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Is it an epidemic, yet?
Photo by Kelly Fox.
LOWELL — Police are asking the public to help find those who assaulted two men on Middle Street downtown early Saturday morning, sending one of them to a Boston hospital with serious injuries.
About 2:14 a.m., officers patrolling downtown Lowell found two Westminster men assaulted in front of 172 Middle St., according to Lowell Police Superintendent Ken Lavallee. The victims, who are in their early 20s, had just left Village Smokehouse on Middle Street and were walking toward their car parked on the street when they became involved with an altercation with another man, Lavallee said.
One victim was injured so seriously that he was flown to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston by medical helicopter. He remains in serious condition but is expected to survive, Lavallee said.
The other victim was transported to a local hospital. Lavallee did not know if he has been released from the hospital. Lavallee did not know the victim’s identities Saturday night.
Now, let’s talk about this guy:
Folks, if you don’t know, the gentleman in the picture is Walter Bayliss, Jr and he is a member of the License Commission.
The License Commission adopts rules and regulations for licenses and license activity that address matters of local interst in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth, and is the local authority for licenses effecting alcoholic beverages, public amusements, common victualler (food), second hand motor vehicles and entertainment. Three (3) members are appointed to a six (6) year term. Diverse political party representation is required. (MGL Ch. 4 s.12) Two (2) year prior residency also required. City Council Confirmation is required. Statute Reference: MGL C.428 Acts 1894; MGL C.138 s.10 .
Let me be clear, it is NOT the fault of Mr. Bayliss that things are getting out of hand, Downtown. However, if you opt to watch the 11 minute segment of the embedded video, below, I think you will begin to wonder aloud, if Mr. Bayliss and his two compatriots are trying hard to be part of the solution.
(1:23:50 - 1:34:40)
The squabble is over a push from the City Manager, or King Bernie to his close pals, to get the License Commission to meet in the evening. At this point, and if Mr. Bayliss has his way, the LC meets at 3 pm. Mr. Bayliss is convinced that he is being treated poorly by the CM and Mayor Murphy. Further, if concerned citizens really want to participate in civics, they will make it a priority. If they can find time to save a tree, they can find time to meet when Mr. Bayliss likes. Mr. Bayliss likes to meet when it is convenient for the bar owners. Which, apparently, is 3 pm.
Why is Mr. Bayliss so firm? From a previous diary:
“The last people government thinks about is the taxpayer,” Commission Chairman Walter Bayliss said, adding the business owners pay a higher tax rate and should be accommodated.
The commission voted to hold its next meeting Thursday, Jan. 12. Bayliss said if Lynch does not make the Council Chamber available to them, they will meet somewhere else.
“If it’s locked, it’s locked and we’ll hold it in the hallway,” he said. “If the manager wants to put us in the basement, God bless him, it’s his building, we can meet in the broom closet.”
Government sucks! So, intrusive and uncaring about the local businesses. They pay a higher tax rate, y’know! … Isn’t Bayliss part of “government?”?
To get more of a feel for what’s going on Downtown, read these:
What The Hell Is Going On Downtown??
Why the City - and License Commission - Need to Listen
It may all be a bit dizzying. So, I’ll attempt to condense it. Businesses that sell booze, make money by the drink. Thus, there is an incentive to overserve patrons. Free flowing liquor to immature patrons is the heart of the problem. Guess who has the juice to get the barkeeps to tighten up their serving discipline? Did you guess the License Commission? I knew you would.
Now, take some time to digest all of this. And, if you are feeling queasy by Friday, take comfort in knowing you can have a nice hot cocoa during the Winterfest. If you are still worried, just ask the polite folks in the big, cozy tent. Y’know what they’ll say?:
Everything is fine. Go shopping!
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