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The Blog of Record’s Blogger-in-Chief penned, what is effectively, a carbon copy of former License Commissioner Ray Weicker’s Facebook musings, re: the CM’s apology to the City Council. No one I have talked to has accused Jim Campanini of ever having an original thought in his head. This observation has, apparently, not made its way across the continental divide to The Sun’s home office. (Ha! The Lowell Sun is run by a “blow in” and owned by a company HQ’d in Denver.)
Here is Campi’s closing argument. See how he narrows the universe to a small few.
In disrespecting one councilor, Lynch disrespected all nine — as well as the citizens of Lowell who elected them.
For clarity, I’ll post CM Lynch’s closing lines: “My comment to myself on Tuesday night was not intended to be public and but for the presence of a live microphone it would never have been heard. I inadvertently let my frustration show and I apologize to the Council for that.”
The Devil is in the details, they say. Campi’s assertion is wrong headed, no doubt. Let’s take a closer look.
In disrespecting one councilor, Lynch disrespected all nine —
This part is fine. The CM obviously realizes this, as he apologizes to “the Council.” The part that sticks out to me, is how Campi is compelled to spell out “nine.” He even uses the words, “all nine,” as if nine was inclusive enough. As if some high threshold has been met.
as well as the citizens of Lowell
This blurb is most correct, in my book. I will simply note the restrictive word “citizen,’ where resident would suffice to be more inclusive. This speaks to Campi’s narrow view that non-citizen’s are of less import. My wife is a Resident Alien. Ask the CNAG officers, if you like, if she holds up her end of the social contract.
who elected them.
Yes. You have a nose on your face! Further, as plain as that, Jim Campanini and the small minded, parochial politics spewed forth by desperate politicians who see ‘voters’ as the target of their prolific pandering, it’s “all” about who “elected them.” If you were to follow the mindset of the Blogger-in-Chief, Lowell has a population of 9,946.
That holy universe of sacred Lowellians include, if the broader rhetoric is to be reviewed, includes home owners and no others. It certainly includes the politcal Brahmin class and the Downtown Mob, or “the Bubble,” as we have dubbed them. For Campi, it definately includes anybody that buys ad space in his dead tree rag.
Your taste may vary, but it is obvious that there are enough of us that see Lowell, and how it is governed, accounts for 106,000+ Lowellians. City Manager Lynch’s apology was owed to all of us. Lynch sullied the people’s business. For that, he is contrite. This is a notion that the small minded & ego driven personalities occupying public office or publish weak tea will miss completely. Our responsibility is to find more Lowellians willing to vote in Local elections. It’s easy for the petty power mongers to discount the value of their neighbors, if we stay quite on election day.
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