The View From Prospect Hill – May 22

On May 22, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Congratulations to the mayor for standing up and speaking out last week against the vicious hate speech that has been uttered in and around our community of late.

As he so ably indicated, there is no place in a civil society for this kind of mean spirited behavior, and every single right thinking person should likewise stand up for those whose personal lives are not fair game for this senseless bashing.

In a time when bullying in general has come to the fore as a serious social issue, it is saddening that we must turn our attention to this particular brand of bigotry and abuse. But when we witness such barbarity we must deal with it accordingly.

The mayor did just that as he called the perpetrators on their misbehavior. Those who would label and belittle are wielding a sword that can be turned against they themselves, and shall be in the fullness of time.

Alderman O’Keefe, meantime, held the high ground and handled the situation with grace and tolerance. She has already proven herself to be a boon to her ward and the city as a whole. We are indeed fortunate that she has stepped up and agreed to serve us, as undeserving as a few may be.

When bipartisanship is a hard fought for and fleeting thing to achieve, as it seems to be these days, it is especially vexing to have this sort of nonsense muddying the process.

May this ugly incident serve to inspire us all to greater understanding of one another, and may we move on to the important matters that lay ahead of us. Enough said.


5 Responses to “The View From Prospect Hill – May 22”

  1. Ward3 says:

    Am I the only person reading this that finds the article just a bit ironic?

    “Those who would label and belittle are wielding a sword that can be turned against they themselves, and shall be in the fullness of time”…really? you just can’t make this stuff up!

  2. Laura says:


  3. Harry says:

    This was one of the funnier “View” postings in a while. I can almost see Daniel Webster rolling in his grave.

    On the main point (or pint in this case), my understanding is that this is a case of hearsay. No one walked up to O’Keefe with spittle flying out of their mouths and said …yada, yada yada. It was someone *may* – may – have overheard someone say stuff and then reported it to someone else… and so on. Please correct if I’m wrong.

    and if it is this way then God help us as the new Political Correctness (PC) gestapo have gotten completely out of hand. As far as I know we still have a 1st amendment. We may not like some people’s opinions, but they have a right to their opinions and unless they’re threatening violence then they have a right to voice those opinions.

  4. Jeff says:

    I know Court and would not dare say something to her face.

    “On the main point (or pint in this case)” — Harry you are an ass

  5. Harry says:

    Jeff! What are you insinuating by saying no one would say that to her face??? You have just insulted “Court”!!! Go to your room and sit in the corner or the mayor will give you a spanking.

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