From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk
It all started in the Boston Globe two weeks ago with this report.
Trying to put a tribute to William Bulger in the books
South Boston’s Branch Library would be renamed for the neighborhood’s legendary politician, William M. Bulger, under a proposal by City Council President Bill Linehan.
“Bill Bulger’s advocacy and commitment to the Boston Public Library system is unquestionable,” Linehan said in a statement Tuesday. “His commitment to service, to the people of South Boston, Boston, and the Commonwealth are well documented and heralded.”
Uh-huh. Like this Boston Herald column from two days later?
Regardless, all’s been quiet on the Bulger front until this editorial popped up in yesterday’s Globe.
Linehan stirs up resentments with proposal to honor Bulger
THERE AREN’T clear standards for naming a Boston public building after a former political leader. But there should be obvious reasons why not to make such a designation: To rehabilitate a tarnished reputation; to reward supporters of a deeply divisive figure; to score political points by sticking up for a neighborhood bigwig. All these bad reasons seem to be underlying the proposal by City Council President Bill Linehan to name the South Boston library for his neighbor William M. Bulger, the former Senate president and University of Massachusetts president. It’s a mischievous proposal designed to stir up old loyalties and resentments, and the City Council should reject it out of hand.
As night follows day, the Globe’s sonorous editorial turned into the Herald’s screaming front page.
Today’s story in the feisty local tabloid gives you everything you want: drama, conflict, blood feuds, political waffling, Bulgerite weaseling – you name it.
All in a two-dailies work.