When it was decided to build Fall River's new courthouse on South Main Street there was a lot of outcry by seniors who lived nearby complaining about having to contend with a criminal element in their backyard. Now we find out that this new courthouse will handle all the criminal cases currently handled in New Bedford. The reason given is that the 19th century courthouse in New Bedford doesn't have adequate security measures and the new courthouse will have state of the art stuff.
I somehow doubt that this was a recent decision. Maybe this was the plan right from the get go and was kept quite to prevent further neighborhood opposition? To all the people who live in that area and who were concerned about their safety, this is an injustice.
House 1418, What changed?
Bill #2383 has passed both the House and the Senate and now goes to Governor Patrick's desk for his signature. The bill is designed to provide buffer zones between LNG facilities in heavily populated areas. The bill requires 5,000 ft between and LNG facility and a residential home, hospital, school, or other such structure. LNG tankers would need to have 1,500 ft clearance to the same structures. Representative David Sullivan has worked for over 3 years to get this legislation passed. Sullivan has said that 2383 is really the same bill as 1418, yet 1418 was never able to get passed the house. What's changed? What opposition stood in Sullivan's way the last time that isn't there now? Hmmm.
Want to learn about Lizzie Borden? Go to Salem!
There are plans afoot to open a 'Lizzie Borden Museum' in Salem. What does Lizzie Borden have to do with Salem? Absolutely nothing. Do the letters W, T, F, mean anything? If we were talking about a crime museum that would feature a Borden exhibit, I'd say great. If we were talking about a museum of famous women of Massachusetts, I'd say Okay. It's not that Lizzie Borden belongs to Fall River, but that the history of Lizzie Borden belongs to Fall River and much of it still exists to this day. A Lizzie Borden museum in Salem makes no sense at all. Why not have a museum about the Salem witch trials right here in the Spindle City! Heck, we've been wanting to increase tourism, let's open up one for the battle of Bunker Hill, Paul Revere, JFK, and why confine ourselves to just Massachusetts!
Mr. Pickel's Lizzie Borden Museum strikes me as circus attraction intended not to celebrate history but rather to cash in financially on the mystique of a century old mystery.