Archive for the 'Government/Politics' Category

The hits just keep on comin’!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

When I got home tonight, there’s a letter from the Office of the Mayor. Huh? The letter inside reads,Dear Bruce: It is my distinct pleasure to share that you have been selected as the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award as part of the 2016 City Employee Recognition Program. You were nominated for the prestigious […]


Monday, May 4th, 2015

The neighborhood branch of the public library where I work, Arnett Branch Library, was named Public Library of the Year 2015 by the Rochester Regional Library Council. what makes the Arnett Branch stand out is that the people in its community see it as integral to the community and a critical part of the heart […]

I’m feeling stimulated

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

First I thought it was a mistake. Then I read the attached memo. Apparently, due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the government is taking $18.03 less out of my paycheck. The possibilities are dizzying. I’ll certainly take it, but I’m left wondering why honest, hardworking people get less than twenty bucks, […]

Saturday dilema

Friday, May 18th, 2007

There had been quiet rumors for a couple of weeks. Then, last Saturday we got the word: the mayor ordered that all the branch libraries remain open on Saturdays through June. While patrons have openly rejoiced, this sent staff into a tizzy. I already have plans for two of the five Saturdays. Most everyone else […]

Primary Day

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

As the saying goes, all politics are local. Yesterday was Primary Day in New York. I’m pleased with the results of the primary for mayor and city council. I’ve felt funny these last few months as the gay community has rallied around openly-gay candidate Tim Mains, a current city council member. The pressure has been […]

Catapult the propaganda

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Oh dear. Seems the President did say something important here last week and I missed it entirely. Coverage around here was entirely about the pomp and circumstance. Meanwhile, His Imperial Excellency said something one might have expected to hear from Joseph Goebbels. “See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over […]

All hail the Emperor

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

His Imperial Excellency, Emperor George I comes to R-Town tomorrow. He’s doing a “town-hall style” meeting at Greece Athena High School, which I attended from [cough] 1969 through 1971 back when it was Greece Athena Junior/Senior High. It’s all to show support for his agenda to remove Social Security from the safety of a government […]

Vote early, vote often

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

No, wait. That’s Florida. Sorry. It took me longer to find my voter registration letter that it did to walk over to my polling place at the United Way office around the corner, vote and walk home. Eight minutes, round trip. I’d done the stupid thing. It had sat for weeks, unmolested, on a shelf […]

Joys of working for the government

Friday, May 21st, 2004

The mayor presented the budget proposal for the coming year. Of particular note, it calls for seven of the ten libraries to be open four fewer hours per week. The three smallest branches are spared. Winton Branch, where I work, is the second-largest in terms of circulation. If this comes to pass, it will be […]