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December 21, 2012

Slow Blogging Holidays Open Thread

by at 1:51 pm.

A new open thread for your enjoyment as we all scramble around trying to get ready for the holidays.

Please take a moment to hold in your mind all those whose Christmas will not be joyful…not just the Sandy Hook family members, but the many people before and since who’ve been victims of violence, particularly gun violence.

And also take the time to enjoy the company of friends and family, because to me celebrating that is part of celebrating the lives of those taken from us. Happy holidays, everyone, whatever it is you celebrate.

PS: did I mention I am grumpy, also, about a special election? Talk about a distraction from our local muni contest. Just sayin’. :)

5 Responses to “Slow Blogging Holidays Open Thread”

  1. Lynne Says:

    Via Facebook: hard to believe this editorial made it into the Lowell Sun! According to Jen Myers on Facebook, the authors are various business and other knowns in Lowell: Rich Bolton, John Chemaly, Nancy Donahue, George Duncan, Michael Gallagher, Jack O’Connor and Len Richards.

    This past weekend, The Sun’s board chairman, Kendall Wallace, in his “Saturday Chat,” added, “the point is he (Manager Lynch) has much to be proud of, particularly the financial picture in Lowell.”

    Notably, this has been done in a period of almost unprecedented economic stress. In spite of that challenging environment, the city has increased its excess levy capacity, reflecting lower than average taxation, more than tripled its financial reserves from $4.2 million to $14.5 million, improved its bond rating, and implemented its first capital plan for reinvestment in municipal infrastructure.

    […]

    The city’s financial turnaround would not have happened without creative fiscal initiatives, and sound and responsible financial management practices, with an eye toward the long-term financial health of this city (including possible state budget cuts in mid-2013). It would not have happened without talented municipal administrators working in a climate where they are treated with respect, and where performance is acknowledged and criticism is constructive and fairly applied.

    A big and cogent endorsement for professional city and fiscal management if I ever heard one.

  2. Prince Charming Says:

    This argument has much more to it than just fiscal health. I was disappointed that they limited their comments to this subject only. Some folks are trying to change the rules of the game at the bottom of the 7th inning. Let’s call it out for what it really is, people. It’s about coronation.

  3. C R Krieger Says:

    re PC’s comment about “limiting their comments”, I thought it was pretty long as it was.  It had a mission and it accomplished it.  I should get so many words in a Letter to the Editor.

    Regards  —  Cliff

  4. Prince Charming Says:

    They’re dancing around the issue. When Mac Donald is for something, I smell pizza. As for the other camp, they realize that the only way to get the mayor’s job is to change the charter.

  5. Magnolia Says:

    To heck with the rest of the stuff. Merry Christmas everyone.

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