Darlene, we’ve got to stop meeting like this.
I can’t tell whether you’re Rose Tirella, Q’s best friend, or if you just hate Hall & Oates with a passion that rivals my husband’s.
In any event, please keep commenting, because I love writing whole posts as riffs off your comments.
To one of your comments — “So what’s the point of this rant?” — I believe that you mean this wonderfully well-written letter, and not this post, which is a reminder that I need to do more library tips.
“Do you think that anything you or anyone else says about this matter will influence any decision on what happens?” I believe I actually said in the aforementioned awesome letter that I didn’t think it would convince anyone but that I found writing the letter cathartic. Thanks for asking!
Now, if it’s a question of why to blog at all…Tracy and I were discussing blogging last week, and she said that her husband hears far fewer rants about educational policy now that she has a blog. Similarly, my husband doesn’t have to listen to me whispering sweet nothings about Mike Germain into his ear right before we go to bed. Now I write posts for the world to read, and instead I not only get feedback like yours, but I also receive one-sentence emails from my husband like, “Don’t you ever use spell-check?” and “Less, not fewer.”
In other words, blogging saves marriages. (Also, keeping thoughts like “If Albert Southwick were 60 years younger and could do major plumbing repairs, you’d have no shot with me” to yourself will add at least a year to any marriage.)
To your comment “It’s in the hands of lawyers… they’re a lot more savvy in such matters than any mis-informed and know-it-all blogger” — I will say this: one of my parents is an attorney, and one of my siblings is finishing the last year of law school. So, that makes me a lawyer twice removed. Or a know-it-all blogger. You decide.
And finally, “You and everyone else have to get over it. There’s more important things to worry about. Right?” No matter what the decision regarding One Montvale, I am sure that the City of Worcester will provide new examples of suckitude for me to continue to write about for weeks to come.
On a more serious note, thanks to everyone who has commented on my posts. I continue to be overwhelmed by the kindness, respect, and constructive criticism so many of you have shown me.