Somerville News Weekly’s Commentary Highlander on the Hill



As the years come and go and this city continues to change, it is amazing to those of us who have been around for more than 40 years that there are some holdouts – some things that will never change. These can be good, or bad, or even both – depending on your point of view.


One of the good things that never seems to change, but continues to evolve over the years is the old school ‘Villen pride of those who were born here or spent the majority of their lives here. This is one of those things that gets passed down from us to our kids, and then onto their kids. We find that sense of deep seeded community pride and appreciation for history/tradition very healthy. That is a very good thing indeed.


One of the bad things that never seems to change, but will hopefully pass away into the sunset someday is that sense of people being jealous of other people. The “haves” vs the “have nots” if you will – and the burning desire to not only step on others ambitions, but, to push it to the next level and attempt to drive them from the community using very unsavory tactics. This has been going on for so long, it’s embarrassing.


We might not be the most eloquent of folk, or have the same opinion about local, national and global issues, but, we are from here. We spent the majority of our lives here. Like others, we have a voice – and we just happen to have a newspaper. For some unknown reason that puts a bulls-eye on our backs, and we’re ok with that. Having people attack us personally using fake accounts on social media platforms, spreading complete fabrications in the community and stealing our newspaper boxes is taking that whole jealous thing to a whole new level.


We don’t want to play that kind of game, and we generally don’t – with exception of a few pot shots here and there, but, that’s been done in local newspapers for the better part of the last 50 years to be fair to everyone involved today. Trying to get along without being so concerned about what the other guy is doing is a good way to live – we invite others in the community to do the same. We don’t need to get along. We don’t need to even like each other. We should all try to mind our own business and worry about what we need to do to take care of our own business, our families and ourselves. Good luck.


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