The Pro-Override group is getting nervous. The Free Press published a letter today by Jen, Martha and company which most people won't buy. The majority of voters can't and/or won't support increasing their taxes. The distrust in government and how they spend our money is growing (even among democrats and independents) both locally and nationally. The financial recovery is slower than expected, the stock market is shaky, people have lost money in their retirement accounts and politicians/government workers demand benefits they don't deserve/earn...examples|: the Melrose BOA GIC/health benefits and The Boston City Council's outrageous salary increase expectation ( thanks Marty Walsh for saying NO ) come to mind....the questions regarding the timing and the integrity of the Melrose Override process will only increase as we approach the November election....
There is simply no validity in the override proposal. Those putting it forward have no credibility, especially in light of the newest revelations and major media coverage of the outrageous and illegal conduct of Melrose officials and administrators. Today's Boston Globe article about the finding of overt racism and the gross mismanagement by the superintendent and school committee should put the nail in the coffin for this override boondoggle and moreover, the entire administrative House of Cards looks to be tumbling down. No amount of spin will put this genie back in the bottle. It's an outrageous situation and demonstrates perfectly the systemic dysfunction in Melrose culture, that it took the federal government to find a "racially hostile" atmosphere in order that the community stop kowtowing to this bunch of morally bankrupt officials and administrators.
I do believe the analogy of a toppling House of Cards is a correct and fitting one. There surely must be more than "anxiety" in the 2nd floor and in Central Administration today--unless (as is entirely possible) the guilty ones are even more arrogant and contemptuous than can be imagined, and perhaps view this as just another "tempest in a teapot," as they typically try to spin all problems. Beyond the bad bosses, those who have so contemptuously supported them ought to be more than a bit nervous because the tentacles of this moral collapse will most certainly extend to them and their cozy little bubble of political patronage. As the House implodes the scapegoating will escalate. So will the rats leaving the sinking ship. Lots of great analogies apply to the current scenario. Melrose is in the midst of a crisis of its very soul, whether it chooses to face it or not. This one isn't optional. Just ask the Feds if you don't believe this.
The need for an Override is nonsense. Voting No!
My family needs our money to pay the water bill!
Witnessed the panic in the Executive Branch. He can't figure out how to make all this terrible stuff go away and then enforce mega-vindictiveness on his favorite foes. He must be stopped.
There really ought to be a write-in campaign for mayor now that the time for pulling papers is past.
How about Don Conn as Write-in for Mayor? Other suggestions? Even Micky Mouse would be in improvement, but seriously, if there are other credible candidates, now is the time. This House of Cards is crumbling before our eyes, and the worst hasn't even yet surfaced.
Hey Mayor - don't they have medication for ADD or OCD - please take your medication and save us from all your rantings! I remember when you were tolerable!