Crime Doesn’t Pay
I don’t usually read the newspaper (or watch TV), but I’m glad I got hold of the November 14 Globe Magazine and read “The Long, Strange, Twisting Case of Frances Carriere’s Murder,” by Charles P. Pierce. I hope a lot of people read it, including those who are plotting to commit a perfect crime. The criminals have big egos and pride and can’t help talking about their “accomplishments.” What goes around comes around. Thanks for informing us.
I’m a retired professional firefighter from Weymouth, one of the communities mentioned in Jay Atkinson’s article about shrinking fire departments (“Burn Rate,” November 14). The subject is probably the state’s most important safety issue. I understand that money always seems to be the problem. I also understand that many people, especially those who voted for Proposition 2½, have other priorities. They say they aren’t worried because Quincy, Braintree, and Hingham are always there to help. I tell them they’re dreaming. Those communities, like others throughout Massachusetts, face the same issues. I urge the governor and Legislature to look seriously at providing special funding so that all communities can be protected.
Someday someone is going to write an objective story about the status of public safety vs. staffing levels in municipal fire departments. The majority of calls responded to by Weymouth firefighters are emergency medical calls – not fires. Clearly, due to better building codes, alarm systems, sprinklers, etc., the number and severity of fires have diminished. However, firefighting jobs are still “good” jobs that are often held by men who have other jobs providing a good “second” income. Someone has to connect the dots as to why so many firefighters are out injured or sick when they fight so few fires. Certainly, all communities need people who are trained to fight fires or respond to disasters. But to pretend we should continue to employ firefighters at the staffing levels we did in 1970 is an irresponsible use of taxpayer funds.
Miss Conduct’s response to N.L. of Boston (November 14) was the kick in the pants he/she needed about a birthday party welcome. As my dad used to say, “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” and N.L. seemed to spend more time fuming about not being greeted than enjoying the party. As Miss Conduct pointed out, what example was N.L. setting for the children? It’s critical that we teach our children (and any adults who may learn by our example) the basic skills of humanity.
Miss Conduct had the “entitlement” issue all wrong. It was the hosts who seemed to feel entitled. They’d sent the invitations and ordered the cake – now they wanted to relax and have fun. The least the hosts could have done was greet the guests and make them comfortable. Many young people need lots of reminders. The more we support their thoughtlessness, the worse they’ll behave. Miss Conduct shouldn’t make it easy for them.
The “entitlement” started with the rude hosts. Their disregard for a guest “reeks of entitlement,” as in “Let’s invite people we won’t even acknowledge so our precious can get loot.” That said, the guest should learn what bozos the parents are and move on.
Chip Underhill/Merrimack, New Hampshire