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Maybe the Gods on Mt. Olympus would expect us mere mortals to ‘turn the other cheek,’ when they lob mud down upon us, via a dead tree rag.
I suggest they task Hermes with getting high speed internet and a few smaht phones.
Soon after the Inaugural, various factions of the Lowell bubble joined the Blog of Record to pester the new Mayor. Why the “prominent Greeks” opted to join the dogpile, we can only speculate. But, join they did.
From April 1, 2012
Last Tuesday, I followed Greg Page back to the Mayor’s office, in pursuit of his earlier comments to the Council. Gazing about the room, I noticed a bust of Pericles in the office. My mind drifted quickly back to Mr. Blackington’s Western Civilization class and I mentally patted myself on the back for recognizing Pericles. Mayor Murphy is a student of the ancients. So much for that, I thought.
ONE ITEM was missing from the mayor’s reception room in City Hall during last weekend’s portion of Greek Independence Day weekend: The bust of Pericles, Greek statesman. It was a gift from Lowell’s Greek community to the mayor’s office as part of last year’s festivities.
The Greek community wanted the bust to sit on the mantel on the left side of the room, across from the portrait of George Washington. The father of Greek democracy and father of American democracy would face one another.
The bust’s location surprised Murphy’s predecessor, James Milinazzo. Milinazzo said someone had suggested he take the bust home upon leaving office. Milinazzo said. “It was my understanding it was supposed to stay in the mayor’s reception room, which is where Sen. (Steve) Panagiotakos said it should be the night the gift was given. The idea is Pericles would balance off the room.”
Local Greeks say they just want to see Pericles back in his rightful place.
Do you find yourself scratching your head after reading the Blog of Record? I do.
Why are “prominent Greeks” approaching the Mayor on this through a flawed emissary, The Sun? Do they think that they need to muster a little public outrage to convince Murphy?
I understand that The Sun is using the ethnic flavor of this matter to drive deeper a wedge between Murphy and segments of the “likley voter” base. The fact that Murphy takes some pride in his ancestry is being exploited by weak political minds that can only manage to brand him, the “Irish Mayor.”
Please tell your friends, Lowell is a city that celebrates diversity. And by celebrate, I hope to mean that we sustain unique identifying qualities of heritage, while concurrently uniting in common purpose, as America calls us to do. Those that wish to use what makes us best, to divide us, are petty and poisonous. Shun such efforts and reinforce what unites us.
Who remembers this?: Translating Progress
Murphy’s approach to campaigning and governing gives me hope. As my own Irish, Scottish, French, Swedish ancestry does not paralyze me, I hope Lowell can progress as the beautiful mutt that it is.
For certain “prominent Greeks” that may need pacification on the matter, maybe some solace can be found in Patrick’s twitter response to this flap.
Patrick Murphy @thinkmurphy
@lylemoran @suneditor What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others #Pericles
8:43 AM - 1 Apr 12via web
No doubt, the 300 are rolling their eyes in Valhalla.
Please reject the petty and the poisonous on this Open Thread.
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