MontClairVoyant: Endless Rain! Residency Feign? Redevelopment Pain And Republican Disdain

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DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
After rain postponed all rec-soccer games May 19 and wet fields canceled all rec-softball games May 23, I wondered: Just how much precipitation has fallen on Montclair this month?

Sincerely,
Wet Offensive

I’ll take a look at Edgemont Ocean and get back to you.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Moving from rain to a Board of Education person’s reign, is David Herron accurate in alleging that BOE member/ex-veep Franklin Turner hasn’t been an official Montclair resident during part of his term and thus was legally required to leave the board?

Sincerely,
For Whom the Dwell Tolls

Don’t know, but I admire Mr. Herron and respect his right to question something like that. Heck, to make sure they live in Montclair, students and their families are often visited (by school-district representatives, not by aliens from outer space).

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
A teacher said at the May 16 BOE meeting that the district has reduced leave benefits for her and other education personnel with newborn children. How troubling is that?

Sincerely,
Home on the Change

Very troubling, especially in a town with a progressive reputation. Given that the voting age is 18, I have a feeling many 18-day-old babies are going to make their thoughts known at the polls this year.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Why does the Township Council, as it did with a May 22 resolution, keep interfering to push the problematic Lackawanna Plaza redo the Planning Board is still studying? And why does the TC not seem to care enough about preservation?

Sincerely,
Council Needs Counseling?

There can be a much-needed supermarket at Lackawanna AND preservation of elements from the historic train station that was formerly there. It’s like walking and chewing gum at the same time, which was an Olympic sport until 1964.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Your thoughts about a Montclair Republican Club representative this month criticizing a (called-off) Montclair High talk by hometown Democratic congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill and then slamming Sherrill signage that somehow ended up on the school’s lawn?

Sincerely,
G.O. Peeves

Wish that MRC rep would save his outrage for something much more important: denouncing grossly unqualified White House occupant Trump — a far-right Republican so mean he makes Lord Voldemort look like Mr. Rogers.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Gee, what could that rep possibly criticize Trump for?

Sincerely,
Donald Muck

The Worst-Person-on-Earth-in-Chief continues to do nothing about the U.S. gun scourge despite yet another horrific school rampage, on May 18 in Texas. Trump this month called some immigrants “animals” — a hateful term he’s never used to describe white American mass-murderers. He made the world even more dangerous with his reckless withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement and his disastrous move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Trump has appointed many “fox in the henhouse” people, such as the corrupt anti-environment EPA chief. He named a person who supported torture to lead the CIA. Trump has lied about his extramarital affairs, his sexual harassment of women, and so much else. Trump squanders our tax money on frequent golf trips. And he reads so little that this paragraph would seem like “War and Peace” to him, though draft-dodger Donald prefers war and war — as long as rich people like him don’t do the fighting.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
I was having trouble falling asleep until reading the above paragraph, which droned on for so long I was out like a light.

Sincerely,
A Doze Is a Doze Is a Doze

Incandescent bulbs are indeed short-lived.

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT,
Anything to report from your Edgemont Ocean visit?

Sincerely,
Asking for a (Goose) Friend

It will be odd seeing massive cruise ships docked next to this Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony.

Dave Astor, author, is the MontClairVoyant. His opinions about politics and local events are strictly his own and do not represent or reflect the views of Baristanet.

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