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
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Pay Attention to What is Said, and Then Hold Them Accountable
Read that quote again. Slowly.
Let's start with the "extra" $150.00 per year. That's 41 cents a day. I'm not Donald Trump, but that is not going to break anyone. That will barely buy a cup and a lid at Dunkin' Donuts. So, let's scrap that reason now.
Next, let's take, "That's discretionary income that people can't spend on local business."
Discretionary income is just that, discretionary. People can spend it as they see fit. And what the heck does this mean about not spending it on local business? Isn't that what we do, earn money, and spend money on things that are supplied by local business? At our discretion? Who is in charge of our money? Ourselves, or the Board of Selectmen? What do local businesses think of this statement? It only reflects what has been stated recently about the Town not caring about local business. Take the story about the Sturbridge Baking Company for instance. (see previous post).
And, why can't the taxpayers have the largest plant possible? The key word here is possible. No, a one billion gallon per day plant is probably the biggest possible. All the consultants advised, and was recommended by other officials and committees was a 300, 000 increase in size. And, that is what was desired by most.
If the people want it, and it is advised by others with more knowledge than the selectmen, then the Selectmen have no choice to accept it, not to ignore it. They are elected to represent us. They are not in office to promote their own agenda.
And, finally, the final statement. "...we have to look out for the school system, the taxpayers and the business community.".
The taxpayers? We already covered that. Next.
The business community? The waste water treatment facility of proper size would support the business community by allowing them to grow, and attract more businesses to the the town. Not supporting the larger plant will lead to more of an exodus, and other businesses overlooking our town.
The quote above was taken from a recent article in the Tantasqua Town Common of December 27, 2007. The articles main emphasis was the town reaching out to Roms restaurant in order to get them to stay in town.
I wonder if the town did any similar "reaching" to Basketville, The Sturbridge Baking Company, Van Heusen, and on, and on, and on.
Anyway, I'm just thinking...