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Time to Think About New Years Eve

Have you heard about the "Millennium Holiday Bill"?

Representative John Merrigan, my counterpart in Greenfield, dreamed it up. Basically, John wants to give you an extra day off this year.

He figures that, since the end of the Millennium only rolls around every thousand years, and the century every hundred years, that you deserve it.

The bill would make this coming New Year's Eve Day a one-time legal holiday. And, I must admit, I've agreed to co-sponsor this legislation. Make it bipartisan! I like to celebrate as much as the next person. I've never met a champagne I didn't like.

Even the Boston Globe says the arrival of the year 2000 is a mega-event. The Globe editorialized against small thinkers who cried "hackorama" and voiced indignation about taxpayers being cheated by another state holiday. The Globe says the naysayers are raining on what should be everybody's parade, public and private.

I mean, the Governor actually debunked the plan, said the Globe, no fan of Republican politics by the way, by insisting that this year is a year too early because the millennium won't begin until 2001.

The Cape Cod Times picked up the theme saying that the Governor's protest only conjures up the image of the Cellucci family popping the millennial champagne a year after the rest of the world. And added that naysayers could either get on board or get out of the way.

The Globe added that "this is a once in-a-thousand-years event that will be celebrated at the end of 1999 by most people no matter what the purists say. It deserves special treatment and should encourage a collective societal 'Wow.'" (And, I doubt the Globe has ever said "wow" in an editorial before.)

Then the Globe summarized, "The legislative declaration would be symbolic but would set a tone, telling citizens that this dramatic flip of the calendar is worth pausing to cheer."

Let's eliminate Patriots Day, or Bunker Hill Day and Evacuation Day which are holidays only in Suffolk County, next year to make up for it. Let's go for it! The naysayers be damned.

This is better than the Boston cream donut bill, better than choosing the official polka, or naming the state's Tollhouse cookie number one over Oreos. Or was it fig newtons?

It only happens every thousand years. So if it's a dreadful mistake, we'll have a few years to think about it before 3000 rolls around. And unlike most legislation there's a sunset provision--we can't indulge again until December 31, 2999.

Pop the champagne!


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