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June 3, 2012

The Next Generation!

by at 9:19 am.

This morning’s Lowell Sun Column criticism of newly-appointed Zoning Board alternate member Van Pech cannot go unanswered.

Lynch’s decision to name Pech to the ZBA was curious, as was the council’s confirmation.

Pech is a counselor and volunteer coordinator at the Center for Hope and Healing in Lowell, which helps rape victims.

Before that he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau and Market Basket. He has no experience that would make him suited to serving on the ZBA.

Further, during the council campaign, he was very amiable, but showed very little grasp of important issues.

Some observers said Pech’s inexperience showed by his vote Thursday, which should have been clear-cut.

Why was this a curious appointment and confirmation? We have a young man who is willing to volunteer his time and his effort to make this a better City. How many people in their 20s are knocking down the doors to City Hall wanting to serve?

What is the “experience” required to serve as an alternate on the ZBA? Perhaps it requires getting the blessing of “some observers.” By the way, who are these observers? Shouldn’t they be identified? Maybe we would find them unqualified to make a judgement. I suggest we reject these comments since we do not know who wrote it and we do not know who supposedly has made these comments to the Sun.

Instead of encouraging our younger generation to participate in civil activities, we slam the first step of those who come forward.

I have met Van Pech and I find him to be a concerned, engaged, and dedicated Lowellian. He may not have the “wisdom” and “knowledge” of the City movers and shakers who are now in their 60s and 70s but part of their job is to mentor and encourage the next generation to participate. Instead of dreaming of the past, maybe we should be concerned about the future.

Here is a clip of Van accepting his appointment from the City Council

Good luck Van! Don’t let them get to you.

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