Lipstick on a pig

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Lipstick on a pig

(DTG: We wel­come UnCom­mon­Cents the first of our “vil­lagers” with this post Vil­lagers will write on local top­ics to the cities & towns in the area where I live.)

By UnCom­mon­Cents

I’m a res­i­dent of Fitch­burg Mass­a­chu­setts and like many I make an effort to avoid the down­town area as much as pos­si­ble. Being a hus­band, a father, a home­owner and a law-​abiding tax pay­ing cit­i­zen, my time is spent jug­gling all these bless­ings and need­less to say time is of the essence.

Last Sun­day was dif­fer­ent , I had some busi­ness at the fire depart­ments head­quar­ters down­town and after­wards I had the rare oppor­tu­nity to drive and “smell the roses” so to speak. I made my way down main street and noticed all the vacant store­fronts. Nearly half of all busi­nesses are gone! There are mas­sive aban­doned build­ings with ply­wood where win­dows once stood. I thought to myself this used to be a thriv­ing city and now it resem­bles Detroit! As I con­tin­ued I came to another build­ing that’s been dec­o­rated with ban­ners and flags and I real­ized it was the CON­DEMNED CITY HALL.

The ban­ners and flags placed there are to mark the 250 anniver­sary of the City of Fitch­burg. The heart of every city/​town is dis­played on “main street”. Con­sider it a tro­phy of achieve­ment or in this case the lack there of! Fitch­burg, a city that was once thriv­ing with a busy main street, a place that was once SAFE to walk with your fam­ily and loved ones is now nearly aban­doned and condemned!

This begs the ques­tion HOW? Just look into the mir­ror and you’ll see why and how. It has noth­ing to do with par­ti­san pol­i­tics aka demo­c­rat or repub­li­can, it has every­thing to do with the indi­vid­u­als WE elect into pub­lic office and if they have OUR best inter­est. The major­ity seek office for their OWN inter­est whether it be to fur­ther their party’s agenda or use it as a step­ping stone for a higher posi­tion. If you want to see how well our elected offi­cials are rep­re­sent­ing their con­stituents (we the TAX­PAY­ERS) just drive down Main street. Politi­cians can manip­u­late num­bers, the media can deceive but nei­ther one can alter REALITY!

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It’s a new week with a slight change to our goal.

With the first of our Vil­lagers writ­ing today this brings the num­ber of paid writ­ers here to 9 thus our new weekly goal to pay the mort­gage and the writ­ers is $350.

As we were short by $185 last week a five dol­lar higher goal might seem counter intu­itive but given the record of the last three months and the last year I have faith that the read­ers will not only help us make the higher goal for this week 15 read­ers at $25 will do it

But will help make up last week’s short­fall to keep the monthly tar­get in play

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Your tip jar hit can help me do this. Please con­sider kick­ing in.

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If you sub­scribe at the $25 level or more there is a new pre­mium that you can receive one of sev­eral Exclu­sive Orig­i­nal Chris Muir high Res Graph­ics of the orig­i­nal mem­bers of DaTechGuy’s Mag­nif­i­cent Seven Gang.


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(DTG:  We welcome UnCommonCents the first of our “villagers” with this post Villagers will write on local topics to the cities & towns in the  area where I live.)

By UnCommonCents

I’m a resident of Fitchburg Massachusetts and like many I make an effort to avoid the downtown area as much as possible. Being a husband, a father, a homeowner and a law-abiding tax paying citizen, my time is spent juggling all these blessings and needless to say time is of the essence.

Last Sunday was different , I had some business at the fire departments headquarters downtown and afterwards I had the rare opportunity to drive and “smell the roses” so to speak. I made my way down main street and noticed all the vacant storefronts. Nearly half of all businesses are gone! There are massive abandoned buildings with plywood where windows once stood. I thought to myself this used to be a thriving city and now it resembles Detroit! As I continued I came to another building that’s been decorated with banners and flags and I realized it was the CONDEMNED CITY HALL.

The banners and flags placed there are to mark the 250 anniversary of the City of Fitchburg. The heart of every city/town is displayed on “main street”. Consider it a trophy of achievement or in this case the lack there of!  Fitchburg, a city that was once thriving with a busy main street, a place that was once SAFE to walk with your family  and loved ones is now nearly abandoned and condemned!

This begs the question HOW? Just look into the mirror and you’ll see why and how. It has nothing to do with partisan politics aka democrat or republican, it has everything to do with the individuals WE elect into public office and if they have OUR best interest. The majority seek office for their OWN interest whether it be to further their party’s agenda or use it as a stepping stone for a higher position. If you want to see how well our elected officials are representing their constituents (we the TAXPAYERS) just drive down Main street. Politicians can manipulate numbers, the media can deceive but neither one can alter REALITY!

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s a new week with a slight change to our goal.

With the first of our Villagers writing today this brings the number of paid writers here to 9 thus our new weekly goal to pay the mortgage and the writers is $350.

As we were short by $185 last week a five dollar higher goal might seem counter intuitive but given the record of the last three months and the last year I have faith that the readers will not only help us make the higher goal for this week 15 readers at $25 will do it

But will help make up last week’s shortfall to keep the monthly target in play

Olimometer 2.52

Your tip jar hit can help me do this. Please consider kicking in.

DaGuy low rez copy-psdOnly 55 3/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of DaMagnificent Seven & my monthly mortgage on a permanent basis. (one extra one will pay for our newest writer author Tim Imholt)

If you subscribe at the $25 level or more there is a new premium that you can receive one of several Exclusive Original Chris Muir high Res Graphics of the original members of DaTechGuy’s Magnificent Seven Gang.


Low res tha lotPlease specify which of the eight hi res (including myself you wish to receive)   Subscribe at $50 a month and receive all eight.  Subscribe at $100 a month and get all 8 wanted posters high res graphics plug the  high res version of all of us exclusively created for subscribers of DaTechGuy blog  by Chris Muir himself!