One of the bills under consideration in the House would raise the cost of your yearly Auto Inspection Sticker by 20%…from $29 to $35 and the hits to our pocketbooks just keep coming.
While we are looking to collect the most we can in the state and city coffers, we should look at some old perks that exist. City Clerks who perform marriages on City time and get to keep the fee along with Clerk Magistrates and assistance who get paid and collect fees for bail postings are two areas that could bring back money to the city and state.
Another example of why we need pension reform in this state. Former U Lowell Chancellor Hogan receiving $195,808 a year retirement.
Lowell High School is the real loser with Brian Martin not under consideration for the Headmasters position. Say what you want about Brian but he is qualified, has private and Public sector experience and no one care about Lowell as much as he does.
Prayers and well wishes for former LHS standout Swimmer and my friends Rebecca Cyr & husband Ramy Fayed for son Jacob Ramy Fayed born 6 weeks early yesterday. May he get healthy soon and go home to big brother Zach.
The Column is pretty boring this week but has a little zing about the bad blood between School Committee members Jim Leary and Dave Conway. Maybe we will see more fireworks between these two as things get tougher.
Nice article in the Sun about Regatta founder and Speare House Owner Lenny Speronis. One of the true good guys in Lowell who cared deeply about his community.
Speaking of a good guy, I ran into former State Senator and City Manager Joe Tully. As someone who has been a political junkie I always admired Joe and when I had the chance to sit and talk with him at the old HAVEN and then again at Scolla’s I became even more of an admirer. Some people don’t like Joe but I think he did a great deal for Lowell and respect the man greatly.
Seems like Camelot is not dead with word that Joseph Kennedy III grandson of RFK may run for Bill Delahunts seat. All signs point to a Delahunt retirement announcement shortly. Giving his family huge campaign bonuses and depleting his war chest is a sure sign that the end is near. (Update as of 2/27 4:30pm Joseph P. Kennedy III will not seek election to U.S. Rep. William Delahunt’s seat, the Barnstable assistant district attorney said in an interview.
Kennedy, 29, had been considering a run, but has decided to focus on gaining experience as a prosecutor instead.
“That’s true. Where I’m at right now is I’ve got a job that I love and a place that I enjoy,” he said.)
Today is the Anniversary of the founding of the Republican Party in 1854 in Ripon Wisconsin. There is no truth to the rumor Cliff Kreiger was in attendance that day.
Jay Leno retakes control of the Tonight Show tomorrow night. Ratings will rise, Letterman’s will go down and NBC will forever have egg on their face for the treatment of both Leno & Conan.
In 1923 Charles Durning the actor was born. Mr. Durning who has done comedy and dramas was a regular on Burt Reynolds TV Show Evening Shade. He one an Emmy for his guest role on NCIS as a former Marine suffering battle induced stress. In real life he served in WWII and was awarded 3 Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. In 2008 he received the National Order of Legion of Honor in France for outstanding service in War. Like many of the Greatest generation he is a man to be admired and Thanked for his outstanding service to his Country.
In 1983 on this day we said “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” to MASH one of the greatest television shows in history. Set in the Korean War we grew to love the antics of the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. We watched the cast change from the never forgotten shocker ” Lt. Colonel Henry Blake’s plane was shot at over the sea of Japan, it spun in, there were no survivors.” To Trapper leaving without saying good-bye and Radar going home after the death of Uncle ED. a fresh faced BJ arriving, a regular army commander in Sherman Potter and the evolution of Max Klinger from Section 8 wannabe to company clerk. Hot Lips, Frank, Fr. Mulcahy and Charles Emerson Winchester the Third from Boston will be in our memories for a long time. Up until this past SuperBowl it held the record for the most watched TV program in history.
Finally today in 1991 was the official end of the first GULF WAR. To all who served then, all who serve now and to all who have ever served their country, THANK YOU and GOD BLESS from a grateful man who appreciates and respects the sacrifices you have made.