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From the Mayor's Desk: Rome Faces Shutdown

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
3/3/2014 12:30:16 PM
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Re: Boston and St Patrick
Toby, Thanks for a great comment. I am with you 100% here. As far as I'm concerned, this is a battle the parade organizers are certain to lose in the end, so trying to stand their ground on this one is only making them look intolerant and ridiculous.

Toby
Toby  
3/3/2014 8:33:56 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Boston and St Patrick
Not sure I really understand the whole LBGT thing with the Parade organizers, after all the Catholic church has had to acknowledge all sorts of things within the ranks lately, something as mainstream as a little LBGT inclusivity would do wonders to restore faith in that institution and the parade fathers too...who seem to be always ready to paint themseleves into a green corner, shamrocks waving. As an Irishman I resent the idea these bigots represent anything Irish in thier attitudes. After all there are many very openly famous gay Irishmen and women. Who will give them a parade?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/28/2014 4:52:23 PM
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Re: Good for Boston
I, too, am encouraged by what we've seen from Walsh so far, PeterJ... it's certainly not easy to fill Menino's shoes. Good for Walsh, and I hope he only keeps up the momentum.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/28/2014 4:50:11 PM
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Re: Shutdown? Been there, done that
Hi Amy,

I was actually thinking of you when I saw this story. Fortunately, it looks like Rome will narrowly avoid a shutdown. Italy has approved "an emergency decree to bail out Rome city council," according to Reuters. So city services will, indeed, carry on next week -- but whether or not this "bailout," as the Italian government is calling it, will be enough to stave off a similar crisis in the future is uncertain...

Nevertheless, the fact that the city won't shut down next week is good news. It still mortifies me that we went through that at all here in the US...

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
2/28/2014 1:18:48 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Shutdown? Been there, done that
What is the path out for Rome, Nicole? There are some parallels to the US government shutdown, but also some divergences. 

When the federal government shut down the better part of THIS capital city, Washington, to say nothing of all the federal workers across the US and around the world, it was the Congress that had to get past its own obstructionists and find the common ground to release the funds to re-open the government. 

If workers are furloughed and federal (later city) services shut, as we saw firsthand for two weeks here in DC, I like to imagine the Roman Everyman and Everywoman will rise up, march on the Parliament and yell a lot. What other course of action is available to them?

I felt incredibly helpless those two weeks, as I am married to a civil servant and our household income deeply felt the effects of his missing pay. We had been making all sorts of contingency plans when the standoff ended. 

bulk
bulk  
2/28/2014 10:49:36 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good for Boston
@Peter, No doubt that Menino was loved, he did a lot of good things for the city. Walsh has some big shoes to fill but it looks like he has the ideas to lay the foundation, but can he build on it. Boston can be harsh for those in the political game. 

PeterJ
PeterJ  
2/28/2014 10:00:03 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good for Boston
Nicole, I've been impressed with his first couple of months, too, and he is making a bonafide effort to reach out to communities on policing, violence, education, etc. Boston loved long-time Mayor Menino, but Mayor Walsh has come out of the gate looking good.

bulk
bulk  
2/28/2014 9:50:44 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good for Boston
Nicole, 

I saw those comments as well, its sad. But even a historic city like Boston can not live in the past forever, I just hope change happens sooner rather than later. 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/28/2014 9:33:03 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Good for Boston
Hey @bulk: I, too, was encouraged by the Boston mayor supporting equality here; and I wasn't aware that Tom Menino had been boycotting the parade since the mid-90s, which is really laudable.

Unfortunately, though, based on comments from the parade organizers in that Boston Globe article I linked to, I don't think they'll be changing the rules this year...

bulk
bulk  
2/28/2014 7:48:15 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Good for Boston
Cheers to the Boston Mayor for doing the right things and supporting equality! I know as a city its reputation can be a bit unrefined at times, Its nice to see them rise above some things and do whats right! 

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