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August 17, 2012

It’s All Downhill From Here

by at 7:31 am.

So, after a fairly lengthy back and forth, 58 comments at this point, on a mutual friend’s Facebook page, former Commissioner Ray Weicker made a wee hours post that shows us a thing or two:


I took this screen grab at about 7:45 am, just in case you want a point of reference.

I’m suggesting that we leave Ray Weicker alone. He bailed, so let’s wish him God’s speed. It’s critical to note, though, his tone. Especially, when juxtaposed to his tone just yesterday.

This morning on City Life, George Anthes is billing the removal of Wally Bayliss as the singular vote that the Council will make that could determine any one Councilor’s re-election.

If that is the case, and I’m not convinced it ain’t, if we follow Weicker’s trajectory as the template; fasten your seat belts ladies and gents, the bottom of the barrel is coming hard and fast.

8 Responses to “It’s All Downhill From Here”

  1. Magnolia Says:

    In light of tne new downtown crime statistics that came out in the Sun, I would like to commend Weicker for going out with dignity. The very place that they refused to listen to the police on is at the top of the problem list. I hac=ve a scanner and I can confirm that things have been busier downtown. I think this situation could have been handled better by everyone - but I lay the majority of the blame on the License Commission. If they had even voted on one or two changes at THAT meeting, then there might have been a much different outcome. Bayliss’ actions at most of the meetings I have seen, were “folksy” and I rather liked him until recently when it seemed like the Com was willing to overlook just about everything. I presict the next few weeks will be a bumpy ride for some. I do hope that in the end, the downtown will have less problems and the bars that really work at it will prosper.

  2. steve p. Says:

    I don’t know that I’d classify complying with a “resign or be fired” demand as “he bailed”. That aside, Magnolia, which of the “one or two” changes would have changed the crime wave?

    The stats in that article are almost exclusively about people urinating in the streets. That same article says that Lowell has added 4 patrols officers to downtown on weekends, so it stand to reason that they would catch more serial pee’rs. These crime stats aren’t about muggings or assaults , they’re about pee pee. It also stands to reason that Police, who I have witnessed in the past telling people peeing in the streets to get lost, are now arresting these same people.

    When I see a headline like “crime is up 21%” it sounds scary. Then you read the article and it’s about 112 vs. 135 arrests, mostly for urinating and comes at a time when people are actively looking to arrest people and there has been an increased police presence. Is “crime” up 21% or is bar related crime, mostly urinating, being loud and vandalism up 21% because Police presence has increased and they have been more proactive? Am I more likely to be mugged? This article doesn’t address that as “crime”. This report could have been framed “Downtown Crime Sees No Significant Increase” if that’s how certain people wanted it to be spun.

    Before anyone jumps to any silly conclusions, I am not advocating pee filled streets. It’s gross. But it happens. I’ve also seen City Council candidates pee behind a dumpster more than once in my life.

    As for “strong words” did someone accuse Bayliss of being racist? I missed that. I don’t know anything about it, but those are strong words too. Strong words often endues strong replies.

  3. Publius Says:

    Steve P.

    Excellent and well thought out points.

  4. joe from Lowell Says:

    This morning on City Life, George Anthes is billing the removal of Wally Bayliss as the singular vote that the Council will make that could determine any one Councilor’s re-election.

    And this is different from the confidence of the people who put “I’m for Cox” stickers on their cars, how, exactly?

    “I’ve joined the company of John Cox and Alan Kazanjian.” - Walter Bayliss, Tuesday, August 14.

    “For you better start swimming of you’ll sink like stone for the times they are a-changin’.” - Bob Dylan, Late Neolithic Era.

  5. Jack Says:

    By “Strong words,” I was referring to Weicker’s language. It’s hard to keep things “bottled up.”

  6. Magnolia Says:

    By the way - I do not consider Bayliss’s remarks racist. Ill-advised,childish, ny particularly funny, but not racist. One of the things that did used to bother me was when he would question why more people would not show up to complain at the afternoon meetings. He used to say, that if they really cared, they would be there. It’s not that easy to get your boss to let you get off work for something like that. I can recall a couple of times when he disparaged people bringing forth letters whwen they could not be there. Apparently it was okay to inconvenience the general public- but not okay to inconvenience the bar owners. You know, the ones that claim their real business comes after 10 pm. Sad to say, he kind of brought this on himself. The refusal to even pass some of the new regs after passing them separately on earlier hearings was simply the icing on the cake - so to speak.

  7. George DeLuca Says:

    Another fifedom comes crashing down … Note to boards and commissions: if you don’t like working for the people, don’t take the job.

  8. JC Says:

    Excellent point Mr. DeLuca! This is precisely the crux of the matter. All public boards, both elected and appointed bodies, the council, school committee, license commission, and all others are there to do the people’s business. When self importance, personalities, personal or private political agendas, self interest, self dealing, or other princely concerns become the driving influence then that public body must be called to account.

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