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Allow me to highlight this Letter to the Editor:
There are two sides to every story, but no matter how the story of Lowell’s latest political feud ends, I know I’m not alone in saying that Wally has earned the respect and admiration of many people across the city.
If you click in through the hyperlink, you’ll find a warm testimonial that asserts that a measure of a person is greater than the sum of their parts. The LTE’s author reminds us of other parts of Wally Bayliss, ones that many of us may not know.
In my haunts, I frequently hear a person or group dissected into components. We weigh the components on a scale of “good ‘n bad,” hoping to rationalize whether we attack, defend or watch in our next move. I think that is human nature and politcal folks fall into this habit, being mostly human. ;v) This LTE reminds us how our bias, the filter we apply in measuring, can skew the measurement, one way or another.
I don’t like the way Wally Bayliss conducts the people’s business. I will argue that it fails to meet the “industry standard,” set by towns and municipalites in our Commonwealth. I’ve attended a few License Commission meetings and have watched several more on LTC’s video archive page. I’m convinced that Wally Bayliss is not the right fit for the modern era. It is clear, to me, he does not comprehend the role of the institution he chairs. To let him stay on is to accept a mockery of municipal governance, imho.
That is not to say we should make the case against him by shitting on him at every turn. I loathe the mindset that holds a person as only “being as good as their last fuck up.” We are complex beings. Composites of nice-mean, good-evil, cheap-generous, happy-sad, ect. So, I go forth determined to endeavor facilitating Wally moves away from his role in a critical civic function. But, I will try to do it without malice.
Without a doubt, as the LTE attests, Wally Bayliss is much more than what the City Manager & City Solicitor will present in arguement. I can accept that to be true, knowing that it matters nothing to our civic business. I can salute Wally as he goes, accounting for the totality of the man, but go he must.
Update: Kudos to Teddy Panos, whose name has been shortened apparently from O’Panos, for posting a legal analysis of what’s going on.
Update 2: “When your talking about local politics, everybody knows everybody.”
Update 3: Radio Replay: 8/16/2012 Embattled License Commissioner Walter Bayliss calls The Morning Show
Radio Replay: 8/22/2012 Weekly Chat with City Manager Bernie Lynch
Update 4: WCAP is updating their website. This seems to have killed all the links.
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