Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

A Batty Decision

I’d like to take a look at the GASD’s recent decision to shutter the Walter Elwood Museum. From what’s been reported in the Gazette here and here, we’ve learned: 1) The decision was unanimous 2) The decision was unexpected 3) The decision was justified as...

Drinking the Kool Aid

I’d intended not to post for a while but I made the unfortunate decision to tune in WVTL on a casual drive Thursday morning and here we are. What follows is my reaction to listening to a short segment — admittedly not the full segment...

Killing My Blog?

I’ve not posted in a while so I wanted to explain the reasons why. First, I’ve been enjoying the summer so more often than not I’m outside versus inside. Summer passes much too quickly so I try to take advantage of every minute. Second, I’m...

Asset (Mis)Management

Time and time again, the very people entrusted with managing and enhancing the public assets of the city fail to serve the community’s interest. The recent decision on the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course, “Muni”, illustrates the key elements at play. First: the failure to focus...

Heckuva Job

I don’t even have to make things up– from today’s Daily Gazette on the resignation of City Assessor Michael Chiara: Duchessi said in the eight years he spent as mayor he wouldn’t say that he worked closely with Chiara because “Mike spent a lot of...

The Disquieting Silence on GASD Report Cards

It’s just amazing to me that the recent GASD test scores have absolutely no coverage in the press (Daily Gazette and Amsterdam Recorder), no coverage on the GASD Web site and no coverage at the recent school board meeting. I understand the silence from the...

Happy 4th of July

Tangential but here is Soundgarden’s 4th of July as I just heard it today for the first time in quite a while. Enjoy. I’ll be posting next week but taking time off for the long weekend. Cheers!

The Deafening Silence of GASD Scores

It’s now more than one week since the release of the School Report Cards and still no coverage by the press or by the GASD board. The topic was not even part of the meeting agenda. I’m not sure what’s past ridiculous but this certainly...

Fore!

No, this isn’t about Muni but as Golf metaphors are all the rage in the editorials, I thought I’d coopt the metaphor for something which you really should duck and cover. I posted about coverage, or lack thereof,  of the GASD report scores. It’s apparently...