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  •  Patrick is the Governor of Boston (2+ / 0-)
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    Notreadytobenice, berkshireblue

    Massachusetts is a big state, and the travel ban was in effect in NW Mass before we had more than sporadic flurries.

    As a progressive I dislike the "nanny government" meme, but the governor just played the nanny.

    Progressive, Independent, Unitarian, Vermonter.

    by Opinionated Ed on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:56:18 AM PST

    •  "Governor of Boston" Made me laugh (8+ / 0-)

      "Massachusetts is a big state" Too Funny.
      Massachusetts may have big ones but we are not a big state.

    •  Patrick is the governor of the WHOLE of MA (10+ / 0-)

      not just Boston

      and he's not even in Boston right now

      he's in the MEMA bunker in Framingham

      MA isn't that big of a state. The bans went into effect at the time flurries were expected in general

      you seriously think the bans would be different from county to county?  and not until each county got "bad?" what utter chaos that would be

      Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

      by Clytemnestra on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 09:08:42 AM PST

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      •  that's something people in Western Mass. say (3+ / 0-)
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        lots of Republicons out there, and R-leaning "independents".

        people who choose to live in remote areas by definition don't want to be governed by what the people in cities do

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
        Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

        by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:14:48 AM PST

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        •  I know, I lived in "happy valley" for a year (10+ / 0-)

          heard the complaint from others as I stood in line at movie theaters

          about bust a gut laughing at them too since I was born and spent 29 years in Colorado and lived for a year in Kansas

          MA big state, my ass

          Patrick is only gov of Boston ... the whole state is 135 miles wide... and 113 in length  LOL  

          saying that it's big and the gov doesn't get it over in "this part of the state" is hilarious to someone coming from a state with a width of  280 miles and length of 380 miles (CO) or  417 miles in width and 211 in length (KS).

          really, they don't know how ridiculous they look and sound ... even tea baggers from Texas (790 miles x 773 miles) would bust a gut laughing

          Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

          by Clytemnestra on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:27:39 AM PST

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        •  and then they tend to percieve every situation (1+ / 0-)
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          from this viewpoint.

          Patrick could not know for sure how hard hit each area would be. The weatherfolks were saying so. Also this was the biggest storm hit he's had to deal with, maybe he didnt' get it perfect?
          they won't think of it that way though--only data they use to evaluate the entire situation it seems is how much snow is in their own yard.

      •  Weather in the Berkshires is VERY (1+ / 0-)
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        different than Boston. It hadn't even started snowing yesterday when the ban went into effect during the workday. Most people here didn't even know about it as it would be absurd for them to think they couldn't drive on clear dry roads. We also get much more snow on a regular basis than eastern MA-we have plenty of plows and not so many people. Even our town web site said yesterday that they doubted the Gov would ban travel here and we should just do what we usually do-stay off the roads until they're clear-we do that routinely, without government mandate.

        This morning was bright and sunny. Our roads were cleared and dry. Our sidewalks not so much. Much more dangerous for my kids to WALK to the college to play ball then for me to drive them. They were afraid I would get arrested while also questioning why there would be such a stupid "law". They knew they had to go to school on days with more snow than this. Hopefully our liberal family tradition will remain intact but I could see the budding of anti nanny state thought too. Government has power-it must use that power wisely and narrowly. Maybe this is a poor example. Not very important-so what if you can't drive for a day when it's perfectly OK to just because the government said "NO!". But it does make one think-what else can they government decide for you?

        "If you think you have it tough, read history books." Bill Maher

        by berkshireblue on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:39:08 AM PST

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    •  Have you ever looked at a map? (1+ / 0-)
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      Massachusets is not a big state. Maybe you feel big next to dinky little Rhode Island.

      Cogito, ergo Democrata.

      by Ahianne on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:28:59 PM PST

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