508 #92: Bald eagle

posted by Mike on November 13th, 2009

508 is a show about Worcester. This week Brendan Melican and Drew Wilson talk about a bald eagle.

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Also: Buddha Hut’s vegan meatballs a top 10, Saturday is a VegWorcester buffet, Stone Soup porch burned, Rosen’s Roundtable talks taxes, and Hermis Yanis starts a podcast after his radio show is “terminated.”

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  1. On November 13, 2009 at 14:56 Nicole said:

    I think both PILOT and the residential tax rate are on par with the city councilor 84% raise issue: something to throw to the voters of the city without any intelligent discussion and/or research done beforehand.

    I pay (residential) property tax in the City, and I totally support a single tax rate. That said, I haven’t heard enough about the Philadelphia Plan to comment one way or the other. From what I had heard, it sounded more along the lines of new construction rather than renting/buying existing properties (and perhaps fixing them). I think there are plenty of existing properties that I’d rather see occupied rather than new construction. (However, my opinion could totally change if someone were willing to get rid of that AT&T building downtown and put in something less monolithic.)

    Also, the proponents of PILOT really tick me off. (Not because I disagree with them, but because I get no sense that it’s being done in a coordinated, thoughtful way.) Has anyone done a study about how much (dollar-wise or resource-wise) the non-profits are using city services? Have we had a real discussion about the non-cash value some institutions (Clark University being chief among them) are providing the city? Have we talked about having a real discussion with the larger non-profits in the city — and not just the colleges, either — over the course of many months?

    I have a real problem with the “money for nothing and chicks for free” attitude that underlies both the PILOT and the dual tax questions. The residents of Worcester don’t want to have to give up certain city services, but they sure as heck don’t want to actually make a sacrifice to pay for them. Why should we give up the leaf collection by the road when we can just have Holy Cross pony up some PILOT money? I don’t want the library to have diminished hours, so why doesn’t a city business pay for it?

  2. On November 16, 2009 at 12:09 Nicole said:

    The poisoned-candy topic made me think of the O’Bryan case in Houston in the 1970s, where a father put cyanide in his son’s Pixie Stix to make it LOOK like it had been a sicko poisoning Halloween candy…so, he was relying on people’s knowledge of urban legends to cover up his crime.

  3. On November 16, 2009 at 21:16 Tracy said:

    Uh, Mike? Clinton was president in 1999 (and thus pardoned the turkey then).

  4. On November 16, 2009 at 22:23 Nicole said:

    @Tracy — it was ’89, so, Bush Senior.

  5. On November 17, 2009 at 09:02 Mike said:

    Wiki-P says the first pardon was 89, so GHWB, yes:

  6. On November 18, 2009 at 17:02 Worcesterite Wannabee said:

    This was sent by Kate Toomey via Facebook. I thouroughly enjoyed watching. What a great concept. Hope you’ll do one about the 10 year Warehouse Fire Anniversary. I will be sure to forward the link to others.

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