We need a more active citizen population in our city, don’t you think?
Let’s all get involved in what goes on in each of our neighborhoods.
This weekend, write a letter to your local newspaper. It’s at least a start. Then, next week, attend a local zoning board meeting or neighborhood association meeting.
Next spring, you can kick-off your run for City Councilor or … Mayor of Boston, 2009.
From this week’s South End News:
During a recent community meeting to discuss Boston University’s Biosafety Lab, a South End resident asked, “What is the worst case risk?” After years of discussion on the subject, how could anyone be unclear on the worst case risk?
It’s obvious what the ‘worst case risk’ is: The worst case risk is that an airborne virus is released into the area and hundreds, if not thousands, of residents are stricken ill and/or die (most likely, slowly and painfully). That’s the worst case risk. Does anyone not know that?
But, here’s the kicker. No one in our neighborhood really seems to care except a small group of obsessed residents (some of whom seem, honestly, to be a bit loony). The rest of us are going on with our lives, focused on concerns and problems a bit more important and/or relevant.
It’s entertaining to read each week about those opposed to the BioLab (yes, what would happen if insects escaped the lab and flew around the neighborhood and, yes, what would happen if a comet hit the South End?). But, as rational people, we understand the risk yet it just doesn’t matter.
Enough is enough.
Dear critics of the BioLab: You’ve had your say, and you’ve lost the fight. Now, let them build it, in peace!