Saturday, March 15, 2014

Middleboro - The New Twilight Zone

Middleboro has priorities and we will soon see if building a 12.7M cop shop is one of them. This, of course, comes on the heels of defeating and override of 2 and ½ directed towards education. In Middleboro we throw the book at them since it is more important than reading a book. You examine the profiles of each town in Plymouth County and Middleboro is firmly entrenched at the bottom on most statistical categories - unemployment, college educated, median income…..
Not to be done Middleboro may have a second chance to vote on education. The high school need to be expanded or is it renovated or is it both? That will mean another debt exclusion. The high school is barely 40 years young, so one can fully understand the need to update it.
The TM that will have a shout out on the cop shop will once again clearly demonstrate town meeting is the purest form of special interest. Their vote will be a stuffed ballot with, to no surprise, the local police calling out as much support as possible. And if you wish to speak out? TM should be electronic. Wait! This is Middleboro. Nice to remain in the 19th century.
There is an informational video on the police website to show just how pathetic the structure is. IMHO, that is justification for taking a wrecking ball to the structure rather than piling on money to “restore” it. The video itself is about as objective as a Michael Moore movie.
There is also another video that has a presentation regarding the 12.7M projected project. Now I understand they are going to have a gym. Looking at some of the officers this is a wonderful idea and maybe a nutritionist and diet specialist can be in the mix? Now I understand that the police union is going to pay for the gym. Does that mean they will also be paying a monthly rent for that space? Missed that.
With public safety you can wave the “Bloody Shirt” just so often and then it loses impact.
Next up is the fact that the RMV fees will now go up 20%. Why? Feed the machine, of course. The registry is the proverbial cash cow and the extra dough goes elsewhere. The major target in this latest heist is the MBTA. Of course, lest we forget roads and bridges. That is just another pile of manure. Back years ago when bonding was finally payoff on the Massachusetts Turnpike another little fiscal sleight of hand took place to keep that a toll road. Of course that money was going to (drum roll please) - roads and bridges.
The Callahan Tunnel project in Boston will come in under budget and ahead of schedule. Maybe that company should build the cop shop?
Then, you have the state reviving the “Taxachusetts” slogan. Something called the Tax Fairness Commission has resuscitated the graduated income tax. How laughable can you get? Fairness? What a pile of BS. The whole idea is, once again, raise revenue. The machine needs money to run. At least the sales tax is not being raised - again.
Money is behind the various exotic gin mills being proposed across the state. Make money for profiteers and, of course, the money to feed the machine. What the Tax man, and woman, does not grab the pinky ringed casino crowd will. And, why stop with the gin mills? Step right up pot shops! As usual the connected get the licenses.
With pot licenses some of the money goes to drug programs. With casino money some will go to gambling programs. Seems rather strange.

30 comments:

Suo Mynona said...

How do you get residents of "Middleboro (which) is firmly entrenched at the bottom on most statistical categories - unemployment, college educated, median income….." the proper means to vote electronically? Nearly anyone can attend Town Meeting, or can cast a physical ballot vote. Maybe computers and tutorials can supplied with free cell phones? But that would not help people over 80. Also, it seems ripe for more fraud than calling out the troops/special interest folks

bogofree said...

Electronic voting at the famed TM. Other communities do it. Why not here?

The devices used are hand held and never leave the TM. The device usually has a yes, no and a redo - in case of accidental voting.

Several towns use it and more are considering it. The big issue is the cost. The one in Westboro is a $40,000 cost. Of course with the Middleboro turn out the cost may be a few hundred bucks.

The huge plus is the anonymity factor.

Hal Brown said...

I beg to differ on Middleboro (at least until I move to Portland, Oregon (the best city in the United States)>The average IQ is 140, the hip index is 10, there is no sales tax, no excise tax, and assisted suicide is legal). Middleboro is a wonderful place to live, and one of the nicest homes in south Middleboro is now for sale. It is on Tispaquin Street. It has 19 windows overlooking 20 acres of cranberry bogs. The open floor plan post and beam cathedral ceiling interior is inspirational.

bogofree said...

I agree on Portland, Hal. Was there several years ago and it was great. Easy ride from airport on rapid transit. Most of downtown is a free ride. Beautiful city....that is why it is the Rose Garden. And then comes the bike paths, nice museums's, great restaurants and a vibrant night life.

Hal Brown said...

Well, now that my house sold (on the market for four days) can I say what I really think about the downside of Middleboro? Maybe I should wait until June 1st and Alaska Air wisps me away...

Hal Brown said...

Just read The Enterprise article about the 2 ½ override for the PD bldg. renovation.. I won't be living here anymore on June 14 when the override vote will decide on the debt exclusion to fund the $12.7 million renovation of the police station. Okay, I admit I am curious about the outcome of this vote. If I'm not too busy becoming a Portlander, I may just tune to find out. I look forward to reading what you have to say about the results.

bogofree said...

Well, Hal, you know my blog is the ultimate resource. Forget FOX and MSNBC - mere posers.

The TM vote is a done deal. The house will be packed with supporters for a new cop shop - yeah....I'd feel real comfortable speaking out and then tooling about Mboro is my ywllow car. That meeting is a slam dunk. But the election just may be a different story.

The last override failed and maybe this one will join it.

Check in when you get out on the Oregon Trail.

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