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City Council to briefly consider second applicant for city clerk's job before giving it to Maureen Feeney

Steve Murphy's Committee on Rules and Administration will pose tough questions to Natalie Carithers of Dorchester on her bid to become the next city clerk at an interview on Monday. The committee is also scheduled to formally interview recently retired Councilor Maureen Feeney before members vote on a recommendation to the full council.

The interviews begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Atkins Room on the fifth floor of City Hall.



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Like a Soviet show trial. The comrades will give Ms Carithers a fair trial before they hang her.

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Wow, what a fresh reference.

In United States, you make comment on Internet. In Soviet Russia, Internet make comment on you! What a country!

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Ask Boston City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk candidates... What is your background with the newest technologies and software? Needed is a candidate qualified in the newest technologies and software.

An example, the tip of the iceberg of Boston City Council's dishonorable practices of too limited searching for the best candidates for the top staff of the hundred of so Council staff including City Stenographer/Scopist, City Messenger, Researchers, etc. Submit your evaluations, favorable or otherwise of City Council top staff and City Clerks Office staff to be reviewed by the City Council and City of Boston Human Resources.


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Another successful nation-wide search!

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This headline belongs in the "opinion" section.

I understand your frustration. I feel it, too. But you cannot say you are reporting "the news", and then post an inflammatory, predictive headline. Please, either make a separate "opinion" tag, or write unbiased headlines.

You can't have UHub both ways without making an explicit distinction between individual posts. You know this.

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I've been doing it all along. Maybe not as openly disdainful as here, but if you go back, you'll notice me occasionally slipping an opinion into a headline. Hopefully, noticeable enough that if you disagree you'll reply rather than getting a skewed sense of the news.

In this particular case, yeah, I'm definitely expressing an opinion: Why bother wasting everybody's time interviewing this other person when it's obvious who the next city clerk will be?

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I've been doing it all along.

Yup, he sure has. And yes, it can be infuriating at times, but it's his blog and he can do whatever he wishes. One could argue that this is why people visit. Also, he has never claimed it's a pure news site, which it isn't.

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This isn't the NY Times - Adam's headlines are part of what makes it what it is- news but of a more entertaining and interactive variety. We all know he has opinions and occasionally even posts them. He's also not saying anything pretty much everybody out here doesn't already know.

And for the record - why do we even need a city clerk. S/he obviously has way too much time in his/her hands if the current clerk can spend 1/3 or more of their time running a wedding chapel out of city hall. The least Rosaria coulda done is dress up like elvis and sing, dance and wiggle once in a while when a Glob photog popped in.

This position should be eliminated and taken over by a staffer for the council president and weddings should be outsourced to the justice of the peace for the day (who has successfully bid for the right) $150k or so isn't a ton of money in a $2.x billion budget - but it's still $150k which is almost an extra teacher, firefighter or cop or even two DPW workers- positions that are far more essential and less redundant.

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> The interviews begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Atkins Room on the fifth floor of City Hall.

If there are a) minutes they are public record. Minutes can be requested and made more widely available via the net. b) Notes taken by Council staff are public record. Notes can be requested and made more widely available via the net. When any and c) all public documents of the Committee, such as they are, for these Council practices of representative government are made more widely available the public record puts officials in more sunlight for greater review and critique.

"...Stone's willingness to "scour and devour public documents..."

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I know that people who doggedly pursue a single issue can be socially annoying, but transparency in government is pretty core to an efficient, functioning, western-style representative democracy, which is what we claim to want here.

And what it takes to change things is sometimes as simple as one little old lady who refuses to give up her seat on the bus.

Keep on keepin' on, theszak.

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By Peter Bachrach
The Theory of Democratic Elitism, A Critique
1967 Little, Brown and Company
LB Basic Studies in Politics
Under the Editorship of Sheldon S. Wolin

Available by interlibrary loan from your favorite college or branch public library

Until quite recently democratic and elite
theories were regarded as distinct and conflicting. While in their
pure form they are still regarded as contradictory, there is, I
believe, a strong if not dominant trend in contemporary political
thought toward incorporating major elitist principles within
democratic theory. As a result there is a new theory which I have
called democratic elitism. This book is a historical and analytical
examination of the theory, the chief purpose of which is to
probe its soundness both as empirical and as normative theory...

The Theory of
Democratic Elitism
A Critique
This book is predicated upon the assumption
that there is in the normative sense, a fundamental distinction
between democratic and elite theories. Therefore it is important
at the outset to be clear as to the nature of the basic difference
between these terms. It does not turn on the common supposition
that elitism is "government by the few" and democracy
"government by the people." The exigencies of life in the
industrial and nuclear age necessitate that the key and crucial political
decisions in a democracy, as in totalitarian societies, be made by
a handful of men. Those who lived through the agonizing days
of the Cuban crisis, of the United State's confrontation of Soviet
power, would be hard pressed to reach a contrary conclusion.^1
The issue for the democrat is not one of choosing between effective
government and democratic government. If it were, democracy
would be an untenable alternative...

^1 The force of C. Wright Mills' Power Elite (New York, 1956) is
considerably diminished since the key decisions that he lists as being made by
the elite are those, such as the bomb, Korea, Dien Bien Phu, which the
President made and for which he was constitutionally responsible. See
Daniel Bell, End of Ideology (Glencoe, Ill., 1960), p. 49.


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