Has it really come down to this? It took a homeless man, dressed in a bright green jacket and white shorts with black polka dots, to take charge and unclog the massive gridlock in front of Mass General the other day.

Every day, the jam-packed traffic is backed up there to the point where tempers flare and car horns blast away. So much for '"Hospital – Quiet Zone." Not until this homeless guy put down his cup and walked smack dab in the middle of this vehicular mayhem and took control of the situation did traffic start moving again. Motorists duked him, as in doing the right, noble thing as per John Wayne, waving and thanking him.

People started tweeting and writing into Universal Hub about this newfound Sir Galahad, calling him the hero we need. So let me ask, if traffic is packed like sardines and all it takes is a traffic babysitter, why don't they hire civilians to get transportation moving again? Oh, that's right, the union rules and the bureaucratic institutional laws make it very tough to get solutions like that implemented.

People were rolling down their windows yelling out, "Deputize this guy," but that won't happen either, because the real problems aren't outside but within us. This homeless guy proved it. Duke him again!

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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