I wonder to what public benefit Cambridge and Somerville will put their extra bonus cash windfalls.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the insane polarization of the issue, since obviously only One Side can be right and The Other Side has to be totally at fault, and the mere concept that a combination of factors or facets or "sides" can all contribute to a kerfuffle is completely insane. And I shouldn't be surprised that, once again, the 9/11 Boogeyman is invoked rhetorically in the name of continued polarization. The World Trade Center is our era's Alamo. It's our USS Maine. We're told it's our reason to still hide in fear, to still be suspicious of "swarthy-looking foreigners" (who were last seen as nebulous bad guys and thugs in Tom Swift novels) and to rationalize and excuse any policy or military campaign, no matter how preposterous, made by Our Protective Leaders.
It's our goddamn albatross necklace. And now I've got a foot stuck in this soapbox! Darn flimsy wooden slats.
Now there's negativity going on here, so I'll offset that with some neat news. Davis Square's own Ron Newman was featured in the Metro today, showing off his collection of discarded Charlie Tickets with value still on 'em. Apparently folks don't know that if your paper ticket has money on it but not enough for a full fare, you can put more money on the ticket and take your ride, so they're just dropping these tickets with cash value still left on 'em. That's throwing money away! I'm sure the T loves this little misconception and is in no hurry to correct people, but Ron's collected up over $50 in discarded tickets, and is planning on giving the money to a local charity.
Now that's something good going on in Our Fair City.