…and the sides are taken

Posted: January 22, 2010 by datechguy in local stuff, opinion/news
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When I posted about Planned Parenthood coming to Fitchburg yesterday I wrote this:

The fight is now going to come here and the question is going to quickly become; what side are you on?

Well it didn’t take long for some on the City Counsel to decide:

“The City of Fitchburg is always complaining that we’re the social mecca of northern Worcester County. Do we really need another social service agency?” Councilor-at-large Thomas Conry asked.

State Rep. Stephen DiNatale signed on to the late-filed petition calling for a resolution, and said he planned to sit down with Planned Parenthood officials and explain to them why Fitchburg is not the right community for them to come to.

“It’s a blatant duplication of services. We have local agencies, with local people doing an outstanding job,” DiNatale said, following the City Council meeting.

“We do not need them on Main Street,” DiNatale said.

The most amazing statement on the subject was uttered by ward 5 Counselor Solomito in opposing the resolution:

“We shouldn’t prohibit anybody from coming here when we don’t know anything about them,”

We don’t? It’s not like they’ve been around for nearly a century, but if Joe wants to know perhaps he can ask Abby Johnson.

Johnson said she became involved with the clinic “to help women and … [do] the right thing.” The idea of increasing abortion numbers to increase revenue was repugnant to her. She said that ideally the facility’s director would provide “so much family planning and so much education that there is not a demand for abortion.”

But this ideal was not shared by the rest of Planned Parenthood, she said, because “abortion is the most lucrative part of Planned Parenthood’s operations.”

“With the family planning corporation really suffering,” Johnson said, “they depend on the abortion corporation to balance their budget, help get them out of the hole and help make income for the company.”

She continued, “They really wanted to increase the number of abortions so that they could increase their income.”

And a little history for the rest of them.

There is going to be a fight and it’s going to be big, as I’ve already said that this will give Catholics in town a place to re-direct their anger from church closings, but it is also going to animate the large evangelical community that has been growing in the area.

Meanwhile on the left I expect to see angry Coakley people using this fight as a place to vent.

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  5. The nephew says:

    Those available social services that the city council claims we have already in the city have surely done a great job. Fitchburg now ranks 7th in the state in teen pregnancies and is above the state average for HIV and AIDS per 100,000.

    I find it hard to believe that this city, the one who can’t keep its own street lights on, is against a revenue generating business on Main Street. I don’t see many businesses planning to open whenever I am driving down Main Street.

    “Ward 4 Councilor Kevin Starr said he wanted to see a strong plan from Planned Parenthood for dealing with foot traffic from clients, including ways to combat loitering on Main Street, which is in his ward.

    “I would hope that city officials take into strong account the feeling of Main Street business owners who are going to be abutting this,” Starr said.

    I am sure that businesses on Main Street like Espresso’s Pizza or Fitchburg Jade, will not mind the extra foot traffic and definate hunger cravings of pregnant females. I would have added other businesses but can’t for the life of me think of what else is on Main Street, what does that tell you?

    Also, is it just me, but I would think that foot traffic is one of the things prospective businesses look at when choosing a location for a business.

    Not to mention the 15 or so persons who will be employed at this Planned Parenthood location. That is 15, or whatever number it turns out to be, less people receiving unemployment or help from other social services.

    The real issue here is that in the last 20 years our neighborhood demographic has changed. The town has seen an influx of minority populations such as hispanics, latino and asian. Just driving around the city you can see the graffiti, pollution, abandoned houses, boarded up buildings, and low income housing. And all you can think about is welfare, food stamps, and hand outs.

    It is clear that our city representatives, who grew up in a different time or had family support in tough situations, never had to try to live a low-income lifestyle, struggling to feed a family, working multiple jobs to pay for housing, food, bills, clothes, etc.

    There is nothing wrong with social service organizations. Times have changed. The stay at home mom who raises the children and prepares dinner as the family waits for dad to come home isn’t the norm anymore. Parents now both work, teenagers are unsupervised and make poor non-adult decisions.

    Perhaps if the city did something to improve the way of life of its citizens such as services to get them more educated, which in turn would provide a more employable city, bringing more businesses to the city, which leads to more taxe revenue. All for the greater purpose of brighter street lights.

  6. Parents now both work, teenagers are unsupervised and make poor non-adult decisions.

    For heaven’s sake. My parents got married when they were in college, had my sister and then me shortly after, and divorced when I was still in diapers and I managed to not get knocked up in high school.

    My dad certainly worked long, long hours and sometimes sent us home by ourselves, but somehow, my sister and I didn’t turn into prosti-tots. I do remember these “family dinner” things that happened, like clockwork, every single night. I do remember all these rules in high school, like “Thou shalt play a sport every season [preferably varsity and yes, you are a freshman but you’re capable]” and “Thou shalt get all As and Bs, and, if thou gets a B or even an A, thou shalt have an ‘excellent’ for effort mark”.

    My parents might not have been married, but I didn’t have enough free time in high school to watch TV, let alone do drugs and have five kids with six different baby daddies.

    If it’s not the long hours, not the divorce, not the fact that there wasn’t a parent there after school… it must have been the actual values that help people to survive.

    The government, try as it may, cannot legislate those into existence (but can make it harder for families to be there). Planned Parenthood certainly isn’t handing out Irish-Catholic common sense along with the Pill.

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