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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


Blue Goo

I love our local newspaper, The Grafton News, it’s so much fun to read. Here is a typical letter to the Editor:

Blue Goo

‘Swirls & Scoops’ is a popular ice cream place in town that closes down for the winters and re-opens April 1st. The opening is a big event and a sure sign of spring in our small New England town. I’ll let you all know if Blue Goo makes a comeback. I know you all *need* to know!