Billy Mack and some other young people had been talking about the mural on a building soon to be demolished. They called "him" Noodle Boy, and expressed empathy toward his coming fate. It's a cute story, and the Morning Call decided to cover it.
Meanwhile, the paper hadn't printed or even acknowledged my recent letter on Wehr's Dam, about to be unnecessary demolished by a disingenuous referendum. I wrote the editorial because Bill White on September 29th had a column, which contained misinformation about the dam. This misinformation was put out by South Whitehall Township, whose Commissioners are trying to have the residents vote the dam away, relieving them of any political consequences. In the summer of 2014, almost 7,000 residents signed a petition asking that the dam remain. Furthermore, they signed the petition while visiting the dam. Mr. White declined to write a correction, but suggested that I submit an editorial on the topic. That editorial had been sitting somewhere between the editor's desk and his waste can for over a week. Yesterday, I caught him by telephone. He must have been too busy to look at the caller ID. I was told that they haven't had time yet to review my submission. I'm glad that they sent a reporter out to meet Billy Mack at Noodle Boy. I wish that they would send a reporter to meet me at the dam. I would like to tell him or her about how South Whitehall is deceiving the voters, and how we are going to lose a destination that has been cherished for generations. Noodle Boy can be repainted anywhere. Once the historic dam is demolished, it's gone forever. Wehr's Dam photo by Yevette Hendler
You're welcome to return today at 2:00PM, when I will have a bonus post on last night's city council meeting.