Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Two interesting posts by Suo appeared on my last entry so here they are.

****NIMBYism As A Positive****

The town has been planning for mitigation of the rotary for about 15 years. The state has done virtually nothing of consequence. Middleborough has been continually planned its business parks with the knowledge that eventually the rotary will have to be eliminated. This will help the town maximize tax base.

The first state sponsored meeting I attended regarding the rotary was about 13 years ago at the High School. The state has done virtually nothing of consequence since (A few things may be on the horizon)

Our town planner has worked tirelessly to ensure the town will be prepared once the state releases funds. There is little chance those funds will be released in these austere times. Planning on our side still has to continue.

The casino money has provided the positive result that our town planner can concentrate on many aspects of planning instead of policing the size of trees in subdivisions.

Providing town ambulance service has always been accentuated by a question mark. Over time we have been told the town would generate income by providing ambulance service and later told we would loose money.

Being able to conduct such studies is positive regardless of the casino.

NIMBYism (Not in my back yard) is frequently a very positive planning tool and should not always have negative connotations. When a private or government concern plans something, people affected most will point out the deleterious aspects and force others to rethink the process. That is positive.

NIMBYism is hypocritical when people just want something in another's back yard. What I admire about the casino NIMBYs is that most do not want it anyone's back yard, as demonstrated by Casino "Free" Mass.

For casino NIMBYs, playing ostrich (believing it is completely dead) is not a good planning tool. If people perceive the prospect of the casino as either negative or positive the town should plan for the worse outcome, and work towards the best (elimination of the casino is best for many) Mr. Rullo was correct in this regard; we need to plan until we are 100% sure it will not occur. Nothing is over until it is over.

Some positive results of NIMBYism in Middleborough are: The adult zoning bylaw; cluster zoning; extensive mitigation for residents in the town's industrial parks; the Nichols Middle School, the intersection of 105 & 28, and Oak Point. I can elaborate on those issues if people ask.

All of these issues go hand in hand with planning. Having our very knowledgeable town planner, health officer, building inspector being proactive instead of reactive is essential.

The casino and NIMBYism have produced many positive impacts on the town's collective mentality. More people are becoming aware of the finer aspects and necessities of planning. This is something that will hopefully maintain inertia. Perhaps people will start attending those boring, yet very important, Planning Board and Zoning Board meetings.

NIMBYism does not give the right for people to trespass on private posted property multiple times.

*******On An Ugly Note*****

The Rotary: Massachusetts' potential version of Hurricane Katrina

The rotary has the possibility to be a mass death trap. If the nightmare of an evacuation occurs (as the result of man-made or natural disaster) people will follow those state posted blue "evacuation route" signs to the rotary. It would be similar to wildebeest stampeding into a raging river. Thus the rotary is more than a local planning issue. The state should have rectified the rotary when money was flush.

All of this are just my knuckleheaded opinions.

****NIMBYism Part Two***

An example of NIMBYism making a problem more vexing is SEMASS. SEMASS ended up outside Middleborough borders, but is still in our backyard. We lost the tax revenue and many of the justifiably upset neighbors still have to deal with the offensive aspects.

Most communities are hypocritical trash NIMBYs. They want another town to take their trash.

Then again, our town landfill is in Plympton's back yard.


anonymous said...

Have not been around awhile but I like those comments.

Suo Mynona said...

As previously corrected, the town has been planning for mitigation of the roatary for 25 years.

Suo Mynona said...

***BB's New Shameful Hypocrisy***

BB says: "A shameful lie like that could really damage someone's reputation and business."

BB is it SHAMEFUL to make seemingly make false accusations that local businesses are actively supporting the casino only in hopes of a monetary windfall?

I say seemingly because you are not man enough to name names. You just leave people to suspect who are talking about.

Shameful indeed.

bogofree said...

I guess that represents a contridiction. Wonder which businesses will profit locally?

Raynham said...

MSM Exec Limousine is now providing trips to Foxwoods on our private bus for 24 people at $20 per person, You will also receive a $25.00 package from Foxwoods on your arrival.

8AM departure for a 10AM estimated arrival and then leave Foxwoods 4PM for estimated arrival back at 6PM.

Or if a night trip is more your style, leave at 6PM arriving back at 4AM. Either way $20.00 a person, 24 person min.

* Beverages are allowed on MSM's buses.
* Advance Reservations Required!

LMAO said...


Nice to see a post by you. Where is everyone else? I saw Hal cut MM from the herd. Too bad.

I love the NIMBY post. Amazing how some are always looking for the negative in everything.

Has BB provided an answer yet to who stands to profit?


bogofree said...

Mike has surfaced! That is a bargain.

I remember when you were willing to sponsor a free trip for anti and pro and I think I was the only one that signed up.

Suo Mynona said...

It is great to watch Lance Armstrong slapping the French again. He is an amazing athlete. IMO the Tour de France is the most grueling event in conventional sports.

The French fined him 92 bucks for arriving late because he was signing autographs.

Google the Tour de France and look at some some the crashes. It is a marvel that there are not fewer given how close all the racers are.

Suo Mynona said...

PARIS (Reuters Life!) – French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as bad at foreign languages, tight-fisted and arrogant, according to a survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world.

(Sorry for the cut and paste LMCAO)

Raynham said...

What have I been doing? Hmmm... let me see...
check out

anonymous said...

I saw that, Mike. That is a better deal than the bus companies run. Have you checked out the council on aging?

Raynham said...

Spread the word.. 12 couples is all you need.. I'm trying to generate some work.. Six Flags, Newport, Boston, New London Sub Base,PawSox, what ever you can come up with I can provide transportation...

bogofree said...

Mike. Wish you well on this and it is a great price especially with that $25 from the gin mill.

Suo Mynona said...

The likes of Diane Feinstein are going to go after the CIA for targeting al-Qaida leaders. She and all elected officials should concentrate more on reading House and Senate Bills before voting on them. The bailout bill was a disaster 1,100 pages submitted and voted at the last minute packed with pork.

bogofree said...

Ah...Suo...the deflection goes well beyond local blogs and into the relm of national politics.