Thank You, Governor Patrick

March 8, 2012
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Those of us who know Governor Patrick are always impressed with his ability to judge needs and then to go about the daunting task to fill them.

He has done just that on two important fronts for the low-income people of this city and for homeowners and apartment dwellers in dozens of bigger and smaller cities and towns just like it across the state.

By upping the amount of heating subsidy and by causing the utilities to ban shut-offs for an additional month, he has once again shown how much he cares about the poor and everyone else trying to stay ahead of the Grim Reaper – which is the outrageous price for heating fuel which is soaring.

Experts say there is nothing we can do to stop the rising price for oil.

That’s absolute rubbish.

The rising price for fuel oil is all about speculation and has little to nothing to do with consumption, supply or production.

The world is awash in oil yet we are experiencing an obscene rise in its price because of Wall Street speculators and commodity traders, both buyers and sellers.

We have written before and we will continue to insist that oil should be a utility, regulated by the state and kept at a price that allows the poor, the working poor, those out of work and all low income people to heat their homes during the New England winter.

The price for oil has risen to a place where it will shortly cost $1000 to fill-up an average oil tank in a residence once!

One tank of oil cannot be stretched out over a New England winter – not even during a warm New England winter  such as we have just experienced. Everyone using fossil fuels to heat their homes need a few fill-ups or even a half dozen fill-ups in order to keep their living quarters warm enough to live in.

The governor’s action isn’t panacea but it shows that he cares.

During his many visits to this city, he has revealed a lot about himself.

He is engaging. He is concerned. He pays attention to nearly everyone he speaks with.

This has not changed in recent months when he is no longer facing a political battle as he has said he will not be running again.

Lesser politicians would already be paying less attention to details and engaging with voters and looking at them as real time, real life human beings.

Not Deval Patrick.

He loves what he is doing.

He wants to make a difference.

It is important to him that he keeps up a pace that brings him in front of the people of this state in a meaningful way – and so it will go with this man until the last day he serves and says his final goodbyes.

He’s a very special man who wants very badly to make a very special impact.

We thank him for caring and for caring about human beings and for recognizing the human predicament in cities like ours.

  • Chelseaperson11

    When did low-income people become entitled to reduced
    heating bills?  If you live in a
    home and you cannot afford to heat it, you have several options.  1) You can’t afford to live there and
    you need to downsize to an apartment, condo or have roommates.  2) Cut-back on other goods and services
    like groceries (name brand) reduce gas usage, etc. 3) turn your thermostat down
    and wear a sweater.  4) If you
    can’t afford children, don’t have them

     

    List of benefits to low-income people:

    Section 8

    EBT

    Subsidized Heating

    SNAP

    WIC

    Charlie Tap Cards

    0% Tax Rate

    Probably more that I don’t know about

     

    List of benefits to me:

    Work 50 hours per week

    Pay 25% tax rate so others can heat their homes while my
    house is at 55-60

     

    The point is, everything in MA is subsidized for low-income
    people.   Where is the
    incentive to not be low-income?

     

    I came home from work today at 4:15pm, the house next to the
    funeral home with all the satellites dishes on Washington Street had 7 guys on
    the porch, laughing and drinking beers. 
    It looked like fun.  
    My income taxed at 25% helped these guys stay warm this winter so that
    they could drink on a Thursday mid afternoon and joke. 

     

    That’s reality.

     

    Last rant.  My
    friend who served two tours in Iraq came back from war and worked for National
    Grid installing gas meters.  He
    told me how appalled he was by how many people in Lawrence faked a child just
    so they wouldn’t have their heat shut off in the winter.  Summer came and they left and found a
    new apartment.

     

    The fall of Rome is nigh.

  • AllstonFella

     Wow. “Where is the incentive to not be low-income?” Are you serious?

    Do you know how many people would kill for the chance to work 50 hours a week? It’s not like people aspire to live in section 8 housing using the EBT system. If you think all low-income houses are full of people who are lazy and satisfied, then you’re either ignorant or you just don’t care. Likely both.

    And can I ask how you know that the 7 guys on that porch drinking beers were low-income? Perhaps they just looked poor? Perhaps you’re stereotyping? Perhaps you shouldn’t be complaining because your 25% tax rate indicates you make a fair amount of money? Just a thought…

    I’m like you, working 50-60 hours a week and paying my fair share of taxes but unlike you, I know that doesn’t give me the right to have a “holier than thou” attitude towards lower income individuals. People are struggling in these trying times.

    That’s reality.

    Next time, you should consider giving thanks for the things that you have that so many others are without in these trying times.


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