Very brief summary of the situation on the Charles River and related
A long time activist posted on the facebook page looking for feeding assistance for the Charles River White Geese.
A new member of the page responded:
I hope they're not coming for dinner
Your editor’s attempted response, subject to problems in facebook:
At one point, the Pols were proposing to put them up in a “happy farm” managed by the MSPCA.
Marilyn Wellons inspected it. The water to be provided consisted of a tiny wading pool.
Persons wishing to “adopt” could “adopt” for any purpose including dinner.
If they were not “adopted” within a certain period of time, they would be killed.
The local state rep along with an MSPCA representative put a letter in the Cambridge Chronicle which sounded Oh great. It proposed “humane treatment” for the Charles River White Geese.
I posted a flier responding to the letter which described the situation and his letter and sarcastically called for “humane treatment” for the rep. He went on local cable saying I was proposing his assassination.
They had lived in a mile long habitatat centered on the BU Bridge.
Their food at Magazine Beach was taken from them by a bizarre wall of vegetation which blocks of Magazine Beach from the Charles River. Poisons are now being dumped on the banks of the Charles River to keep alive introduced grass which replaced healthy grass which survived the better part of a Century. Nearly all ground vegetation in the tiny area to which they have been confined has been destroyed by DCR agents.
Cambridge and the Department of Conservation and Recreation just destroyed acres of the essentially virgin and magnificent Alewife reservation near the MBTA’s Alewife station including perhaps thousands of magnificent trees and thousands of animals who could not get out of their way. The two claimed they were providing flood protection for North Cambridge, but they are protecting against the worst rainstorm every two years. The Alewife area has seen two fifty year storms in the last twenty years.
Directly across CambridgePark Drive and visible from this newly created strip mine is a massive parking lot which could readily be used for underground flood storage needed for the flood protection with office buildings built on air rights.
A good comment on the City of Cambridge came in the recent Civil Rights lawsuit, Monteiro v. Cambridge, in which the Appeals Court noted “ample evidence [of] outrageous actions”; the superior court judge called the behavior “reprehensible”, and the jury awarded $1.1 million in real damages and $3.5 million in PENAL damages.
The Cambridge Pols cannot understand why the Cambridge City Manager should be fired. All he did was destroy the life of this female department head in retaliation for her filing a civil rights complaint.