State House Grievance Sheets 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of year at the Massachusetts State House, mostly because no one really shows up for work the last few days of the year. I’m sure they’re very busy in the district with, you know, toy drives and potlucks.

But the dirth state workers in the halls of Beacon Hill means there isn’t that much holiday anti-cheer being spread from office to office. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s because everyone’s too amped up on the Star Wars feels. Whatever the reason, Festivus has sucked this year in the State House.

Every December, Tony from the State House cafe places two Festivus poles outside the fourth floor eatery and invites passers-by to participate in a state government-wide “Airing of Grievances” a la George Costanza from Seinfeld.

To remind you of Stiller 3:16: “And at the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year.”

So without further ado, here’s the cream of a not so hot crop:

Well, thank you for that political insight, writer who I assume is a government professional.




I don’t know if that are aggrieved because they want juvenile record reform or they’re just like “juvenile records! AMIRIGHT!?”


The only time anyone’s allowed to use the “well, I’m not a scientist…” copout.


Hey man, that’s for the press. Step off.


Ooooh, watercolors!




I really don’t know if this is pro-Michelle Obama or what. (There’s also a poop over on the left there.)


Basically, yeah.

My grievance for 2015? The 54 holiday choir performances on the staircase that seem to start around Nov. 15 and last well into January. The best argument for further k-12 regionalisation and consolidation is that there might be fewer school choirs.

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