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Main Street musings as we watch the watchers
The U.S. Women’s Hockey Team may have shed a tear as they received their silver medals, but their success in being second best on the planet still represents a memorable and laudable Olympic effort. For them to train, practice, play, and succeed at the Olympic level is an amazing feat for which they as athletes – and we as Americans - should be proud.
Like the Zakim Bridge is to Boston, like the Kennedy Compound is to Hyannisport, and like the bridges are to Bourne, the lighthouse and nearby cape-style home at Nobska create an image that is an enduring symbol of Falmouth.
I try each day to focus on the solutions. I am most certainly a “glass half full” kind of guy. This approach to living each day pays great dividends in my work and interpersonal relationships, and enables me to look at the world through lens of possibilities, not problems.
Anthony J. D ‘Angelo, author of “Chicken Soup for the College Soul,” has a similar viewpoint. “Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems,” he noted to millions of our nation’s youth, espousing a philosophy of active optimism.
Think for a minute.
Try to think of someone you know – better yet someone you know and love – whose life has been touched by addiction. I bet it didn’t take long.
Some estimates suggest that as many as 25 million Americans suffer from ravages of the disease of addiction. If you estimate a moderate number of loved ones affected at three or four, that simple and powerful math points to over 100 million people impacted each day by the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
The public administration scholars speak of the public’s “insatiable appetite for services.” In today’s information-overloaded society, where citizens can make their approval (and more often their displeasure) known to decision makers at breakneck speeds, the ability of government to multi-task and respond is ever more important – and ever more challenging. The scope of the government’s responsibility to provide a wide range of activities, from technology to recreation, from education to public health, is constantly expanding and changing.
I sat in the Stockyard restaurant in Allston, simultaneously starstruck and eager to make my mark on history. Baseball history, Boston history, and the history of mankind, because all would be impacted by a Red Sox World Series win.
I was a freshman at BC, and a guy who lived on my floor had an aunt that was friendly with John McNamara, the manager of the improbable American League Champion Boston Red Sox and his wife. Knowing what a rabid fan I was of the Sox, he invited me to join him and his aunt for a private dinner with them.
The irony was not lost on me.
On the same day recently, as I surfed around the internet for the day’s news, I came upon two stories that highlighted the challenge – and the starkness – of the economic inequity in our society today.
I’ve often used the image of a mosaic to portray the value – and importance – of the diversity in our community. Just as a mosaic has tiles of various colors, shapes, brilliance and purpose, our town is a community because of our varied and diverse citizenry, each citizen providing their own tile to the Falmouth community mosaic.