Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fun from the Snooze, and only in Government

A few interesting tidbits in the Salem News this now yesterday, morning.

First, a mother on Lafayette Street asked Salem Police to arrest her 15- and 16-year-old children, because she is unable to handle their bickering. Nice. Shockingly, "none of the children's fathers seemed to be involved, according to police."

Second, the news published a letter from Steve Pinto today yesterday. Interesting that now they're willing to print his exact words, with no twisting. Mission accomplished already, Nelson? Pinto's proposal deserves a full examination. I still disagree with his unwillingness to guarantee us some short term cost savings, but after having coffee with him recently, I have a much better idea where he's coming from on the issue. I think we'll see more public commentary from Councilor Pinto now that he's not in a political position. I look forward to it.

Anyone want to bet that Nelson creamed himself a little when he was able to add at the bottom of the letter, "(Editor's note: Steven Pinto is a former councilor-at-large in Salem.)?"

Finally, almost every time I see the name of Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley, I end up cringing at his seemingly asinine decisions. His most recent Mori-esque call is reducing the bail of a criminal who has jumped bail twice already, including last month. Feeley did this despite the fact that the accused recently received enough cash to post the now-lowered bail and disappear again. Apparently the term "flight risk" is foreign to Judge Feeley

There may be a reason that Feeley is known as Judge free-thee.


The MBTA is really a piece of work. Only a government entity would propose that they provide you with less than before, while charging you significantly more for it. That's what the new proposal from the T boils down to.

One scenario nearly eliminates all Salem bus service, and does eliminate any bus service north and west of Salem depot. The other scenario only reduces Salem bus service, while still eliminating any bus service north and of Salem. Service to the malls is eliminated in both proposals.

For you commuter rail users, both proposals eliminate weekend service completely, as well as any weekday service after 10 PM. You won't be using the commuter rail for Celtics, Bruins, or Red Sox games any more. I guess this would mean the end of the game day Patriots game as well.

In return for only being able to use the train 5 days instead of 7, and only until 10 PM. you'll see your monthly pass price increase from the current $163 per month, to either $219 or $234. Try that with your boss. Tell him to pay you 43% more, and you're going to take two days a week that you currently work off. Good luck with that.

No way these scenarios are specifically designed to create outrage and scare the crap out of users to get them to go after their elected officials for more state funding for the T, right? Worked the last time.

1 comment:

  1. you forgot to mention that the MBTA has nixed the enclosed, heated waiting area for Salem Station too...


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