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I am getting whiplash trying to follow what Walter Bayliss said to whom, what he knew, what he felt, what he meant to say or what was thought he said. This matter (the City Manager asking Mr. Bayliss to leave the Licensing Board and subsequent lawsuit and eventual settlement) has given the fine art of spinning a new meaning. Gerry has a series of post on the subject covering some of the background material.
I appreciate Mr. Bayliss’ attorney’s (Peter Nicosia) comments which he made to the Sun, “I think both sides should bask in the warm glow of closure.” But shouldn’t that begin with his client?
Now let me see if I understand correctly, Mr. Bayliss wanted a public discussion on the “settlement” between him and the City but his lawyer informed that it was not allowed in the agreement. So, should I believe that Mr. Bayliss, who sat for years on a Licensing Board facing business owners and their attorneys, did not understand the ramifications or terms of the document he signed. Is that what I should understand?
Meanwhile we have some City Councilors pushing for a public discussion or inviting Mr. Bayliss to the Executive Session. Whether Mr. Bayliss misled or misspoke while talking to City Councilor Rita Mercier is between him and her. What concerns me is what is the City Council’s end game and what influence Mr. Bayliss continues to have on the City Councilors, if any.
If you have 15 minutes, please listen and watch your City Council discussing this issue. The discussion should have taken 3 - 4 minutes but it went on for about quarter of an hour.
Ms. Christine O’Connor, our City Solicitor, should be highly praised and thanked for her patient attempt to skillfully answer the City Council questions while keeping them from creating additional legal problems for the City.
Let see if the City Council will bask in the warm glow of closure or choose to continue what has now become a melodrama.
For those of you who have done campaign work before, you probably have at least heard of “Relentless” Kate Donoghue, Democratic activist extraordinaire, who will come to your house and drag you out of bed for a canvass if she has to. (At least, everything just short of that!)
She came to Lowell just a few weeks ago and pulled a mess of people out into the streets and canvassing for Elizabeth Warren, and is doing so again this weekend. She does an excellent job of making a canvass an “event” - tying the work with family-friendly activity…in Lowell, this means a canal tour in the morning or a visit to the historic mills before hitting the doors.
Well a few of us are headed back to Lowell on Saturday [9/15]. We’re meeting at 10:45 AM at the Visitor’s Center at 246 Market Street. This is the time people need to be there if you want to go on the boat ride. This time we’ll deploy canvassers at 10:45 as well. The rest of the day is flexible. The train from North Station arrives at 10:43 AM. Please let me know if you will be arriving by train.
On Saturday, if you’ve done the boat ride, we’re suggesting a tour of the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. According the website, “It includes the weave room plus interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution, labor, and the rise, fall, and rebirth of Lowell.” At 11 AM there is a ranger led tour that is free with the $6 admission.
10:45 AM Meet at Visitor’s Center. Choose one:
- Boat Ride $8
- Boott Cotton Mills Museum and Tour
12:30 Second wave of canvassers head out, after sightseeing.
Following canvassing, pick a restaurant and relax.
So come to see the sights and then canvass or let family sight see while you volunteer, but please join us. RSVP to KateDonaghue AT aol DOT com.
We can’t win if we don’t turn out the votes. Canvassing is the best way to talk to voters. I’m going to try to make it to the morning canvass, myself. God help me, at least it’ll save me from Kate.
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