The Sun political Column isn’t all that interesting even 1 week before the Primary. They rehash a lot of old issue and offer very little new Lowell information. Makes me stop,remember and miss Paul Sullivan’s contributions which were the highlights of the Sunday paper.
The main article deals with the City hiring non Lowell residence for major positions and how many “of the old-school, hard-core Lowellian” crowd complain about it. They point out that only 1 Lowell resident applied for a position and didn’t meet the qualifications.
Dave St. Hilaire did not apply for the permanent Building Commissioners position and rehashed his potential legal issues with the property he acquired from Erica Magil.
It re-hashes Jackie Doherty’s Blog about the City Manager which was pointed out here last Wednesday and just highlights her comments about the Manager’s spin.
I’m sure City recycling coordinator Gunther Wellenstein appreciated the mention of the City’s hazardous waste day next Saturday at Cawley stadium but could have done without the recap of his temper tantrum and “assault” against an off duty Lowell officer in May of last year. That case is still pending.
It points out Dave Conway politicizing the Fed Funds by appealing to the committee to use funds ‘for the children” in an attempt to set ground for a possible City Council run. I hope he goes for it and allows a non union person to get elected to the School Committee. I just don’t believe he can separate himself from his many many Union years and attachments.
The rest of the column is devoted to Chelmsford ,Westford and outside Lowell material.
Many in Lowell are wondering if Chris Doherty’s “negative attacks” on his flyers and in the debates will come back to bite him on Sept. 14th
Doherty supporters think he’s just doing what he has to do, while Donaghue’s people consider it a personal attack and will not forget it. Bad blood will linger after this race.
George Anthes on City Life has “wondered” two or three times if the Doherty “crowd” is the same as the Cox crowd and if sign locations and people working with Doherty are part of the Cox group. I don’t see it, I see many different people working for both groups and don’t see Cox influence at all. I also don’t see any Tsongas tie with Doherty , another ‘wondering’ by George. I’d be interested to hear from people who think otherwise…
WCAP will air a debate Tuesday among all the candidates for the Senate in the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District. Democrats Debbie Silberstein, Jack Wilson, Barry Finegold and Republicans Patrick Rahilly and Jamison Tomasek. The debate is sponsored by WCAP and The Valley Patriot. Look for some fireworks has Tom Duggan on Facebooks says:You want to be entertained AND learn something at a REAL debate? Come to Sals Riverwalk Tuesday for the Valley Patriot/WCAP debate … I will be asking REAL questions and demanding REAL answers. If you heard the Republican auditor debate on WCAP/ Tom’s Paying Attention show yesterday when the candidates got to talk to each other it was very entertaining..this one could be very critical for Barry Finegold.
The Sun has a front page story on the Dam and Enel and the city and neighborhood groups fight to keep flahboards. The Mayor of Lawrence wrote a letter to the Feds in favor of the bladder dam which Enel uses in Lawrence. (Guess he doesn’t have much else to do). Enel still has no email working and hasn’t returned my call even after running an AD in the Sun saying they would welcome emails and calls.
No matter what I firmly believe that Enel will win this battle and the Feds will allow the Bladder Dam. To many factors in their favor and it’s my firm belief that the neighborhood group and City need to work with them on some type of facade that will satisfy the look they seek.
Remember Dave Nangle’s family cookouts at the Bunting Club? Seems they are a thing of the past, now it’s Steak + Lobster at Lenzi’s on Sept. 11th 1:00 – 4:30 for $25 per person.