Old Ironsides' upscale Charlestown neighbors are trying to pull off what British, French and Barbary pirate guns failed to accomplish in more than two centuries - silencing the cannons of the nation's oldest commissioned naval vessel.What a bunch of ignoble twerps. Charlestown, your pathetic residents deserve neither that wonderful old ship nor the freedom she represents.
Miffed residents of a posh condo complex have invited the commanding officer of the USS Constitution over for a glass of wine so he can hear for himself that the frigate's twice-daily cannon blasts - a tradition dating to 1798 - are "more disruptive to the neighborhood than you might have imagined."
The Navy should open bids for the privilege of having this vessel moored, firing her guns twice a day. Our coasts are dotted with cities far more deserving than these people Charlestown.
There is no irritation like seeing nominally adult people have zero grasp of the privileges they enjoy.