02/02/2015   In The News

OK, it's true we had more snow this past week than we had during the Blizzard of '78, which occurred on Feb. 6-7, 1978.

But the Blizzard of '78 was not just about snow.

In fact, snow was the least of it.
I know, I know, your first thought is that this column is simply going to be one of those diatribes by a curmudgeonly old man who wants you to know that "back then" we had "real" snow, while this week's snow was "wimpy" snow.

Not so.

Nobody is prouder than am I of how far we as a commonwealth have come in our preparation and implementation of snow-emergency responses since we were caught completely flatfooted 37 years ago.

And I say "we" because back in 1978, I was a key player in the Blizzard of '78 response.

On the first night of the storm, I found myself alone on a cot in what we humorously dubbed back then "the MDC Storm Control Center." To put it succinctly, the current Framingham bunker it wasn't.

02/01/2015   Blog

Is it that  time again for a second Blog entry?

Man, why did I agree to do this?

Wait, here's something you can take to the bank.

The snow will end.  Yes that is true.  It will stop and melt and spring will actually arrive - some day.  Until then, hunker down and enjoy and appreciate what you have. 

Keep the faith.

01/26/2015   In The News

By Michael Goldman
Lowell Sun
January 26, 2015

Back from my first vacation in seven years.

Of course, in honor of my friend and client Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, I took my four-day, three-night sojourn on the French side of St. Martin island in the Caribbean.

My major takeaway?

Some French men think it's cool to wear thong bathing suits, which allows them the joy of exposing their derrieres (a French word) to the rest of us.

My second major takeaway?

These men are very, very wrong.

Cool isn't the word.

Yucky (not a French word) is.

My third takeaway?

The French hate Fox News as much as I do and strongly support the mayor of Paris in her attempt to sue that news organization, claiming their coverage of the Paris bombings was "wildly inaccurate" and "wildly insulting."

01/12/2015   In The News

By Michael Goldman
Lowell Sun
January 12, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker has made some very good choices for his new cabinet, but he really got it right when he named Marylou Sudders to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Can you say superstar?

Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, a former governor of Arkansas, an unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate, and now a former Fox News Channel talk-show host, got it wrong when he recently quit his show because he is considering another run for president in 2016.

Paging Harold Stassen.

It was a very close call, but my gut tells me the federal appeals court got it right when it both refused to delay the Marathon Bomber trial and refused a request for a change the venue.

The crime was here, and here is where the trial ought to be held.

01/04/2015   In The News

By Michael Goldman
Lowell Sun
January 4, 2015

I've reached the point in my life where I check the death notices almost every day, in large part to make sure I myself didn't make the list.

As I approach my 50th high-school reunion, however, I always assume it is possible to occasionally see the name of a former classmate or two, or maybe the name of some old colleague from the past, listed.

This is how I found the name of Mike Ralph a couple of months ago. Ralph, a former aide to House Speaker Tip O'Neill, for whom I also once worked, was later a longtime senior administrator at the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.

I hadn't seen or heard from Mike in decades, but seeing his name gave me pause anyway, both because he was a very good man with whom I had shared some pretty good times, and because he was yet one more person I once knew who was no more.

01/01/2015   Blog

My New Year's resolution this year is to Blog at least one big or small thought a month. This is a big deal for me since I'm not sure anyone will read my big and small thoughts. Hey, it could be worse. I could have to produce a 700 word article every week for the Lowell Sun like my compatriot in crime Magschmooz!

I'd rather have my teeth pulled out one at a time.

12/29/2014   In The News

By Michael Goldman
Lowell Sun
December 29, 2014

Trust me. You can take these to the bank. In 2015, I predict neither Mitt Romney nor Elizabeth Warren will announce a run for president, but Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton will.

In 2015, I predict the Republicans will continue to be on the wrong side of history when it comes to immigration reform, global warming and Cuba, just like they were on the wrong side in the past on Social Security, the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.

In 2015, I predict The Interview will become one of the top grossing films of the year.

12/15/2014   In The News

By Michael Goldman
Lowell Sun
December 15, 2014

Last time, I focused on past and current books that explain history as it really was, rather than how we'd like to think it was.

On that list, I mistakenly omitted Zephyr Teachout's Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United. The title explains the subject. Teachout tells the many stories.

This time, I focus on a wider and deeper array of books, all of which I read this year, and now recommend to you.

12/01/2014   In The News

By Michael Goldman
Lowell Sun

Part one of my list of best reads for the year ahead is loaded with books from the past as well as books published just this year.

For example, the best single volume examining the entire American Revolutionary remains The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauff, which was first published in 1985. If you've never read it, and are interested in this era of American history, you should.

That said, there was a great addition to the history of that extraordinary period just this year.

11/18/2014   In The News

By Emily Rooney
November 18, 2014

As host of Greater Boston, I’ve got about 18 years in the rearview mirror and just four more weeks ahead of me. And before I leave this perch, we’re inviting people back on the show who helped make it what it is today.  We’re calling it the Greater Boston version of my weekly radio segment, “Emily’s List.”

Democratic consultant Michael Goldman has been kicking around Boston even longer than me. We first met in 1979 or 1980 when he was working on someone's political campaign – don't remember whose. When his daughters were born, we had an instant connection: they are identical twins, and so am I. He'll tell you to even this day that I gave him good advice: two birthday cakes.