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EDITH: Trump’s Impeachment x2

Trump’s Second Impeachment

By Edith Morgan

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There‘s an old Chinese saying that goes: “May you live in interesting times.” We certainly are doing that!!

And it is not yet over – as I write this, the House has voted to impeach Donald Trump for a second time, this time for much more serious charges and, while the Democrats pretty much solidly supported the charges, this time they were joined by 10 Republicans. Significantly, one of these was the representative who is #3 in the Republican power structure: Liz
Cheney.

Some are calling these ten “the tenacious ten.” From what I hear from reporters and other individuals, it took real courage to break ranks, as many are terrified that they or their families will be harmed if they defect. Threats of violence seem to be one of the methods of keeping people in line – the president’s supporters operating like gang members.

No one seems to have noticed that in Trump’s repeated exhortations to his “troops” to fight, to march on the Capitol, to prevent VP Mike Pence from approving the States’ electoral numbers, Trump not only egged them on, but promised to be there, to lead them. But the five-time deferred “patriot” with the phony “bone spurs” was nowhere near when the action began. (It is the old British foreign policy trick: Let’s you and him fight).

There are now, as a result of the deadly violence of January 6th at the Capitol, about 15,000 National Guard troops inside the Capitol building, and we are treated to the upsetting sight of them lying on the floor in the building, resting and sleeping all over the floors, ready to spring into action. The outside of the building is being secured for the upcoming inauguration ceremony which is just a week away. Joe Biden has said he is not afraid and will go through the ceremony as planned.

Meanwhile, the FBI is investigating and gathering data on all the participants in the Capitol invasion and destruction of that day. Fortunately, it will not be difficult to arrest and charge the active participants of that insurrection, as they were mostly mask-less and even took “selfies” of their illegal activities, which went viral all over the world, much to my sorrow as America’s reputation took a nosedive around the globe, giving much comfort to our enemies and upsetting our friends.

There is still talk about possible activities at the State Capitols this weekend – and plans are being made to share information so that this time government will not be caught by surprise.

Finally, we are coming to the realization that this is domestic terrorism and the enemy is within.

The new administration needs to get its agenda started right away, and they will have to do double duty. The Senate will have to tend to its duties with the impeachment at the same time that it begins to implement the Biden/Harris program. But I hear they will be able to do two tasks at once, or in Biden’s words, they can “work and chew gum at the same time” (I think that saying dates back to the time of President Gerald Ford.)

We will be making history this month: We have never impeached a President TWICE, and we have never had one who refused to acknowledge defeat in an election certified by all 50 states. But then, I do not remember having had a leader who lied incessantly about everything and tried to sow chaos into all areas of American life.

Meanwhile, the White House is mostly silent and seemingly in total disarray. Daily, more staff and cabinet members are leaving Trump, resigning or simply not showing up for work. And while all this is going on, the Novel Coronavirus rages on, taking its toll, still unabated by the vaccinations slowly taking place.

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

By Edith Morgan

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This was a strange Thanksgiving year for the traditional feast: Many of us stayed home, and many of us gathered in small groups at the home of family or relatives. Of course, we all had bought and prepared more than we needed. Are we still afraid that there will not be enough, even after getting stuck every year with all kinds of leftovers, and eating them in various forms for the following week?

I spent the afternoon and evenings with one of my families, and this was the first year I did not have to rise at 6 a.m. on Thursday to stuff and put a turkey in the oven. And it was the first year we had a small turkey, only 11 pounds, unlike the usual 24-pound monster we have had every year. There were only six of us at the table, yet we had such a varied array of side dishes, as well as the obligatory pies (five different kinds), with only one made from scratch.

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And this year no football extravaganza, so we ended up playing several rounds of “Rummykub” instead of being glued to the TV set. We really did not dwell upon the reason for the holiday – although I had given it a lot of thought before the actual feast time.

But this year there was an added dimension: many of us became aware that this festival is not reason for rejoicing for the indigenous inhabitants of this continent. And when I came home loaded with leftovers, I felt bad that I had so much, too much, while there are soup kitchens, food banks, and many other sharing activities going on around this city, trying to feed those who were too poor, displaced, recently out of a job, or evicted.

Because of the virus and my age, I could not go out and share. So the very least I can do is not to waste the leftovers and continue to be grateful that I have enough food for the coming week …

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🍎Donate/$ to the COATS FOR WORCESTER KIDS program!🍎🍎

HELP OUR WPS STUDENTS!

By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee

Many organizations, year after year, have helped provide new winter coats and outerwear for low-income Worcester kids: Hanover Insurance Group, DCU for Kids, Mechanics Hall, Teamsters Local 170, Spring Street School in Shrewsbury and numerous departments within the University of Massachusetts and UMass Memorial. Also: the Family Medicine and Community Health program at UMass Medical School supports COATS FOR KIDS.

As one of the employees from the Department of Family Medicine at UMass stated last year, “We love the project and hope that people continue to be as generous as they have in the past.”

You can see Elizabeth Vecchio, coordinator for the Worcester Public Schools, face light up with enthusiasm when she talks about this incredible program. She said, “This program provides new warm outerwear to Worcester children in need. It fosters comfort and confidence within the child.” She went on to say that the number one way to break the cycle of poverty is through education. These new coats help children attend school more often on cold and rainy days.

But for those children receiving a new coat or outerwear, it can be much more than just warmth. It can inspire happiness and improve peer acceptance, self-respect, school attendance and over-all wellness. “Keeping children healthy and warm throughout the cold winter months can changes lives,” Mrs. Vecchio said.

Hopefully, I have your attention on this most important project. So, what can Worcesterites or local businesses do to support this amazing cause? Here are a few suggestions:

🎅 Shop for new winter outerwear – coats, hats, mittens and drop it off at the Durkin Administration Building, Irving Street, Room 008 – to Mrs. Vecchio or at the security guard’s station as one enters.

❤ Volunteer to unpack and pack coats for distribution.

👬 Sponsor a Coat Drive at your business or organization.

🌲Lead a drive at your place of employment and get others involved in helping out!

🍎Make a monetary donation. Make your check payable to the WEDF and mail it to Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc., 210 Park Ave., suite 224, Worcester, MA 01609.

The outerwear in the schools is given out by the principals after the school fills out a “Request Form” for their students in need.

According to Mrs. Vecchio, the district has a volunteer day where hundreds of pieces of winter clothing/coats etc are bagged for pick-up by the school. The program runs from November through February, so requests are filled on an on-going need throughout the winter months. In addition, many of the items are delivered before the holiday as a much-needed Christmas gift to the students and families.

As we look forward to the holiday season, let us assist with this program. Remember, this wonderful act of kindness is taking place within our community! Please reach out and help our students in need. I know I will!

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🍎Donate/$ to the COATS FOR WORCESTER KIDS program!🍎🍎

HELP OUR WPS STUDENTS!

By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee

Many organizations, year after year, have helped provide new winter coats and outerwear for low-income Worcester kids: Hanover Insurance Group, DCU for Kids, Mechanics Hall, Teamsters Local 170, Spring Street School in Shrewsbury and numerous departments within the University of Massachusetts and UMass Memorial. Also: the Family Medicine and Community Health program at UMass Medical School supports COATS FOR KIDS.

As one of the employees from the Department of Family Medicine at UMass stated last year, “We love the project and hope that people continue to be as generous as they have in the past.”

You can see Elizabeth Vecchio, coordinator for the Worcester Public Schools, face light up with enthusiasm when she talks about this incredible program. She said, “This program provides new warm outerwear to Worcester children in need. It fosters comfort and confidence within the child.” She went on to say that the number one way to break the cycle of poverty is through education. These new coats help children attend school more often on cold and rainy days.

But for those children receiving a new coat or outerwear, it can be much more than just warmth. It can inspire happiness and improve peer acceptance, self-respect, school attendance and over-all wellness. “Keeping children healthy and warm throughout the cold winter months can changes lives,” Mrs. Vecchio said.

Hopefully, I have your attention on this most important project. So, what can Worcesterites or local businesses do to support this amazing cause? Here are a few suggestions:

🎅 Shop for new winter outerwear – coats, hats, mittens and drop it off at the Durkin Administration Building, Irving Street, Room 008 – to Mrs. Vecchio or at the security guard’s station as one enters.

❤ Volunteer to unpack and pack coats for distribution.

👬 Sponsor a Coat Drive at your business or organization.

🌲Lead a drive at your place of employment and get others involved in helping out!

🍎Make a monetary donation. Make your check payable to the WEDF and mail it to Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc., 210 Park Ave., suite 224, Worcester, MA 01609.

The outerwear in the schools is given out by the principals after the school fills out a “Request Form” for their students in need.

According to Mrs. Vecchio, the district has a volunteer day where hundreds of pieces of winter clothing/coats etc are bagged for pick-up by the school. The program runs from November through February, so requests are filled on an on-going need throughout the winter months. In addition, many of the items are delivered before the holiday as a much-needed Christmas gift to the students and families.

As we look forward to the holiday season, let us assist with this program. Remember, this wonderful act of kindness is taking place within our community! Please reach out and help our students in need. I know I will!

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💃new: EDITH ELECTION VICTORY COLUMN🇺🇸💐

Biden is really #46 now!

By Edith Morgan

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Finally, we can breathe again: with 279 electoral votes (and still counting) the Biden-Harris team is now poised to take over the White House on January 20, 2021.

All day long throngs gathered in our cities, orderly but joyous, waving flags and holding signs, wearing facial masks, but not always able to keep their distance. And in cities in Europe too these celebrations were taking place – joyous and orderly. Everywhere there was celebration of our newly chosen 46th President and his running mate.

While there were also some small groups of Trump supporter there, there seemed to be no confrontations or other trouble.

Finally, after days of waiting, the stage was ready in Wilmington, Delaware, for the acceptance speech; in a dazzling white pants suit VP-elect Kamala Harris came out and delivered an impassioned speech about the beliefs and goals of the in-coming administration. She expressed her gratitude to the poll workers, the voters, all Americans for the record turnout. She said, “Democracy is not a state, it is an act” – action that needs to be constantly supported and practiced. She stressed the generosity and courage of those who marched for justice and re-emphasized the choice of hope, unity, science and TRUTH – and told about the love which permeates the Biden family and her own.

That she is the first woman of color in this role should give every little girl hope and let all understand that we are a country of possibilities. She said that Biden represents the best in us and that he will be a President for ALL of us.

At 8:37 p.m. Saturday night, President-elect Joe Biden came out to cheers. He said that this was the most votes ever cast in a presidential election (74 million), and mentioned the great outpouring of joy all over the world. He said he would unify us, as we are not red or blue but Americans. He promised to restore the soul of America. He heaped praise on his wife, Jill, emphasized her career as a teacher and said that “we have bent the arc of justice” and thanked the volunteers, poll workers and local officials and the Black Community: “I owe you!”

Quoting from the Bible, Biden alluded to the verse “to everything there is a season” and said now is the time to heal.

He said Republicans are Americans too and expects they too share the values of decency, fairness and science. He pledged to battle the virus, work on climate change, repair the economy – that means jobs with dignity and respect.

Biden said: America is the land of possibilities, we never give up and we never give in. He then quoted the words of a song and said his grandmother had told him not merely to keep the faith but to spread it. He ended his speech at 8:54 p.m. Both his families and Kamala’s came up on the stage with three generations filling the space. They hugged and swayed to the swelling music. Then began a spectacular displays of fireworks, all while the crowd was there, in cars and in person, cheering and waving flags.

The fireworks featured a display by drones which spelled out Biden, Harris, “46”, a map of America and our flag. With a final great burst of fireworks, the evening ended – on a very high note, leaving us all with a wonderfully warm and uplifted feeling.

It has been several years since we have felt this way! I greatly hope the momentum can be maintained and we can regain the America we have lost!

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Edith – always in style! THE FINAL DEBATE🇺🇸🍿🇺🇸🍿

October 22 – the Final Presidential Debate🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

By Edith Morgan

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So, who won this debate? That seems to be the question. But how do we decide? Was it a win that the microphones were muted when the other candidate was talking? Was it a win that Joe Biden could speak uninterrupted when it was his turn? Was it a win that Donald Trump stayed throughout the 90 minutes? Was it a win that moderator Kristen Welker maintained control most of the time, and was able to move the entire debate along so all subjects could at least be mentioned, even if they were often not answered.

It would have been a great win for the American people if there had been a lot of new and truthful information in the answers. And if we had the technology in place for immediate fact checks to be run alongside the screen, probably fewer viewers would be misled by the fantastic figures pulled out of thin air by Donald Trump. But that will take time to unravel and, unfortunately, our attention spans are too short to wait and check.

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The debate was held at Belmont University auditorium, in Nashville, Tennessee. The format was basically the same as for the first debate: 90 minutes, divided into six sections, with a two-minute answer by one o the two, and response, then some discussion back and forth. Subjects covered were the corona virus, with differing views on the cost, in lives, the economy, and whom to blame; national security, healthcare, race in America and climate change. I was surprised that Trump still claims that windmills kill birds and solar is very expensive. And while he seemed very concerned about the birds, he was not bothered by the disease and respiratory problems and the cancers afflicting people, mostly minorities and poor people, living in the shadow of fracking operations or air pollution from coal and oil production. They were getting bigger pay checks there, he said.

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Throughout the debate it was clear that the main concerns of the two presidential candidates were diametrically opposed: Trump’s main concern was opening up the economy, our schools, our businesses, while Biden wanted to lick the virus first, save lives and increase the minimum wage so that every working person could earn a living wage. For Trump, the stock market is vital, while not so much for Biden – as most middle- and lower-class Americans really have not much invested there.

On the question of the vaccine, Trump named the American companies working on the accelerated program, and claimed we would have 100 million vaccines available!!! But he was vague on the exact time, promising, as usual, that it would be soon. On further questioning, he still could not, or would not, give any details as to what his health plan would be.

I am surprised Trump is still getting away with this – after all, there have been 70 attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and, surely, it would not take 10 years to come up with a new and better plan!! Where’s the plan, Donald?

Kudos to moderator Kristen Welker for keeping things moving and civilized. My condolences once again to the American people, who were denied truth, facts and in-depth understanding of the problems we as a country are facing.

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New Rose Column: SPENCER VOTES?🍎🍎

Hard Times in My Old Spencer Town

By Rosalie Tirella

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SPENCER during this Election Season: I’m thinking of the sweet people I used to live next to in the poor part of this town: Elm, Mechanic, Main streets. Old row houses built for the factory workers – Spencer was once a French town known for its sheet metal workers, blue collar thru and thru. Then the SAAD factories, the mills down the road in Dudley and Douglas closed, like all our factories and mills here in Worcester, then 1, 2, 3! Spencer became poor. Spencer in many places looks like my part of Blackstone River Road …

But except for one creepy neighbor – like the creeps here who CREEP me out! – I liked the people of Spencer. The poorer folks in this big, sprawling Central Massachusetts town – my Elm and Maple street neighbors, tenants living in the long row houses, were unfailingly polite, modest … a quiet friendliness suffused their “hello”‘s, “have a nice day”‘s. And everyone was a builder/crafter: they fixed their porches, weaved beautiful fake flower wreaths for their front doors, added bits and pieces of wood to their little garden fences …

I saw their poverty and, unlike the hustlers here in my buildings, they did lots of improvisation when it came to surviving poverty: the old guys carved their own crooked walking canes, the ladies had shopping carts just like my late Mom did when we lived in Green Island, and they pulled their shopping wagons up the hill to the supermarket to grocery shop – and pulled it home. In all kinds of weather. Sometimes I’d offer an old woman a ride – proud and quietly determined, she always declined. I was nice but I wasn’t a Spencer girl. New in town.

Often I’d go to Spencer Town Hall, pictured here, to talk with Laura the Town Clerk and try to make an appointment with the Town Manager (ha!). Laura was polite but, my advocacy for the poor people fell on deaf ears. Laura, I’d say, WHY NOT HAVE A TOWN COMMUNITY GARDEN IN THAT BIG TOWN LOT NEAR MY HOUSE? The people need free fresh veggies and … What about a FOOD HUB like they have in Northern Worcester County?

My suggestions were met with a Laura smile, condescending, stubborn as a mule …

So WHEN I SAW ALL THESE POOR SPENCER FOLKS WALKING IN THE SLUSH, A WET SNOW FALLING ON A DARK NOVEMBER NIGHT TO TOWN HALL – ELECTION NIGHT IN SPENCER – I WAS APPALLED. Some folks were in their motorized wheelchairs driving along with traffic! Most were drenched, a few weren’t wearing boots …

The old Republican middle classers of Spencer had their big old Caddies and Buicks parked in the town hall parking lot and voted with ease. They came out in droves to re-validate old ways, the same old same old pols …

I voted – and asked a poll worker: IS THIS THE ONLY PLACE TO VOTE? TOWN HALL? WHY NOT A POLLING SITE AT THE PUBLIC HOUSING, IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM, OVER WHERE I LIVE? Why have the poor from my area walk in snowstorms and the cold?

The old woman poll worker replied: WE DON’T EVEN HAVE ONE IN OUR SENIOR HOUSING! WE NEED ONE THERE!

Laura and all the Spencer movers and shakers were practicing their own version of voter suppression. With their small town smiles… So many people/voters living on Elm, Mechanic, Maple, Main streets and more probably looked out their windows on that election night and …left their canes by their doors…and stayed home that Election Night.

Next day I drove down to Congressman McGovern’s office off of Shrewsbury Street – Spencer is part of his Congressional District. He is supposed to represent the people of Spencer. Upset I told Chief of Staff Gladys Rodriguez Parker and other McGovern staffers what I witnessed the night before. WE NEED MORE POLLING SITES! IT’S NOT FAIR!!!

Comfy cats. Entitled cats. They gave me the same look that the Spencer movers and shakers had given me!! …and did nothing.

❤Love to all my Spencer neighbors who vote despite the voter disenfranchisement in Spencer, courtesy of Congressman Jim McGovern, oblivious Town Clerk Laura, the Boneheaded Spencer selectmen and pointless Spencer town administrator.

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President Donald J. Trump has COVID 19

By Edith Morgan

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The COVID 19 virus is truly an equal opportunity invader – and seems finally to have reached the supposedly safest house in America -the Trump White House.

After Trump called the virus a “Democrats’ hoax” and saying it would just disappear and telling reporter Bob Woodward that he knew how deadly it was but did not tell the public because he did not want to panic us … and leading millions of Americans to avoid wearing face masks … now has come home to Trumpland. Trump and wife Melania are at Walter Reed Hospital, under quarantine, and for all practical purposes out of mainstream life for a couple of weeks.

This is so close to the November election! Trump is – of course – in a Presidential Suite in the hospital, getting the best medical care in the world … and he claims he will carry on his presidential duties from Walter Reed. He does not look well …

Meanwhile, Trump has exposed so many people around him: not just family members, but staff, military personnel, Secret Service men and women and all those tasked with guarding and transporting him, not to mention the thousands packed together in his rallies.


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Most of us have continued to listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci and our doctors and the research scientists who have continuously reminded us to wash our hands, wear facial masks and keep our distance.

Let us all hope that the very professional staff at Walter Reed, who have in the past performed so many near-miracles, will be on top of this problem and that Trump will quickly recover, without the really bad time that Boris Johnson of the UK experienced.

Do you all recall the story of “The boy who cried wolf”? After so many lies, misinformation, flip-flops, and incessant tweets, my first instinct was that this news was just another diversion caused by Trump because of his plummeting poll figures to provide an excuse to delay the election – or to say it was all rigged. When you have been lied to often enough, you begin to question everything.

I will assume for the time being, that this is the real thing: apparently the Trump tweets that used to come in the middle of the night, by the dozens, seem to have stopped – a sign that Trump is not up to doing that!

There are so many questions, but this White House is so secretive that we can only speculate.
So, stay tuned, wear your masks, wash your hands, stay 6 feet apart and keep healthy – flu season is just around the corner.

EDITH🌺🌸 – ALWAYS IN STYLE! … WHAT PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE??

By Edith Morgan

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Edith – our political reporter! Our former scribe, Steve Maher, is struggling … his Parkinson’s disease has worsened. We pray for Steve.

What I watched on TV – Tuesday night’s presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump – could not, by any stretch of the imagination, be called a debate. The rules, clearly enunciated by moderator Chris Wallace and agreed to by both debaters, were totally violated and ignored by Donald Trump. That was surely no surprise from Trump, an acolyte of the infamous Roy Cohn, the evil brains behind the late divisive US Senator Joe McCarthy. We saw, in full application, that technique being used on us at that show. Call it that! As that it was!!


Trump incites American hate groups to disrupt the November 3 election, intimidating ALL voters.

I recall the McCarthy era well – and recognize the technique, a set of experiences perfected by Hitler’s propaganda minister, Goebbels. Name-calling, lying, blaming everyone else, deflecting and out shouting your adversary. And never taking responsibility. Changing the subject whenever incontrovertible facts get in the way.


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So how do I summarize this circus? Questioner Wallace did his best to ask the questions on six topics he had prepared, trying to give equal time to each speaker, and allowing for comments and /or rebuttals. Trump interrupted incessantly, so it was really difficult to hear what Joe Biden had to say on any subject, despite constant attempts by Wallace to re-enforce the rules.

The audience, sparse due to the threat of the novel coronavirus/COVID 19, obeyed the rule that they were to abstain from clapping, commenting, etc. They did observe absolute silence all through the show. Some were wearing masks (Notably, the First Lady was masked, though not most of the Trump side.)


Trump – indecent. He slammed Beau, the dead son of Joe Biden – and he called Hunter Biden a drug addict. Hunter is in recovery.

The event took place on the campus of Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. Had the rules been followed, the program was to be divided into six 15-minute segments with a topic for each segment. Neither candidate had seen the questions ahead of time. Among subjects of questions were the major issues facing our country: the Supreme Court, COVID 19, our economy, race in America, “law and order” and climate change.

There had been a lot of discussion on media as to how each candidate was preparing for the debate. Clearly, Trump had no need to prepare, as he failed to adhere to the format, did not answer with any but invented facts, and simply veered to personal attacks. Trump described a U.S. economy that is so great I hardly recognized that he might have been talking about America – unless you think that the greed-ridden Dow Jones is the real picture.

After decades of attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act, Trump still had no plan in place – after almost FOUR years in office! He continued to blame the huge California fires on “poor forest management,” ignoring the fact that the Federal Government owns most of the forests that are on fire! Hence, they were under Trump’s control!! Whose “poor forest management” was that?! That was only one example, but you get the drift. Fact checkers will have a field day with all the other Trump lies and distortions.


❤ historian Jon Meacham – who’s voted for Dems and Republicans.

I am concerned that this fiasco will have been widely viewed overseas, with obvious repercussions for America’s reputation, so badly damaged already by the Trump administration. But I believe that the good, common sense of much of the American public, will, after watching three of these “debate” spectacles, will finally reel and turn from Donald Trump in disgust and clean house. Those of us who are teachers know that you have to hear something three times before it takes.

In the famous words of U.S. Army lawyer Welch (our own Massachusetts-ian): Have you no shame, sir?”

Of course the answer was, and is, NO.

Chef Joey – always fashionable!!🍁🍁🍁

Bonjour from Beautiful France!

By Chef Joey

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Joey’ daughter Gigi accompanied Joey to France – Vinny stayed home.

Bonjour from beautiful France! On Monday Gigi and I had to return to France to bring my mother back to finish up a few things since my father’s passing last year. Air travel is no longer the same thing, airports are empty and so is the flight. We were on a brand new “Airbus” that holds 300 passengers, there were 42 of us and 21 crew members. There was a dinner service and a breakfast snack and a great crew on board. The flight was so smooth and extra fast – what normally is a 6 ½ hour flight was now 5 hours and maybe 40 minutes. The ground crew in Paris was not even there yet, we were so early.

The best part is one of the flight attendants who took a liking to Gigi was on the next flight to Nice and was super helpful getting us to the next terminal.

We had all sorts of new “Covid” travel upon arrival – after baggage we called an Uber – 3 minutes later we were on our 14 kilometer ride to our house. Everyone wearing masks and a bit exhausted from the travel but we were in good spirits. Gigi was especially pumped because she had a hot chocolate in Paris, and the sugar kicked in the whole 1 hour flight from Paris. The cat nap in the car was not sufficient to calm a five year old on chocolate.

At home we quickly unpacked and had the “mandatory” nap for Gigi. Five hours later we were off to the market – snacks and dinner were part of our mission! What I immediately noticed as I entered the grocery store was the difference of being bombarded with “junk food” at the entrance of American stores to entice you to load up before procuring real food. Most French markets start you off in the wine department. Not too shabby. The produce is usually near the cash registers, so freshness is the last thing you see is veggies. Of course, there’s the fresh bread and pastries.

The other great thing about French food is it is all GMO-free and pretty much all organic, too. Italy is even better with the veggies all grown locally in green houses on the terraced cliffs, a marvel just to see them function year round.

Mask wearing, like the states is mandatory. However, here you get a fine$, and the whole south of France is under video surveillance. So there really is no way to escape the law, and it is a good thing. It used to be no shoes, no shirt, no service or entry…now it is no mask no way!

We plan on going to an open market this weekend, so I have pictures and more story line to report. We just got here and Gigi started school today and had a nifty organic lunch for her first day. Four courses even at a cost of $1 a day – and as of December, most schools are leaning to all vegan meals for kids to curb eating disorders.

The French government monitors all foods and literally will pull products if they have too much fat, calories or even sugars. Nestle lost a whole summer of purchases a few years ago because there was too much sugar in their chocolate! Anyways, like all things, moderation is key – and smart eating decisions are the way to go!

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Chef Joey. Mask up in France – or “face” a fine!