what the public wants when they say they want housing to be more affordable in Acton.

There are lots of surveys going around that are sponsored by people who are working for the construction industry and state/local agencies which depend on new con

Do you want Kelley's Corner to be Slower or Faster?

Hi everyone!

It seems intuitive that we'd want Kelley's Corner to be speedier, right?

But let's be careful with this.

Hundreds of people, including students, older people, people with disabilities cross at that intersection every day.

Far more regional traffic goes through the intersection, than local traffic.

The current design increases the curb-to-curb distance, increasing the time it takes to get across the street. Disability rights activists and parents worry that this decreases the safety of walkers. What do YOU think?

Calling all activists!

After helping to start Acton Forum and spending a lot of free time posting articles, writing blogs, and doing a little investigative reporting, it is time for me to retire and pass the torch to others who wish to continue.

I have asked Scott Smyers, a local activist and blogger on Acton Forum, to officially take over, and have reached out to a few other individuals who can help, with the thought that an editorial board can be formed to lead the website in the coming years.

What Trumps free trade

My favorite Wall Street Journal is a pretty good news source, but it isn't perfect. It exhibits the "foolish consistency" I warned of in a recent article on the issue of repealing the Second Amendment (See http://www.actonforum.com/blogs/allenn/foolish-inconsistency)

My favorite president, Donald Trump, has plenty of faults. But his attempt to do something about our perpetual trade deficit isn't one of them.

Andover held public forum for Town Manager candidates in 2015

In 2015, when the Town of Andover was choosing a new Town Manager, the Andover Selectmen sponsored a public forum for the two finalists, which consisted of questions from the public as well as opening and closing statements.

Just say no

This is my concluding article on the Town Manager search.

Participating in town government can be extremely frustrating, but the one thing that has kept me going is the belief in the democratic process. It is very tough for a Conservative like me to live in a town governed and populated by Liberals, where viewpoints and philosophies similar to mine are few and far between. Luckily, on most issues, I can live with doing what the majority wants.

Foolish inconsistency

"A Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Consistency in thought and debate is not just good, it is great. But consistency that does not allow for exceptions is foolish, because sometimes exceptions must be made. So an exception cannot be routine or accepted without resistance, otherwise you would lose your consistency.

Let's say you believe in individual liberty and freedom, and this is one of your highest ideals. That is one philosophy, mostly believed and practiced by Conservatives.

$8,058 worth of virtue signaling

I will be speaking Monday night at Annual Town Meeting to defend the free speech rights of voters, and to stop Town Moderator Peter Ashton, backed up by some town leaders, from preventing the use of names during Town Meeting. Strange, but true. Hope to see you all there.

So I've been reviewing some of the resources available, including the Town Warrant online. And I found something a bit disturbing. Well, $8,058 worth of disturbing. Because that is how much the town spent to provide "limited translations" of the Town Warrant into Spanish, Portuguese, and "simplified" Chinese.

Acton should give up the fight to spend public funds on churches

(I am one of 13 Acton taxpayers, represented by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, objecting to CPA grants to an Acton church to preserve its stained glass windows and pay for a Master Plan for renovating its church and other properties. The taxpayers filed suit to prevent the CPA awards and won a significant preliminary victory at the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC).