The sudden death of Everett’s popular Building Department chief James Soper comes as a tragic bit of news about a very nice guy, an honest man who did his job by the book but knew how to bend to make everything work here.
Across the board, people who knew Jimmy Soper said they liked him.
His colleagues inside the offices of the Building Department thought well of him.
The members of the various city boards he often appeared in front of liked him.
He was an easy guy to like.
He died of a massive heart attack, one of those things that just comes out of the blue and takes down the best of us without warning.
He was, to the end, a very physical type, playing ice hockey with much younger men.
Without more direct aid from the Federal government to Americans in the form of a second stimulus, many, many local residents and homeowners are going to lose their properties.
They’ve already lost their jobs and their unemployment benefits which run out in another month.
Without further federal aid, the future is looking dismal for this city’s most needy residents, and for the city itself. For those who were employed in the cleaning industry and at restaurants, there are very few opportunities for a new job.
Many, many families are running low on funds.
The lines for free food are longer than they were during the complete shutdown of the economy – another bad sign of things to come.
There is no easy way to highlight just how serious a moment we are at.
The Encore Boston Harbor Hotel and Casino has laid off more than 4,000 employees.