First one has to wonder what planet Mr. McMenemy lives on.
First, he's an editor of a paper based in a city (Fitchburg), that has a City Budget that is clean out kilter due to a conservative Mayor spending more on Police budget, and allowing the streets to be a potholed mess, and even more crime ridden than it was before Mylott became mayor.
Secondly, he speaks of Kohls, Macy's, and other highend stores. Problem is this. The average person from Fitchburg/Leominster that rents an apartment in either city, is not making enough money to afford spending in such a store. Either they are stealing from them, or they are making peanuts working for them for the Holidays, only to be on unemployment by January 1.
Those stealing from those stores, are doing so to sell the ill-gotten booty to be sold for drugs.
Mr. McMenemy also says people are moving in droves to the North Central Mass area. Funny thing is that actually people are moving away in droves from Massachusetts, with North Central Mass being the leader in mass exodus. Mr. McMenemy, the parsely with your meal is to be eaten...not smoked (and your editorial...you must be smokin' it!!)
Also, Fitchburg is laden with homeless people, who as fortunate people like Mr. McMenemy look upon and say..."gee whiz...look at those poor people...let em' eat cake."
Downtown Fitchburg attracting developers? I read this paper's website daily...haven't heard of such a thing. Whacked your head lately Mr. McMenemy??
New Restaurants? I was in the area a week ago...didn't see any new place to eat. Same ol' "Gag N'Puke" restaurants.
Bottom line: To write such a stupid editorial at a time of year, when people are trying to decide whether to eat or stay warm this winter, is really stupid. If this paper cannot figure this out, than Mr. McMenemy either an editor of a newspaper or a Minister of Propaganda for the Bush administration.
Keep dreaming Mr. McMenemy...keep dreamin!