The mayor has been patting himself on the back for calling off school as early as he did and then for closing city hall the same way. He has told others in government and in the local media which has allowed him to praise himself for his leadership, these were tough decisions for him but that he had to take them and that now he was pleased with his actions.
Wonderful. What leadership he has shown in this instance.
The mayor would have residents believe he acted with the wisdom and the decisiveness of a Franklin Roosevelt or a Harry Truman. He did indeed close the schools and city hall.
He acted on the school closings before he left for Aruba.
The closure of city hall was a decision he made in Aruba and that was enforced from Aruba.
Bottom line, the mayor went on vacation and telephoned his decisions from his hotel room or on his cell phone from the beach.
The American economy is at a standstill. Everyday we do not reopen for business, the hole we are digging ourselves into grows geometrically.
It is expected by the end of this week, approximately 20 million – 30 million men and women have lost their jobs and will be applying for unemployment.
Many thousands of men and women in Everett face the same stark reality of no job, no money coming in, no place to put their children so they can work and no work to be had because the marketplace for jobs has shut down.
Each week we are closed down those figures will jump dramatically.
At the same time, those infected are growing in greater numbers all over the state and the nation.
Deaths are rising dramatically. Hospital intakes are exploding. Hospitals across the nation are concerned, and rightly so, that they were not ready for this. Even here in Massachusetts hospitals are complaining about not being able to meet the crush that is upon us and which cannot be immediately stopped.
To its credit, the Everett Board of Health has been leading a heads up strategy of informing Everett residents of nearly everything they need to know about trying to avoid being contaminated.
The death over the weekend of Sal DiDomenico, the father of State Senator Sal DiDomenico, brings to an end the charmed life of a hard working and generous man who left this earth after spending a lifetime doing for others, and for his family, whom he loved.
Senator Sal wrote an impressive farewell to his father on his Facebook page – a long, passionate, personal message about his Dad that should be read. If you are a Facebook fan, go to the Senator Sal DiDomenico site and read it.
It reveals a side of Senator Sal’s humanity we do not ordinarily come in contact with.