Gloucester Times: Warren hears fishermen's fears
Warren hears fishermen's fears, stories
An airing of grievances and an airing of fears rained down on U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tuesday in her first meeting with the fishing community since she took office last month.
The grievances were those of business people, descendants of the nation’s earliest industry, who in one form of another had made their way harvesting the sea, but now find themselves trapped by government edicts and policy said to be posing as biology, according to Vito Giacalone, the local port’s best known and connected leader.
The fears were those of a community poised to lose it all in the weeks to come, when new controls on the harvesting of the sea take effect May 1, and families find there is no one left from whom to borrow when second mortgages and personal loans come due.