You have to feel sorry for the Herald News. This week they've had two 'Dewey defeats Truman' stories(Covered in detail at Fall River-tastic.) At the same time, their parent company's stock has plummeted in value and could now be placed on the McDonald's Dollar Menu. Recently they've been asking readers to submit photos of potholes and I have to wonder if it's because they laid off photographer Omar Bradley and don't have the manpower to replace him!
Speaking of the Herald, did anyone catch the story about Anderson-Little? It seems that the grandson and great-grandson of the company's founder is bringing back the famous label. Anderson-Little started with a single store in Fall River in 1936. It grew to a chain of over 100 stores before closing in 1998. The Anderson family is now brining back the brand as an online store. The company will start by offering its classic blue blazer for sale this August and will expand the line to meet demand. Sounds great, but the manufacturing will be done in Florida! The Anderson family wanted to manufacture here in Fall River but couldn't secure a loan from the city. Okay, maybe there is a good reason the city wouldn't give them a loan, but considering that we certainly have the capacity and the experienced workers in need of just that kind of work, I'd like to know what those reasons are.
I also enjoyed Marc Monroe Dion's piece on Government Center. Marc makes some observations about the privacy afforded by the handicap ramps, the gloomy interior, the need to power wash the building, Christmas decorations and more. I've been saying much of the same thing for awhile.
Did anyone else have their radio tuned into WSAR this afternoon? Fast Eddie and the Hurricane provided some entertainment by attempting to get Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah to come on the air with them to clarify his recent comments on the house floor. Bishop in opposition of the bill to designate the lower Taunton River as "wild and scenic" said:
"The only part of this river that is scenic is the graffiti that is found on the bridges and human embankments that are part of this river system. The only thing that's wild about this river are the gangs that wrote this graffiti in the first place. ... It's not wild and scenic if you can look over and see McDonald's on the bank."Of course, Bishop never came on air but Herren lectured one of the congressman's staffers about the slight. He advised the staffer that Fall River was one of the country's oldest cities, that there was no graffiti on the waterfront. He went on to say there was no gang problem in the city and even added some patriotism by mentioning that the submarine John F. Kennedy was moored right here at Battleship Cove.
Here's the problem. The submarine is the USS Lionfish, the Kennedy is a destroyer. Also it's not named after the late president, it's named after his brother Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. No gang problem in Fall River? If that were the case our police department wouldn't expend so much effort battling gang issues. A quick google search of "Fall River" gangs brings up interesting articles like this one. What about the graffiti on the waterfront? Herren says he hasn't seen any, yet tonight on the news there's a story about the city buying a graffiti removal machine for $50,000. The news story shows this being used where? You guessed it, at the Marine Museum and the boardwalk. Doesn't that qualify as the waterfront? And Fall River was incorporated as a city in 1854, which doesn't make it anywhere near one of the country's oldest cities.
Herren finished the call by telling the staffer to have the congressman check his facts. DOH!