And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’ But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’ And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall
These are the lyrics that end one of Bob Dylan’s powerful classic songs from the 1960’s.
They might as well be about what this city is facing as the Gaming Commission determines the future for Everett.
Twice in recent weeks, the mayor has appeared before the Revere City Council to discuss his plan for a digital billboard on the site of his donut establishment on Squire Road.
The sight of the Everett mayor representing himself before the Revere City Council inside the council chamber has created a bit of a stir in political circles in the beach city.
The mayor’s appearance in Revere at city hall to apparently rally councilors for their support for a business proposal yet to come is altogether unique, given the riskiness of appearing without an attorney at city hall to discuss the details.
According to officials in the Revere Building Department, the mayor has not yet filed any paperwork for a digital billboard.
“We have nothing on file yet on the matter,” said a Building Department of official on Monday morning.
Discussions with Revere officials reveal that the city is dead set against the erection of more billboards.
The mayor quoted in the Boston Globe this week as “loath to lose Wynn,” reveals an extraordinary lack of understanding about how one in such a position today could utter such a thing without permanently tarnishing himself.
To be clear: “Loath” means to be reluctant or unwilling.
We know, or at least we like to believe, he didn’t mean he loathed Steve Wynn leaving.
Again, we are left to wonder.
Such a statement soils his administration with a stain that cannot be removed.
Was Steve Wynn for all his gross and bizarre behavior – alleged rape, monumental serial acts of sexual harassment, payoffs to former employees who he allegedly made pregnant to keep them quiet – better than anyone else who may come along for the mayor?