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  Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Yeah, I've got a gripe.
By Kevin Devlin


     Some things that people do annoy others.  sure they do.  It certainly bothers me to the point that I merely shake my head in disbelief.  So, I'd like to share my thoughts and frustations with you.  An, I intend to mention the concerns-the gripes-of others.

  • I don’t know about you, but this proposal to allocate funds for college tuition for the sons and daughters of “Illegal aliens” doesn’t make any sense. Their moms and dads are living in this country illegally and their kids get to go to college with assistance from the state, from the taxpayers. So, some illegal aliens get deported-especially the ones from Ireland-while others get to stay in the land of good and plenty and attend college for the donut? Something ain’t right here, but I just can’t seem to put my finger on it. Maybe the word outrageous could apply in this instance?
  • I always thought that when drivers see pedestrians in the crosswalks, that they must stop and allow the person to cross the street. Whatever you do in Southie, don’t ever start to walk assuming that the driver will do the right thing. Local resident nicknamed “Spukie” sees plenty of drivers along L Street everyday, and he knows better to proceed with utter caution. He told me that people zoom down L Street, talking on their cell phones, and could care less if they whether or not people are standing in the crosswalks. It really makes him mad because it happens all the time. People just don’t care about the safety of others. 
  • My wife Mary takes the bus to work on many occasions, and she doesn’t like what she sees. She feels that chivalry is dead on the MBTA. Guys, many young urban professionals who have settled in Southie may be smart, but manners, forget about it. She feels that they would rather trample you before allowing woman on the bus before them. And, as far as anyone of the opposite sex getting up to give a woman a seat, you can forget about that too. It ain’t happening. Only once in four years has my better half experienced this, a dead practice-a lost consideration-in this new millennium, me-generation society of ours. Yeah, no doubt, it’s sad but true, money and intelligence doesn’t necessarily translate into acting in a mannerly fashion. File that under go figure.

(Got a gripe? Send it in to SBOL)

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