Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 383, Who will be the Last Goose to Die?, Exchange with Governor's Office

1. Day 383.
2. Who will be the Last Goose to Die?
3. Response to "Last Goose to Die."
4. Comment to the Governor.
5. Reply From the Governor.
6. Individual Reply from Governor's Office.

Bob La Trémouille reports.

1. Day 383.

During the rush hour on Monday, September 28, 2009, I did a visibility at the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese.

It was a busy early evening because a lot of people were walking across the BU Bridge to go to the Red Sox game. I did a lot more talking than usual. I saw some old friends I have previously seen on prior extended visibilities.

One lady in particular was very concerned. She regularly comes to feed the Charles River White Geese and was shocked to see what had been done to them. She left in the direction of Brookline.

Another man commented what was also apparent to me: that the gaggle seems to have decreased in size.

A very, very bad situation.

2. Who will be the Last Goose to Die?

Archie Mazmanian, who lives just south of the BU Bridge in Brookline and who perhaps is a neighbor of the lady who said that she has been regularly feeding, reports:


If names could be assigned to each of the dwindling Charles River White Geese, they could be identified by name as they die. Which brings us to the title of this post. The responsible government officials continue NOT to take steps to prevent the annihilation of the White Geese.

3. Response to "Last Goose to Die."

Bob’s Response: The claim of no duty to behave responsibly as the DCR and Cambridge destroy, destroy and destroy says everything. That plus the repeated lying.

What lying?

Well how about the Globe article in which the DCR said they were destroying nothing but diseased trees?

The DCR's filing with the Cambridge Conservation Commission says that almost all the trees to be destroyed are healthy.

If Massachusetts had a responsible governor, the person making that statement would be summarily fired.

And this outrage is part of a continuous pattern, not something unusual.

Cambridge and the state pols know that decent people would condemn them. So they lie.

4. Comment to the Governor.

I have just posted the preceding section to the governor on his email form at : http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=gov3utilities&sid=Agov3&U=Agov3_contact_us.

I used the following title: “Contempt for Ethics and for the Environment.”

With the following introduction:

“The following is taken from the Charles River White Geese Blog, today.”

5. Reply From the Governor.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with Governor Patrick. The Governor values your opinions and enjoys hearing from people across the Commonwealth. Please know that your views are always welcome in this administration.

The Governor and his staff strive to review every piece of correspondence in a timely manner. If appropriate, we will forward your message to the appropriate staff member, department or the state agency that can best address your concerns.

If you need an immediate response, please call the Governor's Office at 617-725-4005 to speak with a Constituent Services Aide. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your ideas with Governor Patrick. Stay involved and engaged...this is your government!

6. Individual Reply from Governor's Office.

Section 5 was added to the original report. This is subsequently added.

I have received the following from "Governor Patrick's Office" Gov.Webmail@state.ma.us> with a time stamp of 2:31 pm, September 29, 2009.

After the MANY comments I have posted on the governor's email page, this is the very first time I have received an individual response.


Dear Robert J.,

On behalf of Governor Deval Patrick, thank you for your recent email regarding the Charles River Geese. We have shared your concerns with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Please feel free to contact our office in the future with any further questions or concerns; your comments are always welcome in this administration.

Best regards,

Constituent Services Aide




As I have reported earlier, we have been aware of environmental regulator types looking at the destroyed meadow, whether they have any knowledge of the flat out lies put out by the DCR to the Boston Globe is impossible to say.