If you’re trying to do business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you’ve no doubt encountered roadblocks since the pandemic began. Now the pandemic is over, but the Massachusetts State House remains closed and many state employees are still working from home. As a result, there are many delays and inconveniences.
Let me give you an example. I recently learned of a park pass that grants seniors in Massachusetts free lifetime parking in “most state parks.” The pass is only $ 10 and you must be 62 or over to get one. A bargain, isn’t it? It bears my name everywhere.
But the Massachusetts DCR website does not provide a list of which parks are “most state parks” or whether they include Westport’s Horseneck Beach. It turns out that it is. The good news is that we seniors can park in Horseneck instead of paying the $ 13 parking fee as long as we have the Lifetime Seniors Parking Card.
Ah, the parking permit.
To find out if Horseneck actually qualified, I called the main number of the DCR. A recorded message asked me to leave a message and someone would get back to me right away. The next day I received a call confirming that the pass is good for Horseneck.
How do I apply for this passport? I have to prove my place of residence and my age. A copy of my driver’s license would do. However, it must be submitted by post as all regional offices remain closed. Online applications are also not permitted. The processing time is between four and seven weeks. In other words, it could be the end of August by the time I get my parking permit. That’s crazy!
The schools have reopened. Walmart has never closed. I can buy weed, booze, cigarettes, and go to sporting events, but government officials still can’t go back to work? Really? I can only imagine what it must be like for people with real problems that the state needs to address.
Come on, you hackers, open up the government and get back to work.
Barry Richard is the host of the Barry Richard Show at 1420 WBSM New Bedford. It can be heard on weekdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @ BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this comment are solely those of the author.
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