Only in Worcester

I was driving my kids around yesterday, and the van I’d borrowed had radio controls by one of the windows.

So, the two-year-old was in charge of the radio.

Every time the five-year-old was tired of a song (which seemed to be every thirty seconds), he would order the two-year-old to change the station.

After a few iterations of that, he asked the two-year-old to turn on Jordan Levy.

“Jordan Levy isn’t on until the afternoon, honey,” I said.

“But I want to listen to Jordan Levy!”, followed by another request for his brother to turn Jordan Levy on.

Let’s hope they’re not listening this afternoon.

Dueling City Council Coverage

Well, it looks like the Telegram is going to start using a liveblog tool for City Council that Daily Worcesteria has been using for months.

Now, I’m all for a bit of competition, and I’d like more coverage of the meeting, but liveblog chat of a City Council meeting calls for a limited audience. 

As I believe I’ve said before, a lot of the work of the Council is done in committee.  What we need is not another liveblog of the Council meeting, complete with peanut gallery; what we need is someone who explains why there was no discussion on the changes to voting policy that were brought up at the six-minute-long Municipal Operations committee meeting, especially since it’s been nine months since that committee met.

(As an aside, when I used CoverItLive to chat about the Tea Party rally, I found it a touch clunky.  On the WoMag chats, once you get in once, it allows you to continue posting.  Not so — as far as I could tell — in my limited use of the T&G chat.)

Update — a little bird told me that CoverItLive doesn’t cost a penny.

Pit Bull Ordinance: It Ain’t Working in Boston

In our last installment, we noted that the City of Boston has not been forthcoming in releasing statistics regarding how well (or, as seems to be the case, poorly) its pit bull ordinance is working.

The Boston Herald reported today on the Boston pit bull ordinance.  Among other things, they found that:

  • Over the past 6 years, 518 tickets have been issued (at $100 apiece) to owners who failed register or muzzle their pit bulls.  (So, about 100 tickets a year.)
  • Of those 518 tickets, 80% remain unpaid.
  • Many of the people who received a fine decided to “donate” their pit bulls to Boston Animal Control.
  • There were 25 pit bull attacks in 2006.
  • There were 46 pit bull attacks in 2008.
  • There were 30 pit bull attacks in 2009.

In short, irresponsible dog owners will continue to be irresponsible dog owners, though it’s unclear whether failing to register or muzzle a dog automatically means you’re irresponsible.  And, of course, the pit bull ordinance has done little to prevent bites in the City of Boston.

The Herald article, however, does raise an interesting point: would the WARL be able to accommodate the additional burden that a pit bull ordinance would bring? 

I don’t have a lot of time to write today, but I will write more soon about what this ordinance would mean for responsible pet owners like Tim Hart and Pam Toomey, and what activities we should be trying to encourage in pet owners (like spay/neuter).