Over the course of the last 40+ years I have been to a lot of bad Bellevue Council meetings. A LOT. The very first council meeting I attended, in 1979, lasted until 1 a.m. and involved a lot of yelling…mostly by the council president at other members of council.


We talk about “dropping the ball” when referring to someone who has failed to do his job, who has overlooked important matters. It can happen to anyone from time to time, but in Bellevue there are way too many balls rolling all over the place.

There were three balls being dropped from the third floor of Bellevue’s borough building just this past week, and officials better keep their fingers crossed that they don’t bounce back and hit them in the face.


On May 24, 2016, I heard voices and opened my eyes to see an old high school friend leaning over me. I heard him say that he was going to tape some pictures of Deacon, my Great Dane, on the wall, and I watched in confusion as he did just that. The wall, however, was made of glass, and it was not a wall that I recognized from anywhere.

I figured out pretty quickly that I was in a hospital – based on the fact that I was surrounded by more medical equipment than I had ever seen in one place. I noticed more people in the room: my mother, friends, medical personnel.


Yes, folks, it’s here once again – that invigorating year that seems to last forever, that is bursting with enough drama and paranoia to keep everyone on the edge of their seats, and the year that is guaranteed to pit neighbor against neighbor at some point. Yes, 2019 is a local election year.


As we inch closer and closer to the end of our 42nd year in business, we at The Citizen want to express our deepest gratitude to all of our readers and advertisers, and in the spirit of change and growth that is the essence of every new year, re-commit ourselves to delivering the news of the North Boroughs.


Avalon and Bellevue, we have a problem – and that problem is the Northgate School Board.


If any municipal council on the face of the planet has a reputation for, shall we say, boisterous debate during meetings, it is Bellevue Council. There exists a long and proud tradition in Bellevue of government going off the rails. Until now.

This new council is so busy trying to be friendly that they are, for the most part, allowing some enterprising officials to get away with murder.


Since I walked into my first polling place in 1976, I have experienced any number of emotions as I cast my ballot. Sometimes it was with idealistic enthusiasm (Mo Udall – Google it), sometimes it was with determination to change the world (Barack Obama). This Tuesday will be the first election day when I cast my ballot with an overwhelming sense of grief, and a stomach-churning sense of fear.


After a few decades of a whole lot of people pretending that racism really wasn’t much of a problem in our society any longer, it appears that we all must wake up to the consequences of our apathy and lack of attention.