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Goodman’s Gam

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This is going to be a new/old experience for all of us. I’m happy to be writing on the same website as Martie Mack. Martie is a longtime scalloper who also likes to fish. I have been impressed with his writing, though his photography is what stands out to me. Being intimately in touch with the harbors and waters surrounding Nantucket is why his pictures seem (and are) so very natural. I’ll attempt to keep up my end of the deal.

“Here and There” is now going to be written by others. This online column isn’t going to vary much from what I wrote for 13 years in H&T. “Here and There” has returned to a more homey style, while I tend to be less cuddly and warm. I always say that I throw bouquets and bricks, depending on the situation. Bouquets are my preference . . .Now for a brick.

Town government is once again in turmoil. The resignation of assistant town manager Malachy Rice, replete with his accusations of poor work by town counsel Paul DeRensis, is making me wonder who’s in the right. At least two of our Selectmen have diametrically different positions on the entire situation. I’d love to hear what town manager Libby Gibson has to say about this strange affair.

Mrs. Gibson is the person I trust when it comes down to running Nantucket government. BOS members have vested interests that I believe (in certain cases) have less to do with helping out island citizens than their own agendas. Libby has shown that her agenda is to further help the town and county succeed. I don’t always agree with her, but then that’s what a democracy is about.

At this point it’s a he said, he said contest. I don’t know who’s right or wrong in this tilt. Having met Malachy Rice twice, I couldn’t say he’s an acquaintance of mine. I do know Mr. DeRensis from having written about him and then trading e-mails and speaking to him concerning opinions we (don’t) share. Paul’s a nice guy, but as with the BOS members, his agenda isn’t necessarily identical with mine.

At last night’s BOS meeting, attorney Wayne Holmes asked the board to appoint a third party to look into the situation. The chair said that the board would be looking into it in a meeting this morning. That isn’t a third-party review, nor is it an acceptable answer to the question.

This whole episode is providing many of us something to talk about when the political season is normally at a standstill. I only wish that we were discussing who our next U.S. senator from the Bay State might be, rather than a screwed-up mess at the Town and County Building. Why don’t we let Libby Gibson run Nantucket?

I’ve begun spotting a lot of signs for yard sales and other similar projects posted on street signs and utility poles. This is visual pollution, not to mention it’s illegal. In some spots, the out-of-date signs are tattered and falling off in pieces. For those folks posting these signs, at the least you might go clean up your mess after the sale is over. This is one time that being an “early bird” is the right thing to do.

Returning from a trip to the dump this week I had a thought. A driver wasn’t paying attention and drifted onto my side of the road. Be careful driving at this time of year. The vehicle you almost hit is probably being driven by someone who knows you.

I received a couple of interesting Nantucket items via Google this past week. The first one was an offering for Branson’s (Missouri) Nantucket. This is a development situated on Table Rock Lake, a body of water I’ve heard of in largemouth bass fishing circles. One part of the ad makes the point that the place is only five minutes from the Branson Strip. That’s a place like a redneck Las Vegas Strip. It sounds a little strange to me.

On Thursday, Oct. 15th, beginning at noon at the Whaling Museum, Sarah Oktay will be featured at the Brown Bag Lunch. She’ll be speaking about “The Marine Mammal Stranding Program.” Sarah is always enlightening and will hold your attention about the natural world around us. Bring a sandwich, sit back and enjoy a speaker who is incredibly knowledgeable on this subject.

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Keenan. Last year I ran into him and it was obvious that he was ill. Bob was always in Hardy’s and ready to help out his customers. There were few days when I wasn’t in the store charging out supplies for work. He was always cheery and upbeat. When Hardy’s closed many people were devastated, partly because Bob and his employees were our friends.

Another person who was good to me was Dr. White. He was my original dentist on-island at his home/office “Tooth Acres.” Dr. White was impeccable and my teeth will never forget his ministrations.

Don’t forget the Cranberry Festival at the Milestone Bog on Saturday. It begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. The experience is free, but parking will set you back a mere $5.
– “Goodman’s Gam” will appear weekly on and monthly in The Inquirer and Mirror.

9 Responses to “Goodman’s Gam”

  1. Greg Garber Says:

    Best wishes with this new assignment, David! As someone who worked in municipal government for 11 years, three of those for Libby Gibson, I agree with your sentiments about the machinations of small-town government. Ironically, big-city government is not immune to the same flaws, at times.

    Cranberry Harvest (and fall fishing) was always my favorite time of year on island. Wish I was there this weekend…..

  2. Laura Says:

    Hello, David,
    Congrats on the new column. I’ve been a fan of yours since you gave me a huge Toblerone bar one holiday at the Inky.


  3. Chris Reid Says:

    David – please keep up the clear, critical view of what’s going on On-Island. While it is not our full time home, it is so very, very important to our lives.

    It sounds to me, by the way, that the town is really getting hosed by the Town Counsel.


  4. Jane Says:

    To David Goodman- I just received in the mail in New Jersey the Thursday, October 8, “Inquirer and Mirror” and read your excellent article. There is much in the news these days about the current health care system and its problems. Your story describing outstanding medical expertise and the superior care that you received is a tribute to the American health care system, which is still the BEST IN THE WORLD.

    Good luck and best health to you,

    Jane Tiger

  5. Thomas Says:

    Glad to hear you are better and will be writing your column again.
    From personal experience I know that after being released from the hospital one feels a new lease on life, an urge to live life to the fullest.
    Because you deal with words may I share something I learned from a recent “On Language” column in the Sunday NYTimes? “Words that look as if they mean one thing but mean another”-one of the examples-“enormity” which you use in your Oct 8 “I&M” column actually means great wickedness, a monsterous act, not enormous, as many of us may think.
    Take care of yourself and keep writing.

  6. David Goodman Says:

    Hi Thomas,
    I have the utmost respect for the “On Language” column, but my dictionary has the word “enormity” defined a bit differently. It says 1.outrageous character. 2.something outrageous, as an offense. 3.greatness of size or scope. Number 3. covers the size issue. **David**

  7. **David** Says:

    Laura, I’m happy that you liked the candy bar and are still following my drivel. To Jane. I do believe the US does have some of the finest medical facilities. Having said that, I’m spending a ridiculous amount of money for insurance and co-pays. I’d welcome some sort of help for average Americans. Having great insurance makes a difference when it comes to the degree of care one receives.

  8. Maureen Blitman Says:

    Dear David,
    I always read you columns and almost always like them.
    Good Health to you. It is great to have you back.

  9. **David** Says:

    Maureen, Thank you, it’s good to be back. **David**

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