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, May 29, 2013
That was not my intent.
What I wanted to do, some of the time, was to stimulate conversation that would lead to ideas, and those ideas lead to change for the better. The rest of the time I wanted to ramble on about the area, the history, and let loose all those elfin thoughts that play inside of my head all day long. Most of those synaptic leaks may be worthwhile reading.
Hence, "Thinking Out Loud".
I am going to get back to more of the latter. The political side is fine, and the thoughts spilled here have got folks talking, and acting. Best part is they have brought many issues to light that would have been barely spoken of elsewhere, and have started folks talking, and acting, but there is more I want to say, and for the most part, those thoughts can be taken, digested, and used anywhere.
I liken these pages to the drone of conversation at a party; you only tune in what interests you, and then move closer to those words. The rest is only white noise.
There are still issues that I have addressed that have yet to be taken care of, such as the warning signs on Brookfield Road warning of zero tolerance for speeders promised by the Police chief five years ago. Still have the speeders speeding, and in the past year alone three, or four accidents within 75 feet of my front door.
The dump we purchased along the Quinebaug River was a topic addressed here several times, with pictures, still it was purchased, and the toxicity of the land was denied by Town Hall for years at the same time no work was allowed on the property until the thoughts of building on toxic waste blew over.
It didn't blow over, and we are in over our heads as just what to do with the land.
No worries. It is what it is. People can only fix, and change the things they have power to change, or are allowed to change. That is something else we have learned here on these pages.
We can complain about the behavior of people on boards, or the entire boards, or committees themselves, but unless we complain loud enough, strong enough, formulate a plan to resolve the issues, and move on, then all we are doing is making white noise, and that is easy to ignore.
If the FinCom is consistently upsetting people with their recommendations, then fix the charter to enable that those appointed can be removed, and to change the way members to FinCom are appointed and by whom. Is the Town Meeting moderator the best person to appoint members, and why is that?
Words need to inspire thought, or action. The thoughts can be entertaining, relaxing, provocative, educational, or whatever, an action is taking that inspiration, and running with it. More inspired action would be a good thing.
So, expect more rambling from my keyboard.
Summer is a lazy time. A book at the beach, games at the field, a drink in the yard, and nonsense from me.