Lawmakers – 1,000 Great Places Commission?!?! WTF!

(Perhaps they are going with the Who’s Who in Massachusetts approach.  You know those books that throw you in them so you’ll buy it for $150.00.  The only people who buy the books are the people in them.  See it’s nice you’re named one of a thousand.  Now you owe us $1000 for “promotion” and $5000 for a “historical marker” get it.  This could be a great idea. – promoted by EaBo Clipper)

http://www.boston.com/news/loc…

Can you think of 25 great places in Massachusetts? Probably. But how about 1,000?

State lawmakers say it can be done, and they want to establish a commission that would anoint 1,000 attractions across Massachusetts as official “Great Places.” Brainstorming has already produced some ideas.

What the heck is going on?  I thought we had an economic crisis?  I thought we had state senators being arrested.  I thought we had problems in the state and we had to tighten up our belt, and we waste time on this crap?

But just as the state budget gets larded up with pork, there would be something for everyone. A thousand is enough to give each of the state’s 351 towns nearly three great places. Put another way, there would be one great place in every 10 square miles of the state.

Unbelievable

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    1) Big Dig Tunnel – The largest public works project in history and the taxpayers of Massachusetts will be paying for it until 2056.  If you feel adventurous then take a chance driving through the ‘tunnel of death’.

    2) The Mass Turnpike Tolls – Go take a look at them now because you never know if they will be there next year.  Inside each booth sits a pension-hungry hack that collects on average about $75K per year for holding money in his/her hands.  Remember ‘No spitting on the quarters’.

    3) Governor’s office – Come and see the $14,000 curtains and count the hordes of people hired purely because they contributed to Deval Patrick’s gubernatorial campaign.  Come and see where Deval Patrick spent billions of dollars the state didn’t have.  Watch as he reverses spending cuts implemented by former Governor Mitt Romney.

    4) The Lowell Park Bench – Enjoy an afternoon reminiscing at the very location where state Senator James Marzilli groped and assaulted innocent young women.  Follow the historic Marzilli trail that lead to the parking garage where he was arrested in a partially lucid state.

    5) Take the Roxbury Bar Hop – Ride the Diane Wilkerson Bus that follows the path of ill-gotten liquor licenses around Roxbury, Massachusetts.  Most notable on the ride is a quick stop at the lingerie shop where she bought the famed ‘piggybank-bra’.

    6) Take the $7 Tobin Bridge Ride (coming soon) – Pay $7 and cross the bridge to Boston.  Nothing to see other than the long arm of the state reaching into your wallet.

    7) Visit Boston’s historic Parks – And see where the Boston Parks employees are supposed to be during the day earning their paycheck.  Then visit Moe’s Tavern where those workers can actually be found bending their elbows and faking back injuries.

    Massachusetts has so many places to see.  I can’t believe you don’t think there are a thousand.

  • nominate Hokum Rock in Dennis, MA.

    ….or maybe Scargo Tower (which is also the highest point in Dennis, MA)?

    What a freakin’ joke…..is there compensation for being on this commission?

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    To find the 1,000 new police that Deval Patrick promised.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

  •      Let me offer a serious suggestion.  Among my many roles, I serve as a member of the Dartmouth Historical Commission.  My town, much like the rest of the 351 municipalities in the Commonwealth, has a virtual treasure trove of historical places which deserve recognition and honor.  Here is my personal favorite.  Tragically, there has been some encroachment upon the historical site due to modern home building and some historically valuable remains may have been lost.  However, I would love to see a serious archaeological survey be conducted at the site.  There appears to be even more at the site that has not yet been explored.    

    We recently obtained the deed to the Russell Garrison in South Dartmouth.  Not surprisingly, it rests near Russell’s Mills Road.  Russell Garrison saw action during King Philip’s War from 1675-1676 in order to provide a place of refuge for the colonists from the Wampanoag warriors.  Please note that the site was backfilled years ago for the sake of safety and rather extensive archaeological remains exist underground.  Furthermore, it is one of the very few – if not the only – garrison with substantial remains still in existence.  

        Ironically, I spent years and years trying to find the location of this historical site after I first learned about it in the 7th grade.  It turns out that I live within walking distance.  In fact, I just live on the other side of the Apponogansett Harbor and that’s notable since “my” bank appears to have been Wampanoag territory whereas just a stone’s throw away was that of the colonists.  As an aside, it appears that my neighborhood was once the farmland of Capt. David L. Gifford, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner for his actions during the Civil War.

    The dedication plaque reads:

    THE RUSSELL GARRISON

    A PLACE OF REFUGE FOR THE

    EARLY SETTLERS OF DARTMOUTH DURING

    KING PHILIP’S WAR

    1675-1676

    FOUNDATIONS RESTORED BY THE

    DARTMOUTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY

    1951