Musings From the Bench

musings from the bench-2Back in the ’80s my nephew needed a pre-employment physical complete with a chest X-ray, so his doctor had him go to an out-patient facility, Radiology Associates. They were in the same  building as many other medical offices. Dentist, eye doctor, podiatrist, internal medicine, surgical medicine, and a women’s health clinic. The day of his appointment coincided with a Pro Life protest of the women’s health clinic. Back in those days it wasn’t unheard of to have protesters block access to not only the building but the parking lot as well. They’d be out there with their signs depicting pictures of the aborted fetus, signs with murderer written in red and other words to get their point across. They would line the walkway all the way to the entrance and verbally and sometimes physically assault people going into the building. They didn’t let the fact that Scott was there for an X-ray stop them from harassing him even after he told them why he was there. 

Some of these protests got violent with people getting shoved off the sidewalk and into the street. Traffic passing by would be blocked turning the street into a parking lot. Some people fought back against the protesters and fights would break out, property would be damaged and the other medical offices would have to close because people couldn’t get in to keep their appointments. Police would be called, people would get arrested. It was one big modern mess. Then, in 2007 the Massachusetts State Legislators said enough is enough and created the 35-foot buffer zone bill. Protesters could still protest their little hearts out but at least the public could still get on with their day. Then Thursday, June 26, 2014 the US Supreme Court in its infinite wisdom struck down the Massachusetts 35-foot buffer zone law as a violation of the protesters First Amendment Rights.

Mark Rienzi, Catholic University law professor who co-litigated the case said, “The pro birthgovernment cannot reserve its public sidewalks for Planned Parenthood, as if their message is the only one women should be allowed to hear. Today’s decision confirms that the First Amendment is for everyone, and that the government cannot silence peaceful speakers.”

“Peaceful speakers”? Yeah, maybe if each protester is fitted with a ball gag they’ll be “peaceful speakers”. Here’s an idea. Against abortion? Then don’t get one.


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is credited with saying about America “The simple way to take the measure of a country is to look at how many want in…And how many want out.” Now we all know people want in whether it’s legally or illegally, and while some “Hollywood celebrities” threaten to leave if their political candidate isn’t elected, they’re still here, but I’ve never seen a country advertize for immigrants to apply for a visa until I went to my email carrier’s home page. is offering to assist immigration services to millions of people around the world applying for a chance to live, work, study in Canada. All you need to do is fill out an online form with your first name, last name, email address, date of birth, your citizenship, whether or not you are currently employed in a trade or profession (they claim Canada currently has a shortage of skilled workers), your English language ability, your French language ability, and your best phone number. Then just click on Apply now for Canadian visa and you’re well on your way to a wonderful future in the welcoming country of Canada. Sounds too good to be true? That’s because it is.

First of all, they are not related in any way with the government of Canada. In fact, any site that is not is not an official Canada immigration site. Secondly, Canada does not advertize immigration on other websites. About the only thing they’ll do is fill out your paperwork (maybe), take your money (absolutely, probably your identity as well) and leave you hanging in the breeze. I don’t know why it surprises me that this SPAM was actually listed as an ad on my email provider’s home page as legitimate when they are so good at sending those emails to a spam folder. Guess these guys are just that good. Oh, and they also run a similar scam for Australian visas.


In June of 2000 at around 10am, Magi Bish dropped her 16-year old daughtermolly bish Molly off at Comins Pond in Warren, Ma. where Molly was a lifeguard. No one was around except for a man sitting in an older white car smoking a cigarette. Magi didn’t think anything of it and Molly went about setting up her lifeguard station. That’s the last time Magi saw her daughter. What came next was the largest, most expensive search for a missing person in the history of Massachusetts. This case was profiled on ‘Disappeared’, ‘America’s Most Wanted’, ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ and ’48 Hours’.

In the late fall of 2002, a hunter had seen a blue bathing suit (that was what Molly was wearing that day in 2000) in the woods on Whiskey Hill in Palmer, Ma. It wasn’t until May of 2003 that he mentioned this to a Tim McGuigan who made the possible connection to Molly Bish and notified police. An intense search of that area took place and Molly’s remains were found on June 9, 2003 no more than 5 miles away from her home.As of this date no one has been arrested for her kidnapping and murder.

The Bish’s hired a private detective and he and the Bish’s have asked to have DNA evidence that they say the Massachusetts police have been sitting on for over a year tested until Molly’s sister figured nothing was being done. That DNA evidence has since been sent to Texas. 

Most recently another private investigator came across a suspicious bag buried in the woods across from where Molly’s remains were found. According to Molly’s sister Heather, “She unburied it actually and opened it up and found some plaid shorts. Having known the case, she knew Molly was wearing plaid boxer shorts when she disappeared. And there was some material that looked pinkish and Molly had on a pink tank top as well when she disappeared.” This potential evidence was turned over to State Police to be analyzed. Since this area had been thoroughly scoured for evidence, the family is left to wonder if Molly’s killer has returned to the area,

Whether he has or not, Sunday, June 29, 2014 was the final ride for The Molly ride for mollyBish Foundation motorcycle ride fundraiser. Started by police 14 years ago the foundation has provided parents with identification kits, helped bring the Amber Alert system to Massachusetts and advocated for a bill to make license plate identification easier. The reason for discontinuing the Molly Bish Foundation Ride for Molly? It had gotten too big. Sunday’s event attracted nearly 400 motorcyclists who traveled the 39 mile route from the Sturbridge Business Park through 7 communities, including Palmer. There was also a candlelight vigil in Molly’s honor on the Warren town common on Sunday night.

We may never know who kidnapped and killed Molly Bish but she will never be forgotten.

Thanks for reading. Until next time.

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Born in the '50s, grew up in the '60s, got married in the '70s. Gave birth in the '80s and started collecting social security in 2013. My time is my own and I don't mind sharing my opinions on everything with everybody. I hate injustice, the truth is easier to remember than a lie. I like the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the New York Mets, and that English futbol team from Liverpool.


  1. Seems to me they need to find a way to continue that ride. Seems it’s just done too much good to simply discontinue it because it’s gotten too big. There has to be a way to make it work so all those who may be inconvienced by any traffic congestion problems are mollified.

    Excellent column.

  2. The Ride for Molly was organized and run by the police department and they’re the ones discontinuing it. It would be nice if some other organization took over, but the family said they will be looking at other fundraising opportunities.

    I meant to add that John Bish, Molly’s father had a stroke on June 15, 2007 requiring many months of rehab. In April of this year, John and Magi received the “Gerald D. Downing Leadership” award ‘for their many efforts in raising awareness of missing and exploited children.’

    The Bish family has got to be the strongest family I’ve ever heard of. I sincerely hope that one of the 7 persons of interest being investigated by police is in fact the person responsible for this crime and is severely punished so John and Magi can have the justice they are looking for for Molly.

  3. I find it unbelievable that in this, the “information” age, with drones, wiretaps, and satellite surveillance and DNA, law enforcement can never find anything that does us any damn good. However if you drive through a yellow traffic light, they manage to have everything they need to collect $150.00

  4. While i don’t think abortion should be used as a method of birth control, I do support the use of birth control to prevent conception. And so does Captain Picard by the looks of it.

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