I was at the Selectmen’s meeting, in Belmont, last night where a citizen was having a conversation about the upcoming meeting about the Pension/OPED obligations. It sounded pretty bad. I asked if, at least, the town was not continuing to hire people and promise them benefits which they are unlikely to receive. David Kale explained that, yes, the town still did promise new employees these benefits including lifetime health insurance and that this was a state issue that should be taken up with our state senator and representative. So I am writing to you and Dave Rogers. You know the old adage “What can you to to get out of a hole? Stop digging.” If David Kale is right, apparently the state does not believe this. Do we live in a surreal world where the towns/cities of Massachuseets are looking at possible credit defaults and bancruptcy and continue with business as usual? I am sure this is more complicated and involves collective bargaining and other institutional issues. Really?