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MontClairVoyant: Montclair Isn’t Quiet About Trump’s White Riot

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, There's been lots of Montclair reaction to a far-right white mob of Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. Your reaction? Sincerely, N. Surrection At maximum, Trump should be removed from office...

MontClairVoyant: A Parking Lot Controversy Is ‘In the Books’

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The MPL was to be closed to cars for about a year starting Monday, January 4, before pressure forced a brief postponement. Thoughts? Sincerely, Mo Ter-Vehicle I had no idea cars were allowed inside the...

MontClairVoyant: Misery Aplenty in 2020 — and Some Bright Spots

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, It was an ultra-depressing year because of the pandemic, but it's December 31 and thus time for you to do a 2020 retrospective. One Q&A for each month. Ready, Teddy? Sincerely, New Year's Eve/Old...

MontClairVoyant: Through the Prism of Optimism, Not Schism

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, I was shocked to hear about your plan to make today's column mostly positive, but I took the news in stride -- fainting only 205 times. Comment? Sincerely, Being Upbeat Causes Falling Down There are...

MontClairVoyant: In Montclair, Acronyms Accrue Accordingly

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The Planning Board voted 8-1 on Monday to incorporate the Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) plan into our town's Master Plan. Reaction? Sincerely, 'Plan' Is the Word of the Week I favor any measure that...

MontClairVoyant: Twas the Write Before Christmas and All Through the Town…

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, The start of the hybrid plan that includes some in-person learning was delayed again -- to January 25 for Montclair's elementary and special-needs students, and to February 8 for grades 6-12. Is...

MontClairVoyant: Mayor’s Ambition, Schools’ COVID Condition, 200th Edition

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, This is your 200th column for Baristanet after 648 columns for a newspaper with the same initials as Montana's postal abbreviation. Glad you decided to switch? Sincerely, Running on MT Yes! There were only so many...

MontClairVoyant: Stuff(ing) and Nonsense During Thanksgiving Week

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Let's start this column on a positive note: Montclair High's female and male soccer teams each won state championships. Your reaction? Sincerely, Win-Win Situation Fantastic! Other than that I'm at a loss for words -- which...

MontClairVoyant: A Prickly Panorama of the Pandemic

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, It's almost impossible to comment a lot on the unfunny COVID-19 when you're a humor columnist. But the pandemic is worsening again in Montclair and elsewhere, so it's time for you to bite...

MontClairVoyant: Montclair Is ‘Ridin’ with Biden,’ So Air Force One Needs More Seats

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, This past Saturday, November 7, crowds gathered and drivers happily honked their horns in downtown Montclair. What were they celebrating? Sincerely, As If I Don't Know The November 7 birthday of Albert Camus, whose novel "The...

MontClairVoyant: A November to Remember

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Let's discuss the 2020 election. If it had been Trump vs. a leader of the kill-rent-control-obsessed Montclair Property Owners Association, who would you have voted for? Sincerely, We Disport, You Decide I need a plausible third...

MontClairVoyant: When Hybrid Is Debated, Don’t Wanna Be Sedated

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, Last week you first discussed the Montclair Property Owners Association's kill-rental-control efforts and then discussed plans for in-person learning in our school district. Can you radically change things up this week? Sincerely, New Street Yes! I'll...

MontClairVoyant: Martians Atop The MC Hotel Almost Seems Normal These Days

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, 1) Montclair Property Owners Association. 2) Hybrid-learning plan. 3) Partial library reopening. 4) Great Montclair travel softball team. 5) Martian spaceship landing atop The MC Hotel. Which of the five is not legit? Sincerely, Five...

MontClairVoyant: Voltaire’s Tomb, and When In-School Classes Might Resume

DEAR MONTCLAIRVOYANT, In his October 9 superintendent letter, Dr. Jonathan Ponds said in-person classes are "on target" to start early next month. Will those students who choose the in-person/remote hybrid really see the inside of...