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Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog about the recent sale of the Worcester Courthouse, and the battle between organized labor and the city as to who will be hired to turn the Courthouse into apartments. None of our normal contributors had an interest in this story but we kept getting messages about it. So we just had this guy, who has written for us before, write a guest blog about it because it appears to be a story of interest. It’s in response to Dianne Williamson’s column in the Telegram today, and I have no idea what he’s talking about. Maybe you do.
Oh Dianne… We were so good together too. Ever since your shoutout to Turtleboy when he was rising to fame you’ve been a favorite in the TBS community. I imagine you’re a turtle rider yourself. We are obviously very supportive of the WPD, we look past your ongoing battle with them, and to tell you the truth it’s kind of cute. It’s almost like when your girlfriend gets angry at someone else for the first time and you see that side of them. It’s either the most frightening experience in your life and you’re just thrilled it’s not on you or its kind of a turn on. You were almost the originator of hot takes here in Worcester, you were kind of edgy and agressive with your words. However this take here makes Carlo “never miss Matlock” Baldino look down right tropical.
We here at TBS are supportive of working people, people of Worcester, people who pay taxes and buy things. Today Dianne you attacked those people with lies and got on your stump because you know 2 things:
1) Most people have literally zero clue about the cities dealings and what the city council honestly does. It’s not their fault, it’s how our society is right now that most people are so burnt out by bad politicians that they truthfully don’t care anymore because they believe nothing will change.
2) You knew you could exploit #1 to grab some page views.
See this is what we here at TBS are accused of constantly. Except this time you actually did it. We’re accused of writing articles that people claim are racist etc. When in reality we just fire off hot takes like a 450lb man in a Porta potty at the Big E.
Dianne today in your column you attacked the city council and local labor and undoubtedly had every lunatic commenter that posts on the T&G praising your glory. A Klan meeting is more diverse than the commenters on the T&G website. If I ever meet Traveller (yes he spelt it wrong) or Independent Thinker I’d rather be stuck in Buffalo the rest of my life than spend 20 minutes talking to either.
The city council held up a deal with a contractor who is buying the old courthouse. My job requires me to enter into a lot of the buildings downtown, if we were butthurt over ever vacant building downtown we wouldn’t ever sit down again. The courthouse is in need of drastic repair. I agree. We should do everything in our power to get it off our hands. I agree. However at what point do we not sell our souls to make it happen.
The builder Brady Sullivan from New Hampshire is buying the building at 1.2 million. Great! They’re not seeking any public funding? Even better! Wait what?! Now I’m confused because your own paper wrote the day before they were seeking historic tax credits.
“You know full well that labor-friendly deals do nothing but jack up costs and restrict competition.”
Jack up costs? Is that T&G Commenter speak for paying a living wage?
Restrict competition? Wait since when is a union one company? Last time I checked there’s plenty of companies in the city that use union labor.
This may get boring but I’m going to be as quick and painless as possible. If Brady Sullivan is going to use laborers from out of the area why should the citizens of Worcester eat another historic tax credit if they don’t stand to benefit? You see, when local people do the job, where do they spend the money? Give you a hint it isn’t New Hampshire unless Blinks frydoe (yes it’s spelt that way) is having a 2 for 1 sale on Hampton Beach.
See this Dianne stimulates a little thing called the “economy” here in Worcester. They have an “economy” in New Hampshire too but our goal as a city is to benefit ours, not theirs. So let’s just say they don’t even use union labor but they source everyone or a lot of people locally, great! Money back into the Worcester economy not in New Hampshire’s. Let’s just say they use union labor though for shits and giggles, which “jacks up costs.” So now there’s more money to be spent. Where do you think those local union folk are going to spend their hard earned dollars barring a godless heathen like act of Blinks frydoe offering a 3 for 1 special. Yep you guessed it. WORCESTER.
So Dianne here’s the deal if they want historic tax credits, they have to benefit the city’s people, not their hillbilly jackamaroles from New Hampshire. If they don’t want credits that’s fine. But if the city bends over for every developer without benefitting their own you know what we’re left with? A bunch of new apartments and no one who can afford them.
In the words of the great Marlo Stanfield
Understand this isn’t about left vs right, conservative vs liberal, Democrat vs republican. This is about the residents of Worcester if we plan on supplementing a contractor from New Hampshire we should make sure it benefits the people paying for it.
So you just attacked the city council for protecting the citizens of Worcester’s economy and best interest. Congratulations Independent Thinker will be thrilled with you.
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