Thursday, November 29, 2012 • 7:43 AM Comments (6)


posted by Maureen Turner

Oh, dear.

So after reading this report by MassLive’s Greg Saulmon, on arch-conservative minister Scott Lively’s suggestion that perhaps God caused last week’s strip club explosion as a form of punishment for wickedness, I feel compelled to say that this recent blog post I wrote was just a joke.

Really, I don’t think Springfield residents are sinners in the hands of an angry God, dangling over the fiery pits of hell. It was just humor, see? Heh-heh. Really, if God didn’t unleash a few plagues on the city back in the days when housing authority employees were stealing quarters out of the washing machines in apartment complexes for the elderly, why would He start doling out the vengeance now?

Although I still maintain that there’s something patently yucky about a strip club located next to a day-care center.

On a side note: could Saulmon be any more thoughtful and gentlemanly in his responses to the readers who are upset at him for covering Lively’s comments? I’m not sure which I enjoy more: Saulmon’s unfailingly menschy replies, or his colleague Stephanie Barry’s wry, get-over-it-it’s-newsworthy ones.

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Still, now that you mention it, Springfield is kind of starting to get that Sodom and Gomorrah kinda feel to it.

Posted by Bill Dusty on 11.30.12 at 4:49

Bill: Just don't look back, Salty.

Posted by M. Turner on 11.30.12 at 6:13


Posted by Bill Dusty on 11.30.12 at 21:13

Mo - that one sailed right over my head! Help me out ;-)

Posted by Bill Dusty on 12.1.12 at 23:19

Sorry, Bill - just a lame attempt to squeeze out a bit more Biblical humor. Remember, Lot's wife was warned not to look back as they fled, but she did and was turned into a pillar of salt?

Get thee back to Sunday school, young man.

Posted by M. Turner on 12.3.12 at 10:17

I often read the posts on Masslive . Many of the posters get carried away with their comments but I find Stephanie Barry's comments to cross the line as well.

Barry routinely treats the readers with contempt. Many of the other reporters keep their comments professional whereas Barry's are most often snide and loaded with unnecessary sarcasm. I think her replies makes her look unprofessional.

Posted by MassGal on 12.7.12 at 2:16



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