Last year, I wrote about proposed usage taxes for automobiles being discussed by states around the country, including Massachusetts; but now the City of Boston wants in on the cash act. It is a horrible idea, no matter how well it works in London. Today's cities face incredible competition from the sprawl zones and quasi-urban areas around their beltways. True cities like Boston should be seeking ways to draw people into them, to make it easier and cheaper to get here.
Discouraging people from coming in will squeeze small businesses and large, forcing the small ones to close and the large ones to move out. Then, the only people here will be the rich ones who can afford the real estate in the good parts of town and the poor ones who can't afford to move from the bad parts of town. There will be no middle. Soon after that, the rich ones will move out, and Boston will be Detroit. So when the Mayor says this plan could help reduce congestion, he's right. Imposing that tax will turn Boston into a ghost town.
Oh, and if you believe the revenue would go into mass transit improvements, you don't know anything about Massachusetts. The money will go into pockets belonging to the politicians and their families, especially those cousins working for the MBTA.
And don't think you're safe because you live elsewhere. San Francisco is looking into such a tax, and it won't be long before the other granola cities out there do too.
The time to stop this thievery is now, before we have to dump the tea in the harbor to make our point.
Only Johnny Damon and his ex-wife, Angie, know the truth about their marriage, so I express no opinion about who is to blame for their divorce; but I know who is to blame for putting it in the public eye, for being a boor, for being selfish, and generally an asshole: Johnny Damon.
I have been married twice, so I know how hard marriage and divorce can be. And I know how bitter the feelings can be on both sides. But a father -no, a man- keeps his mouth shut about his ex-wife, the mother of his children, unless he is complimenting her for her mothering. A man doesn't impugn his ex-wife's character as a woman, as a wife, as a homemaker, as a professional. If he has negative thoughts, he shuts the hell up. Johnny Damon failed that test of inner character.
Johnny Damon is a weak man, not worthy of our respect.
Whenever I start to waver on my support for capital punishment, I read something like this account of a gang murder that reinforces my instinct on the topic: some people need to be killed to protect the rest of us. I wonder if Cambridge's well-known laissez faire attitude toward homelessness, and crime, deserves some of the blame for this girl's death.