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Update: As I was saying, we should look out for this sort of thing.
“Those Were The Days”
by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days.
Didn’t need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great. Those were the days.
And you know who you were then, girls were girls and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent.
Freaks were in a circus tent. Those were the days.
Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win.
Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin.
Hair was short and skirts were long. Kate Smith really sold a song.
I don’t know just what went wrong. Those Were The Days.
I’m often reminded that Lowell politics is NOT about bygone days. Although there is a whole faction of Lowell’s political bubble, and their extended family, that is running under the banner, “From Lowell. For Lowell..”
Whatever was in the past, is with us today. Some of the past MUST be embraced. We stand on the shoulders of many, many good deeds, propagated by great people. Some of the past, must be buried, like so many Billy Barnoski’s.
How to sort through these choices is difficult for a thinking, feeling person that loves their City.
Above, I found this door hanger on Christian Hill. So, I took the picture and opted to post it here, in an effort to get you to mull over what it means, TO YOU.
I personally like the two guys pictured on the door hanger. Is that enough? For some. I’ll disclose, right now, I don’t intend on voting for Dan Rourke. But, I am not hardened to that decision. We have all the forums in front of us. So, it would not be fair to just blacken out Rourke’s name in my mind. Like I have for C.Elliott & C.Kennedy. Their track record has pitted me against their politics. Rourke would be a much better Councilor, on a day to day operational basis. In talks I’ve had with Rourke, he comes across as fair and willing to listen. Which, honestly, is square one for any candidate. (Fred Doyle is the polar opposite of what a candidate should be.)
But, I’m leaning, “Maybe next time, Dan.”
For now, I will watch who embraces Rourke in public? Who donates to his campaign? Who goes to his campaign events? How the local Unions lift him within their ranks? What you see and what I see, will likely be different. This is an ‘eye of the beholder’ thing.
As it stands, Rourke is favored to be a city counclior, come January of 2014. That said, ask John Leahy if having a strong birth certificate gets you to the finish line in November.
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