Who knew what and when and why didn’t they do something?
Spoke yesterday to someone who told me to re-watch the October 11th Greater Lowell Tech School Committee Meeting. They claim they heard the Superintendent state that she informed other committee members prior to that meeting of her feelings of harassment and was told to be patient and let Erik work through getting familiar with the process.
If this is true, the question is which members knew? when did they know it? and why didn’t anyone of them speak directly to Erik Gitschier to inform him that the Superintendent felt this way? Did they want a fellow member to be charged with harassment or worse? Is the political infighting so bad they didn’t care what happened to a fellow member? Was their silence payback for what a few feel has been disrespectful treatment by him toward them? How does this affect the 300 days to file with the state and when do they begin?
PLEASE Get it right what the accusations are:
There is NO charge of Sexual Harassment or Discrimination.
The Superintendents stated: “Ten months I have been tolerat¬ing such requests formally and informally and other behaviors that feel very much like harassment. I feel it’s because I’m a woman,” she said. “No man sitting in this seat would ever have to tolerate this.”
Gitschier responded “I’m sorry that you feel I’m harassing you because that’s not the case by far. I think you’re out of line by making that accusation,” he said.
“It’s a policy issue on how we’re notified. It’s nothing to do with your gender,” he added
The Superintendent is claiming Harassment and Gender Bias! and will no doubt refer the past treatment of the only other Female Superintendent that drove her into retirement.
She is who she is and like it or not did NOTHING illegal.
Lynne Lupien of Left in Lowell has the language of a Lowell girl right out of the Fighter. She and I don’t see eye to eye on most things but while many are smiling over the Superintendents charges, they are totally baseless and like her or not she is in her rights to post these thoughts. There is Nothing illegal in what she said and if it went to a DA they would toss this. Don’t expect her or Jack to retreat or tone down.
In fact knowing her history, with the Salvation Army Radiothon approaching I expect her to post about their anti-gay stance.
She is Not the only one who feels that way either. I posted a message on my Facebook Page about the radiothon and was reminded by my sister , sister in-law, one of my kids godmothers and a two longtime friends that because of their anti-gay stance they will not support the cause either. I left them with this simple reminder.
“Because The Salvation Army much like the Catholic or Baptist Faith is a church they do have theological positions on a variety of topics. These positions are intended for church members or those who are interested in that church.
Just as you wouldn’t expect everyone you meet to share all your ideas or beliefs, they would never expect everyone they help or donors, or even non-church-member employees to necessarily agree with these theological positions.”
The Salvation Army does NOT ask a person seeking assistance their sexual orientation nor refuse assisting those in need based on their sexual preference.
Whispers build of change to special election rules
Congratulations to State Sen. Barry Finegold (D-Andover), who co-chairs the state Legislature’s election laws committee. He said he has heard discussions about reinstating a 2004 law that would let Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a permanent replacement to help keep the seat under party control until at least 2014 and that he is against that. The power to appoint a permanent senator, and that he doesn’t support a change
The move comes eight years after Democratic lawmakers stripped then-Gov. Mitt Romney of his appointment powers in an effort to keep Republicans out of the office, and three years after they changed the law again to let Patrick appoint a temporary replacement.
In typical Democratic one party rule fashion, the head of the Mass State Party actually tried to rationalize the move and convince people it is anything but politics as usual and GOB’s at work when he said.
“I think that would be preferable. It would certainly save the taxpayers’ money if they don’t have to pay for another election,” said Phil Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
“I think people are campaigned out. I think the governor is very popular and most voters would be happy to support his choice until the next general election,” Johnston added
Senator Elect Liz Warren sent out an email to let people know she is interesting in working across the aisle and compromising. The message included this statement: I learned something important in my race against Senator Brown: voters want political leaders who are willing to break the partisan gridlock. They want fewer closed-door roadblocks and more public votes on legislation that could improve their lives. Lets see if she does that.
Two rumors making the rounds in Dracut, one has former Lowell Tech School Committee member Mike Lenzi running for the seat in Dracut and the other fueled by hints dropped on City Life by State Rep. Colleen Garry, Brian Bond and John Ziminni have former Dracut School Board member Marietta May Paquette running for a seat on the board of Selectman.