Putting hats on wrongdoing doesn't make things better

By Maggie Trout | Jun 30, 2014
Photo by: Courier Publications

One wants to make things nice.  I thought that if I wrote a story about the lovely Merchant Showcase Lobster Festival ladies, (the arts component of the lobster festival being a Betty Kinney creation), doing so might take some of the sting out of the comment made yesterday, along with offering some testimony to the welcoming atmosphere of 2007 in Rockland.  A wish to banish the unconscionable.  It isn't always possible, and it isn't now.

The Editor considers the comment made in response to city of Rockland's mayoral appointments - that Rockland will continue to be a great place with or without yours truly, and one other, to be a "harsh," but not untoward response from a "good" person.  A day later, I can find nothing that would conscience it, nor feel unharmed, nor unthreatened by it.  This does not make for a "great town," "good" people, nor a sense of security.  Is this why so few speak out?  Is this the very thing they fear, as, isn't "community" what sustains us.

As we approach Independence Day, are we not to look, not to fireworks and picnics, but to celebrating the ability to dissent without fear of retribution.  I asked Professor Chomsky for objective input on the linguistics in all this.  Did my words not match my intention.  Did I misinterpret the comment.  His response was unanticipated and succinct:

"It’s the way power systems often operate when they are unconstrained."



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