February 22, 2003


Massachusetts - "The Bay State"

Emmanuel Ravelli: "Massachusetts has Harvard and MIT. And Cape Cod."

Jen: "The pilgrims landed here at Plymouth Rock, and the state is rich with history predating the Revolutionary War. Thoreau, Emerson, Alcott, Hawthorne: just a few of the authors who made this state their home, and drew inspiration from its natural wonders and cultural charms. We have the best of the best in education - Harvard and MIT...just to name two. Plus, you can pahk your cah in Hahvahd Yahd. Can't do that anywhere else. I don't have a cah to pahk, but I do live here, and I love it."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 08:48 AM

We need to kick this state out of the Union. Buncha Kennedy-voting fuckwads.

Posted by: Acidman on February 23, 2003 10:56 AM

I was hoping to keep the comments positive a little longer. Oh, well... vive la freedom of speech. I guess. *sigh*

Posted by: Lester on February 23, 2003 02:04 PM

yeah, and everything closes at 2am, but the Subway, sorry... I mean the T stop an hour b4 that... When you done studying, you're done w/ Boston. But I don't know, maybe the rest of MA is cool...

Posted by: Mr. X on February 24, 2003 01:33 AM

Though I live in Oregon now, I grew up in and have siblings in Massachusetts.

Yes, it has its old-fashioned liberals, with the Kennedys the most noted. You know, the ones that started the Peace Corps, got the space program started with the goal of beating the Soviets to the moon, pursued the Civil Rights Act that LBJ got passed, stood up for the immigrant laborers in the United Farm Workers so they could have better wages and safer working conditions and decent housing, and numerous other programs that benefitted the working poor. Not to mention getting the Soviets to back down from a takeover of West Berlin, a nuclear confrontation in Cuba and getting the USSR, Britain and the US to agree to a nuclear test ban.

Well before the Kennedys it was home to numerous Revolutionary War patriots, such as Paul Revere, Sam Adams, John Hancock, John Adams, the Minuteman at Lexington and Concord where the first shots were fired that led to American democracy and a Constitution that remains a model of freedom to the world. It was also the center of the anti-slavery abolition movement.

But Massachusetts is far more than that. Great seafood, world-reknowned lobster, the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod, the eccentricities and artistries of Provincetown (where the Pilgrims first landed), cranberry bogs, the nightlife and day life of Boston and Cambridge, which has more higher ed institutions per capita than anyplace in the world, the beautiful fall colors, particularly in the Berkshire Mountains...

The country's first free public schools, first college (Harvard), first woman's college, with two of the country's finest women's colleges still (at Smith and Radcliffe). One of the two major suffrage organizations that led to women gaining the right to vote, too many authors and poets and artistic luminaries to list here, a major oceanographic institution, sports teams like the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics. The game of basketball begain there too.

Inventors like Elias Howe, Charles Goodyear, Alexander Graham Bell and the Duryea Brothers provided the world sewing machines, vulcanized rubber, the telephone and the first gasoline powered auto. The first computers were built there, too.

There is much to love in Massachusetts, and that's been true for most of the 218 years since the Pilgrims arrived, and probably before, when various native tribes enjoyed it.

Posted by: Cowboy Kahlil on February 24, 2003 04:37 AM

I see that this post about Massachusetts has attracted the dim-witted fringe element (referring to Acidman). Poor guy hasn't got a clue.

Posted by: Colin on February 24, 2003 07:17 AM

On the Tufts campus in Medford, there is a monument to the future discovery of antigravity.

Posted by: Matt McIrvin on February 24, 2003 07:38 PM

Some other things about Massachusetts (the Boston-area part, at least):

Fish. Even if a lot of what they serve in restaurants is flown in from somewhere else, it's still a great place to get it.

Used book stores.

Urban areas that have gigantic rocks sticking up out of the ground in unexpected places. You can take photos from your front doorstep and fiddle with them to make them look like you're in the Alps or on Mars, especially if it just snowed.

Symphony Hall in Boston. Summer concerts on the Charles River Esplanade.

Walking in general, in the Boston area. When I was in grad school, if I got frustrated by some problem I was working on, I'd go for long walks down to the Charles (full of college rowers and sailboats), across the river on any of the bridges, and along the bank through the Emerald Necklace parks all the way up to downtown Boston, and come back on the MBTA (a remarkably cheap subway to ride, by the way) from the Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall area. It was a great way to blow an afternoon.

Posted by: Matt McIrvin on February 24, 2003 08:03 PM

Also, the Big Dig is almost done!! (Only another year... well, a year and a half, tops... well...)

Posted by: Matt McIrvin on March 1, 2003 12:12 PM

And the Red Sox, baby. That's what it is all about.

Posted by: Chuck on March 7, 2003 10:29 PM

Massachusetts, besides being the home of Boston, boasts some of the finest suburbs in the nation as well. Wellesley, Westwood, Newton, Dover, Brookline, Weston, Cohasset all of which have school systems that excel beyond even the best private schools.

And don't forget Northern Worcester County, too. A gem of a place to live with one of the best regional schools (made up of five towns) in America, nestled in the apple growing capital of New England. Also here, are the giant stone churches of the Catholic immigrants that rise above the rolling hills around Leominster. Unlike the white steepled, clapboard churches most associated with New England, these Catholic Cathedrals of the Hills are true monuments, made of rocks as hard and determined as the new Americans that dug them out of the ground.

Posted by: PoliticaObscura on March 8, 2003 07:40 AM

PoliticaObscura writes: "Massachusetts, besides being the home of Boston, boasts some of the finest suburbs in the nation as well. Wellesley, Westwood, Newton, Dover, Brookline, Weston, Cohasset all of which have school systems that excel beyond even the best private schools."

Yep. The same suburbs full of pushy, know-it-all liberals who supported busing in Boston in the 1970s because those "racist" blue-collar folks in Charlestown and South Boston obviously couldn't be allowed to decide where their kids went to school. Yet I'm sure plenty of them put their own houses up for sale when the first African-American moved into their neighborhoods.

And, by the way, blacks weren't crazy about busing either.

Posted by: Reginleif the Valkyrie on March 11, 2003 09:25 PM

Oh, and what Acidman said. Cowboy Khalil can sing the praises of the Kennedys all he wants, but to a man, they're a bunch of vicious degenerates whose atrocious behavior would have been splashed all over the front page of the Globe had they been Republicans. And the Kennedy women -- with the exception of those who washed their hands of the family, like Joan Kennedy and Sheila Rausch, and poor Rosemary -- are the world's biggest enablers.

Having grown up here, I'm not impressed by Khalil's list of Taxachusetts' historical accomplishments. This sta-- oh, excuse me, Commonwealth has been resting on its laurels for decades. It is most certainly no longer the cradle of liberty. We're lucky that the local know-it-alls of today weren't alive during Revolutionary times. They'd have campaigned to ban "assault muskets" and marched for appeasement of the British.

Posted by: Reginleif the Valkyrie on March 11, 2003 10:15 PM

Seems like most of the comments about Massachusetts are from folks who went to college or grad school in Boston or swallow the media stereotype of Massachusetts liberalism. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, am still a rabid Red Sox fan, and visit a lot. Massachusetts has natural beauty and a true four season climate which it shares with the rest of New England. Eastern Mass. is kind of flat and winter snow storms there usually turn to black and brown slush, but it is home to Boston (including all the area within 128), the greatest city in the world for people who like cities. The rest of the state is physically beautiful and full of small towns and cities that are home to ordinary hard working people.

Posted by: Jimbo on March 15, 2003 04:30 AM