Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Friday, December 7, 2007

One Flew Over the Town Hall

OK. It's been more than a day, and I can't hold it in any longer.

I was reading an article regarding the vote on the waste water treatment facility in the Town Common newspaper yesterday and I came across this paragraph:

"One of the few to commend the board was Edward Goodwin of the Conservation Commission, who actually said that a 1.1 (million gallons per day) plant was excessively high. From my point of view, 1.1 is way over the top." said Goodwin, justifying his stance by adding that "residential and community growth don't pay for themselves." He also said that the war in Iraq necessitates fiscal conservatism."

This is from a member of the Conservation Commission. A town official. He actually stated for the record that 1.1 million gallons per day was "excessively high". He also stated for the record that because of the war in Iraq we need to show some "fiscal conservatism".

You read this correctly. One of the two reasons he voted against the 1.4 million gallons recommended by the engineers was because of the war in Iraq.

I don't know.

Maybe it's just me.

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