Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Michael "Mr. Fix-It" Ross Has A Ticket To Park

And that means to park anywhere he wants.

Councilman Michael Ross
is in trouble because, of the 105 parking tickets he got dismissed using his power as a Boston City Councilor, 35 of those tickets were for violations he committed on personal time. The Boston Globe-Democrat is outraged that he would abuse that power.

Down here on Planet Earth--where we mere mortals pay ALL of our own parking tickets, even ones we get while working--we're trying to figure out why the hell Boston City Council members get to park in front of fire hydrants and in handicapped parking in the first place.

Michael Ross calls this perk one of the "privileges that [councilors] receive because of their duties and responsibilities."

So obeying the law is NOT one of those duties? Playing by the rules that City Council imposes on the rest of us isn't his responsibility?

Apparently, parking in Granny's space at the Stop and Shop is an essential part of public service. Putting your car between the fire truck and a hydrant is just part of a city councilor's job.

Councilor Ross, proving that Boston has matched this man's talents to the job, issued a heartfelt apology in which he takes full responsibility for accidentally slipping his personal parking tickets into the fix-it machine. In other words "I didn't do it, and I promise I won't do it again."

Classic Boston politics. I predict Michael Ross will be re-elected in a landslide.