Reality

The next time a moratorium is called for, can it please be for the phrase “perception vs. reality”?

http://twitter.com/#!/911Chief/status/169774407223492608

 
It’s not that Worcester’s not safe.

But going around reminding everyone about that after a few high-profile violent incidents doesn’t reassure people.

How about this for reality: We have no domestic violence unit and the FBI said our rape statistics were underreported.  But we always find time for the all-important prostitution stings!

How about this for reality: When was the last time you ever heard the Chief answer callers’ questions on a radio show?

How about this for reality: While the Chief mentions a (public) summit between the police and the media on Cape Cod, the WPD has been trying to negotiate with media — behind the scenes — to ensure that they are always portrayed in perfect light.  (One can only wonder how that is an improvement on the previous silent treatment the media outlets previously enjoyed.)

And if any of us have the perception that the Chief is more interested in creating more and more personal vendettas, well, we only have to look at the reality of his Twitter feed.

(I am going to try to write a more positive post very soon about ways the WPD could improve their online public relations, beyond learning what an ellipsis is.  Let me know if you have any suggestions!)

Speaking of cognitive dissonance

Richard Davey, head of MassDOT, as quoted in the Worcester Business Journal:

What we’ve proposed for the Worcester line, and all lines, are elimination of weekend service and elimination of service after 10 p.m. Juxtapose that with the commitment that we have to add more service to the Worcester line as a result of the CSX deal. We will still honor that commitment to add trains this fall, probably late fall.

(I read this and thought the part of the quote that was missing was “…but those trains won’t go anywhere.”)

Speaking as a former commuter to Boston, the trains (I think) they’re proposing to add (because there aren’t a lot of details) would be extensions of the local trains to and from Framingham.  I don’t see them adding any express trains — and those of us who remember a time when there were no station stops between Framingham and Worcester know that “express” is a relative term!

One and a half hours to and from Boston in the middle of the day is not an ideal situation.  And while it is better than nothing, it doesn’t help those who have reason to travel to Boston on a weekend.  Including those who have to work.

CWW: The Week in Free Classical Music

February 16/12:00 Noon
Bach Consort, Dr. Michelle Graveline, Artistic Director
Music of Handel, Corelli, and Bach
Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Assumption College

Friday February 17/7:30 PM
Seven Hills Symphony
Concerto Competition Winner(s)
Special Guests – Wauchusett Regional High School Orchestra
Mussorgsky, orch. Simpson: Pictures at an Exhibition
Wachusett Regional High School, Main St., Holden, Massachusetts

Saturday February 18/3:00 PM
WPI Concert band presents its annual Theme Concert, directed by Douglas Weeks.
Alden Memorial, WPI

Sunday February 19/3:00 PM
Karen Driscoll: “Women on Edge”
Acclaimed soprano Karen Driscoll joins forces with celebrated Worcester pianist Sima Kustanovich to present their inspiring concert of vocal music, including a variety of classical to contemporary repertoire from Haydn to Menotti based on women on the brink of love, madness and desperation
Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall, Clark University

Tuesday February 21/8:00 PM
Matthew Jaskot, Piano
Eight Études and Some Fantasies
Brooks Concert Hall, Holy Cross