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Nantucket voters showed up at the polls in decent numbers on Tuesday. I feel that we made good choices in our local sheriff’s race and again in our semi-local races for State House and Senate. I’m waiting to hear if Dan Wolf is going to come out and promise us a ticket in every pot. Tim Madden ran unopposed and to my mind that says he has done his job well.
Massachusetts voted to keep statewide office-holders where they are, affirming that the state may not be fiscally perfect, but things are looking brighter here than in other states. We’ve heard a lot of claims about what has taken place while Deval Patrick has occupied the corner office. It’s true he started out slowly and made a few dumb moves. Now he’s shown he can work with the legislature and unemployment is beginning to turn around.
Another win for the good guys is the election of Bill Keating over Jeff Perry, a compromised, retired cop. Mr. Perry has that mad Tea Party attitude that’s against, against, against most everything. Other than that, he has little to offer unless you were to count platitudes as a plan.
I was one of the registrars that helped residents at Our Island Home cast their absentee ballots last Monday. It amazes me to see our elders are still immersed in the political arena. Most of these folks at OIH are in their 80s and 90s, and I had the honor of helping a woman who is over 100 cast her ballot.
So, why are there so many people that are in their 20s and 30s who can’t get off their buns, get to Nantucket High School and then cast their ballot? This is reminiscent of going to Town Meeting and seeing a couple dozen 40-year-old (and younger) voters. People often say that they can’t be there to vote as they have children to take care of. To my mind, not coming out to help with how our government works won’t take care of your children, or their future.
Here is another great thing (among many others) taking place at Our Island Home. Kathy Duncombe spends hours and hours every week with many of the residents, helping to bring out their artistic abilities. One of the women hadn’t spent time painting in her youth (up until a month ago) and right off the bat showed she could be selling her work. It was superb!
Kathy’s endeavors show how much our elder citizens have to give. Plus, Kathy plays great music (modern) that her artists enjoy, along with coaching them in a friendly atmosphere. Another volunteer who spends her time making life cheerful for residents at 9 East Creek Road is the lovely Wendy Garrabrant.
A couple of weeks ago, I made a point of celebrating my new free shellfish permit. I finally realized the benefit of getting older. I had just had my first brush with it and the perks accompanying passing into my sixth decade. A week later, the town cerk and her two assistants assured me I’d missed another freebie. The street guide is now free as well. Am I missing anything else?
A mugging on Main Street? Say it not so. Why are people surprised this happened? Even in good places, there are going to be some jerks. And, we have both home-grown and imported bad eggs. It sounds as if these bozos have an IQ that is not (and never will be) in the three-digit range.
Temperatures this week have now managed to get down to early-winter levels. We’re now on the road to Thanksgiving and the Christmas Stroll. Maybe the Stroll will help some local businesses, though it appears that several eateries (that used to) are not going to open their doors over that weekend. Better make dinner reservations early, if you want to see and be seen.
Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 a.m. Before you go to bed that evening, set your clocks back an hour.
– Goodman’s Gam appears weekly in this space and periodically in The Inquirer and Mirror.