Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Speakers to play music in downtown Springfield

By the time Springfield residents are stuffing turkeys and their bellies, Springfield could be abuzz with the sound of easy listening music, originating from the lamp posts downtown.

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  1. Philip Caron9/14/17, 11:16 AM

    This would be noise pollution. While they're at it, why not add flashing beams of light and fans blowing delicate scents around? Because it's all annoyance and distraction.

    Put it up for vote and see what happens.

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    1. How about the church clock that chimes all night long...? Midnight 12 times. In its day people didn't have watches. No problem if it was a few times a day but 24/7?

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  2. Would be unbelievable except this is Springfield, a town lost in space and time for the past fifty years. How about they play "The Star-Spangled Banner", our the national anthem non-stop and arrest anyone that takes a knee? Instead they will probably play songs to get high with or tunes for the lost misfits to guide them like a Pied Piper to the dole industries blanketing the town that prey upon the losers.

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  3. AC DC Highway to hell, or Led Zep Stairway to heaven...no rap please, attracts the rappers.

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  4. I love the clock tower chimes! I never have to look at my bedside clock to see what the pre-dawn hour is.

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    1. Sarcastic I hope.

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  5. No, actually quite sincere. One of the fundamental changes most people haven't noticed is the disappearance of what a Peace Corps volunteer called "public time," the plethora of clocks displayed by businesses in towns and cities all across America. The volunteer remarked on the absence of "public time" in the Second World city he'd been posted to. Public clocks started disappearing in the decade after the first oil crisis. I think that the increased expense was what
    caused the disappearance of the digital clocks in the plaza and the downtown "square." (Well, it did used to be a square; now it's a parking lot.)

    The town accepted the responsibility for maintaining the clock in the Methodist Church back in the mid-fifties, and there is only one Public Works employee who knows how to maintain it. I hope there's an understudy waiting in the wings!

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    1. Sorry, but for people like myself that live near it, it is beyond a nuisance. Also I did not know the Town is maintaining it-so when it has repairs, tax payers money is paying for them as well as maintenance. Where is the separation of church and state? Looks like it will never change , since Springfield refuses to change in many departments. I like history, and live in an old house-but its intended purpose is no longer needed. Springfield is dead past 7pm, perhaps if we had a downtown with a night life it might come in handy.

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  6. Philip Caron9/16/17, 10:55 AM

    Outlets on the posts downtown. These will be for public use, right? Hmm.

    This is the town entering the field of public broadcasting. If they play Christmas music, they may be legally bound to broadcast themes from other religions and ideologies. If they play light jazz, they will be pressured to play other music as well. Competitors may have legal standing to broadcast there. Someone will have to be designated to decide on programming and so forth.

    Will there be ads?

    That the people on the select board actually decided this is a good idea is very unsettling. They are handling our money. At the least, if they want to honor Lawrence Wheeler and his appreciation of music, they could donate this "extra" money in his name to one of the town's music groups, or to music in the schools, or a music scholarship.

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  7. Brian J. Murphy9/19/17, 8:41 AM

    I am stunned by some of the posts but in particular by those who raise specious issues when a anyone attempts to make a change that just might, possibly have a positive impact. By the way (to Philip Caron) you might want to know your town....there never was a "Lawrence Wheeler". It is "Lawrence & Wheeler" which are two distinct family names of the founder of the insurance agency.

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    1. Philip Caron9/20/17, 10:16 AM

      Thank you for the correction Brian - I used to know that.

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  8. Honor Lawrence Welk?

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