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

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Another Fruit From The Bully Tree

When one makes the decision to put their thoughts out there in a blog for others to read, most will also make decision to do so responsibly.  It just comes with the territory, and is determined by the writers personality, and ethics.

Rule #1   Never attack a persons physical being, or lack of mental prowess.  Personality is different. That often is the reason behind the issue, but tread lightly, and stick to the subject.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and whatever some bloggers are thinking of at the moment about a subject will be unleashed from their fingertips with little involvement of their brain.

That has everything to do with personality.

We have seen this before, but when one goes away, there is always another to rise up, and stand in the "Stupid Spotlight".

Recently, it happened in Southbridge.

Former state rep, and Southbridge Town Councilor, Ken O'Brien is a blogger that jumped on the bandwagon when anonymous comments to his blog began to come down on school committee chairwoman Lauren McLoughlin, and her weight.

“she is of sufficient mass to have her own gravitational field” , he wrote about the chairman.  He wrote that her weight was a bad example in a state encouraging  anti-obesity, and fitness programs in schools.


It doesn't matter what the original argument was that spawned the comments, all that matters now is that a bully has exposed himself to the world, and the ball is in our court.  If we ignore the bullies, they will only grow bolder.  And, bolder.

That is the responsible, right thing to say.  What is not right, or responsible, is acknowledging that the blogger is merely an ass, and not worth our time,  except that we owe it to the person he has hurt to support her.

And, I will, as I am supporting her here today.

But, I  will still acknowledge the ass thing.  I have my wild, irresponsible moments, too.

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