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Monday, July 10, 2006

A year of Ray Clark

Snippets from almost every week's issues from Ray Clark. By spring, though, the newspaper's presence online was spotty and archives and issues disappearing like fog on a sunny day. IMHO stands for In My Humble Opinion and is Mr. Clark's designated editorial.


Just an hour after being lauded for their "courage", three members of the Gray Town Council reached a new level of political expediency. Jan 20, 2006 Ray Clark and Nathan Tsukroff, from a news report

Cleaning out the trashcan of Council vs. CEDC: Has there been in the Town of Gray a more naked display of collusion in the face of inevitable defeat than Upham, Crane and Foster scuttling like crawfish away from a vote on abolishing the CEDC Tuesday night? Jan 20, IMHO

It is almost February, and I am sick of winter. Not the outside winter: the winter inside the hearts of some members of the Gray Town Council. Clark, IMHO Jan 27, 2006

You can learn a lot from books, and one of the things you learn is that you can't always trust what you hear or what you read. Clark, IMHO Feb 3, 2006

The news that a group of citizens wants to oust Andrew Upham from the Gray Town Council should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the Council at work since it was elected in June. Clark, IMHO Feb 10, 2006

" Will recall bring Upham down? News Headline by Ray Clark Feb 17, 2006

This May's Town Meeting could be the last, if the Town votes to put the annual budget to referendum. (This is listed because it is untrue) March 2, 2006: Ray Clark

The Council turned off the television cameras and went home at 11:55 P.M., wiser, no doubt, about many issues. March 10: editorial comment inserted in a news report

It is too early to say what will happen to Mr. Upham in the forthcoming special election. But the betting is now that he'll be hung out to dry. March 24: IMHO

"...meetings were as instructive, entertaining and sometimes deliciously gossipy... March 31, describing his company's Board of Directors' meetings

Whatever their reasons, Council members should be ashamed of themselves. IMHO April 7

FinCom meeting illegal? Maybe not... then again... news headline, April 14

Is it just that they don't know how to plan a meeting, or is it something deeper and more calculated? April 21: IMHO Ray Clark

I don't often get mad, but I'm mad. IMHO Ray Clark April 28

But it was the worst of results for the Town of Gray. May 5 Ray Clark IMHO

As ex-State Representative Clifton Foster said, Town Meeting is "democracy in its purest form". That is what you will lose, if some members of this Council have their way. Wait a minute: maybe that's what some of the members of this Council want you to lose. IMHO May 12

Wow. Is there anyone angrier in the town of Gray?


  • Angrier than who, exactly? Immediately, I thought of Paul, Ray, Nathan, and Lynn, but not all of them can win "Angriest" title...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:19 AM  

  • He actually said that it was the worse of results for the Town of Gray? He claims he's all about justice and people speaking up for what they believe in. Well, the people spoke last year when they voted for that council, including Mr. Upham. They spoke again when they voted to keep him in office. I guess Mr. Clark doesn't care about democracy, justice, or people voting for what they want or believe in. He cares only if people vote for what HE and his buddies want.

    "I respect your opinion, but only if it is the same as mine." ~ Ray Clark
    (The above is not a real quote of his, as far as I know. I merely made it up just now, to make a point. If you're uncomfortable with posting it, I understand completely, and you may erase it.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:28 AM  

  • Anonymous above, yes. He said that. The context is that the results would have been better if theere had been a landslide one way or the other, demonstrating a definitive direction. Mr Clark thought that the results were the worst they could be, a close call not resolving anything, really, in his mind..

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 12:32 PM  

  • Angrier than who? Actually I think Paul Proudian and Sharon Bondroff are angrier than Ray- because they stay mad on a more sustained level over a longer period. Ray seems to get mad intermittently, usually when Pennell, Pennell lab, and the Library are brought up. Mr Proudian and Mrs Bondroff are just ticked all the time, no matter what.

    But Ray gets mad in print. That's harder to do- get mad, stay mad, and put it down on paper, and then publish it for all to see. I should buy him one of those TLC (Or USA?) statues, like the one that says "Merlot and E-mail don't mix". Allowing your anger to pour forth on a weekly basis in writing is not being that great of an editor. Please share your anger with your wife, or your mirror, but in print, the editor should offer something to the reader, instead of it being about 'me-me-me, I'm so mad I could spit' every week.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 12:40 PM  

  • Being angry is sooo bad for ones Health! At Ray Clark's age, it is dangerous to 'hold onto' all the hatred and negatives that he does. Life is too short and precious to waste such hurtful energies on stuff that doesn't amount to a tinkers dam!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:06 PM  

  • By the way, 'Five Minutes of Ray Clark' is way too much!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:48 AM  

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