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School vacation is coming up, and that means town will be even emptier than it has been this winter. I’ll hazard a guess that there will be fewer families traveling off-island, particularly those going on expensive southern sojourns. Trips to closer spots within a couple hours’ ride are more likely. What’s more important is families spending time together.
A recession that’s got us in its grasp has hurt most parts of our lives. The one benefit might be that it could help by pulling members of families closer to one another. I don’t recommend financial straits as a method for fixing what ails the modern household tribe, but it may be a way to begin the process.
This afternoon, I received an email from WBUR, the National Public Radio station in Boston. It was a report from an organization whose website is countyhealthrankings.org . They publish a set of rankings for counties around the U.S.. According to their research, Nantucket is the healthiest county in the Commonwealth.
They take a number of factors, including, among other things, smoking, teen pregnancy, binge drinking and poverty rates in order to reach their conclusions. I’d like to add another couple of reasons for the general good health here. We have a local hospital, unparalleled for a small community, stocked with some mighty fine doctors, nurses and technical staff. Another point in our favor is the island’s fresh, relatively unpolluted air. Nantucket is a less stressful place to live. If you don’t believe me, try living elsewhere. (For more on the study, pick up next week’s Inquirer and Mirror).
We now know the names of candidates for local elections, coming on April 13. This promises contests that may prove interesting, especially for the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board and Historic District Commission. Each of these races will pit incumbents against newcomers.
I like the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” As the BOS goes, there are some fixes in order, but ridding ourselves of the two incumbents now running would hurt the board. I’m looking forward to Meet the Candidates night, mainly to hear what some of the new candidates running for the HDC and Planning Board have to say.
The bigger election(s) are going to come in the sheriff’s race(s). We already have two Jims, two Mikes and a Bret saying they’re in the hunt. It appears there could be more people tossing their hat in the ring before the end of April.
In September comes the primary, which then leads to the general election in November. I’m hoping both fall frays are equally exciting. I can’t remember any election around here for a single office with as many qualified candidates. Nantucket voters deserve good choices for all local offices and this go-round should be outstanding!
There are a couple of local spots sporting neon signs (not kosher here) that aren’t actually in the window, but they’re placed so as to be viewed as one passes by. The one that is particularly bothersome is in the front of a bar/restaurant across from the Town Building.
This owner might not be breaking the law, but he is bending it beyond the limit. I know the gentleman contributes his space to many good causes, so it would be nice if he’d consider moving the offending sign away from the window area.
Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers report for spring training today. There’s a long way to go before the season begins, though this is our warning signal that there are only six weeks of winter left.
– Goodman’s Gam appears weekly in this space and regularly in The Inquirer and Mirror.