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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 Sti byP00o00.00dmood00u0000e.o Res Publica a .............  by David Trumbull of the m},re interesting aspects of our .... ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Governor Baker Announces MBTA Special Panel DIONYSUS AND BACCHUS "i would imagine that right about now, many unhappy T cus- This week we are con- for all manner of licentious- tomers are thinking to themselves, yes, there's been an awful tinuing our journey down ness, which then degener- lot of snow, but most of it of the light and fluffy variety, and through the ancient age of ated into an occasion for yes, the cold has been below average, but not every day has mythology. Our deity for committing assassinations, been that far out of line with a normal winter. And that line of thinking leads to another thought - what combination of fac- today is the Greek god poisonings, forgeries, and tors, including say, lack of money, poor management, and Dionysus, who was wor- every form of perjury, de- flawed oversight, might have led to such catastrophic failure, shipped as the god of the bauchery, and crime. Addi- vine, the wine and luxuriant tionally, men hurled them- regardless of how bad the weather has been?" fertility. He was the son of selves about in wild abandon -- Jon Keller, WBZ Political Analyst, February 17, 2015 Zeus by S.emele, a mortal. and screamed absurd proph- Indeed, the colossal failure of the MTBA is a scandal. How Legend tells us that the esies while women with can Boston host the Olympics when we can't even get the pregnant Semele was killed disheveled hair, carrying trains to run at all, let alone on-time. Even ff you don't take by a lightning bolt. Zeus im- lighted torches, plunged the T, you rely on store clerks, restaurant wait-staff, nurses, mediately seized the prema- themselves into the Tiber. and persons in thousands of other professions who do. Bos- ture bab3, and sewed it into Eventual intervention bY ton runs on the T, and when the T doesn't run, neither can his own thigh until it was authorities resulted in the Boston. ready to bring up. As he grew arrest of 7,000 men and Last week Governor Charlie Baker announced the selec- older, Dionysus discovered women. Minor offenders tion of national leaders in transportation, economic devel- the vine and its uses. were sent to prison while opment and municipal planning to perform an in:depth di- Ne wandered through the executions took care of the agnostic review of the MBTA's core functions. The special world, planting his vine others, panel is expected to complete its review by the end of March. and spreading his worship In 1497 A.D., Miche- "Public transportation plays a major role in supporting among all men. He was langelo, at the age of 22, and driving the region's economy and in order to fix the usually accompanied by Bacchus by Michelangelo, carved his famous Bacchus problems with the MBTA they first must be diagnosed," said nymphs, Satyrs, and similar 1496-7, located at Museo from a seven foot block of Governor Baker. He added, "It's clear that following past woodland deities, and wher- Nazionale del Bargello, marble. In this creation the procedures will only yield the same unacceptable results." ever he was kindly received Florence, Italy.. master showed, only too viv- The experts include Jane Garvey, a national leader in he responded by leaving the by another period of extreme idly, the power of the intoxi- transportation policy and top pick for Secretary of Trans- gift of the wine with his joy because of his rebirth, eating drink and what hap- portation in the Obama administration, Jose A. Gomez- hosts. This kind of celebration of- pens when a man surren- Ibanez, the Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Legend goes on to tell us ten grew into a wild and sav- ders his moral and spiritual Public Policy at Harvard University, and Katie Lapp, former that while still a young man, age orgy, and the partici- values for the so-called plea- Executive Director and CEO for the New York Metropolitan Dionysus became the victim pants became known as sures of the flesh. This Transportation Authority, North American's largest trans, of a tragic death. Also, due Bacchae, wandering through sculptured masterpiece is portation network. Paul Barrett will serve as chair. to the intervention of other the woods, carrying torches, exhibited in the Bargello MBTA Special Panel's Objectives: gods, he was reborn. His wor- and uttering insane cries. (National Museum) in Flo- 1. Develop a fact-base from available data and recently ship by mortals eventually Small animals were often rence, Italy. published reports to enable the MBTA and the Common- spread to most areas in killed, torn into piecesand The Roman counterpart to wealth to ground its future plans and recommendations. Greece. Festivals honoring eaten raw. Dionysus and Bacchus was 2. Undertake a.rapid diagnostic on the state of MBTA as- his death and resurrection The Greek god Dionysus called Liher, and his festi- set management and maintenance. were celebrated by females was worshipped in Italy as vals were called Liberalia, 3. Make recommendations to improve the MBTA's gover- in the mountains at night Bacchus and celebrations in these festivals were eel- nance, structure, financials, and operations in both the every three years. During his honor were called Bac- ebrated annually on the 17 th short and longer-terms to enable the MBTA to plan, these rites there was ape- chanalia. 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