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Chris, Dick and Gerry have already posted on this past week’s City Council meeting. but I want to focus on a couple of issues. First, I have been closely following City poliitics for decades and have been blogging on this issue for about 7 years. Last Tuesday’s meeting was a low point.
I have lived in Lowell for decades under the rule of many City Councils but Tuesday night’s performance left me wonder what happened to meetings that focused on pubilc policy issues. When did the City Council meetings turn into petty inside political football?
I want to focus on the comments of City Councilor Ed Kennedy or should I say his accusatory questioning of the City Manager:
The agenda item on the floor was the appointment of my good friend, Cliff Krieger to the Licensing Commission. He is a good citizen, intelligent, kind and fair. He will do a great job serving this City. I am quite glad that he chose to answer this call to duty has he had all the other previous ones.
Here is a 7-minute video clip of the meeting. (You can watch the entire meeting courtesy of your public access television stations, LTC. The video is available through their website or as repeat on Channel 99).
First of all. Where and how did CC Kennedy discuss this issue with a potential candidate? Did he discuss this appointed with all potential candidates or just this one? How did HE know who the Manager interviewed to? He interregoate the Manager but fails to explain to us, how he came across this piece of information. Did the person complain to him or merely said it in passing? Who initiated the conversation?
Secondly, what is wrong with being a BLOGGER? The great majority of us are activists, home-owning, tax-paying residents. We have decided to utilize social media to make our point and try to draw others into the discussion. Others have chosen other methods.
You may not like what we have to say but guess what, there are plenty of people who do not like what is said on the radio, local access television, and even the newspaper. Hard to believe but not everyone is enamored with how the paper covers Lowell civic and political life.
What is this public disdain for certain Lowell voters? You are elected by a few but swore to serve all. Our views are just as legitimate as those who send you e-mail, grab you at coffee shop, whisper in your ear at meetings, or call you to give you advice.
By the way, blogs in general, and this one in particular are not going away. LiL will be celebrating its 8th bithday sometimes this Spring. BTW, do you think the Mayor will give us a Citation. Just Kidding!!!
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