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
Thursday, April 28, 2011
A Real Pane In the Glass
Just not sure.
With strong comments there is emotion attached, and a way of venting those emotions by typing fast and furiously on the keyboard.
It can be excellent therapy. Believe me.
Then there are the postings that don't stimulate a lot of comments, and I would be expecting something. Anything. These behaviors can be telling. The emotion attached with submitted comment is a given, but what about the silence? Is it do to resignation that there is little one can say that hasn't already been said? That although the post may be about a different event, or situation, it all goes back to the existing culture, and therefore little one can do about it?
Well, how about those that are involved in the actual event itself? If it was a positive posting, then I can see those involved stepping back a bit. No sense in commenting on their own good work, but what about behaviors questioned, or actions that need further explanation? I would expect those folks leaving a comment occasionally, but they have walked down the "comment path" before and probably don't want to be subjected to online wrath.
I understand that.
So, what is the next step? Well, I may have cracked open the lid of a particular hidden, or overlooked subject that needs to be addressed, and answers found, but this is not the venue to find those answers. It is up to the residents that would like an explanation to address it in the most appropriate forum, and that is at a meeting of the Board of Selectmen, or the committee involved.
Believe me, no matter what is written here, folks are aware of it, and if it even slightly involves them, they are expecting your questions, and to give you some answers. Sometimes they hope it doesn't come to that, but in order to maintain accountability for actions taken, we need to follow up, and question those involved. If for nothing else, just to know.
The single pane windows at the Town Hall installed as a result of a multimillion dollar restoration of the building, and the Center School across the street is probably the worse decision I have heard being made around here in a long time.
Sturbridge a Green Community? I think we need some answers, and a plan in place to correct the situation first.
It would be awfully embarrassing applying to the program and having to admit to installing new single pane windows in a the town hall for history's sake.
Criterion #5: Set requirements to minimize life-cycle energy costs for new construction; one way to meet these requirements is to adopt the new Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) Stretch Code.