And an Eagle rises from the ashes...
Of course I've just talked about the dire situation at the former Central Congregational Church. Not only does its closing cast a bleak picture for any chance of working out the the financial problems the school finds itself in, it has also left several couples stranded with no refunds and no place to hold their reception.
So the Herald News reports that Jerry Donovan has stepped forward and offered the remodeled Eagle as an available venue. For couples who are facing a wedding nightmare, Donovan may have just saved their day. The Eagle may not be as majestic as the Great Hall but it is an incredible location. I hope this works out for all involved.
It's Spring, now where's that shovel?
The weather has been warming up recently and Spring is officially here. Soon people will be planting flowers and doing yard work. Of course here in the South End the biggest landscaping project will be done by Pat Casey when she oversees the moving of McGovern's monument and the restoration of Miller Green. I've already had people ask when this was going to happen. Pat, don't wait too long on this, let's get this behind us and make it right. Where's that shovel?
A Tip for the Republican Road Trip.
The Massachusetts GOP is launching a grass roots effort to rebuild the state party. This maiden effort is likely to resemble the maiden voyage of the Titanic. As a Republican I would love to see the state party rebuild but it's not going to happen if the party sticks to the 'your either with us or you're not' mentality that has gripped it for far too long.
You don't have to look any further than in our own backyard to see the problem. Fall River, like most of Massachusetts is a very Democratic place. Yet, our local party leaders continue to preach and beat the bully pulpit on every conservative view while at the same time labeling everyone Republican who dare disagree a RINO (Republican In Name Only).
News to Linda Rapoza and every other blockhead in the leadership of "our" party, this is Massachusetts, it is a liberal state. For decades and decades this state and most of New England had a great reputation for liberal, moderate, Republicans! New England Republicans held firm to the cornerstones of the Republican Party, such as smaller government and fiscal conservatism. Now as the national party continues to drift right, and right into insignificance, more and more New England Republicans find themselves pushed of of their party by these morons who tell them they don't belong!
By constantly championing the issues to the right and far right and ridiculing any party member to the left of that YOU have eroded the party base. Voters who once believed in the ideals of the Republican Party now find themselves registering as independents and wondering who will represent their views. Particularly in a state like Massachusetts the party should be reaching out to moderate Republicans and building coalitions on the views that they DO share. They should continue to reach out and firmly shake the hand of independents and conservative Democrats.
If the Republican Party is going to insult moderates by calling them RINO's, if they are not going to reach out and work to build on common grounds, they should save the effort, save the gas, and save their breath.