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August 25, 2008



Hi Bill,
I dunno about you, but advocating people to go up to strangers and start asking them questions, isn't the smartest or safest idea, especially around some of the seedier parts of Somerville.


Great post, Bill. Tonight I'll go ask Galvin and O'Brien why they are attacking people on the bike path.

HL Menken

I don't know whether the first two posts here are meant to be funny. If so, they trivialize a grim reality and a profound insight. Americans are isolated from each other more than at any time in the nation's history. Many get their understanding of the world from their preferred brand of nonsense that masquerades as news. The result is the politics of hate. The center does not hold.

I don't think that there is any better way to begin healing the divides that separate us than to begin talking and listening to people who are different from us. We don't have to agree with each other to learn that the world is more complex than we thought and that other people's experiences are just as real as our own.

We might begin to find things that we share and can build on. And we might read less of the hateful and hurtful idiocy that shows up in posts to this blog and elsewhere.

The Journal sucks it

I'd like to see more citizen journalists out there in Somerville. They can balance the atrocious coverage of the city we get each week from the Somerville Journal and their roving pack of 21-year-old interns from Dayton, Ohio. The Journal was a solid local paper years ago when the Dole family owned and operated it. But today it is being run into the ground by acne-scarred punks who have no understanding of Somerville, its past or its people.

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