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Bush declares emergency in icy Massachusetts

A severe ice storm prompted President Bush to declare Saturday that a state of emergency exists in northern Massachusetts, a move that authorizes the use of federal aid to help the recovery effort.

Gov. Deval Patrick declared a statewide state of emergency on Friday in response to the storm, which struck Thursday and continued into Saturday.

By Saturday night, there were 180,000 customers without power, said James Mannion, deputy public information officer for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

In addition, 750 National Guard troops were deployed in the affected area, he said.

“The big problems here are, obviously, the power outages,” he said.

Officials were working to clear roads so that power crews could get in.

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Below is a photo of my sister’s driveway.  We were spared the ice here in Grafton as the temperature hovered just above freezing.  But folks north and west of us were not so lucky.  We had 3 friends stay with us Friday night and my sister and brother-in-law stayed over last night.


National Day of Mourning

This monument stands on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Cole’s Hill overlooks Plymouth Rock and the waterfront. Every Thanksgiving since 1970, Native people and supporters gather at 12 noon on Cole’s Hill for a “Day of Mourning”. This is a solemn day in mourning of their ancestors, the genocide of their people and the theft of their lands.

National Day of Mourning monument, Plymouth, MA

Plaque reads; “Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture. Participants in the National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native people to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.”

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and celebrate all the things we have to be thankful for, but I think it’s also important to remember the true history of Thanksgiving.


Massachusetts Proposal Would Repeal Income Tax

New York Times Article
Published: September 27, 2008
By Pam Belluck
Read Article: Massachusetts Proposal Would Repeal Income Tax
Grafton, MA

I had no idea such a stupid question would be on the ballot in November! Boy, I wish I was picking up a pizza when they were interviewing, I would have given them an earful, LOL! I remember people at the Stop and Shop hounding shoppers as they left the store to sign this petition.
I said, “no way!”
The petition lady said, “you don’t want less taxes?”
I said with a smile, “that’s right; I’m a liberal.” 🙂
You should have seen the dirty look she gave me. But then everyone else they asked was signing the thing. Less taxes? Ya, that sounds good to me, Duh! It’s very easy to get ignorant people to sign something like this. You know, smaller government and less taxes always sounds fine and dandy, unless you happen to need help, want good schools, decent roads, etc. And of course, nothing will turn a republican into a democrat faster than a disability.

Plus, the state will just get the money somewhere else, like real estate taxes. We will pay one way or another. I’d rather have an income tax then higher property taxes. I’m sure that retired elderly folks on fixed incomes will agree.

Massachusetts Voters: VOTE “NO” on Question 1

Vote No to question one