In the middle of last week I went to the Campaign Kick-Off for City Councilor James L. Milinazzo (pictured right). Isn't it intresting that when the Councilors are lined up alphabetically, Councilor Milinazzo is last. There is a stretch of 13 letters ignored.
At any rate, Challenger Ray Weicker (he claims not to be related to Lowell Weicker) was there and someone pointed out to him he needed an answer to the question of what he would cut to save money. There was some debate, Lawyer Weicker wondering it any answer wouldn't just make enemies and another suggesting he would look uninformed and wishy-washy if he dodged the question.
With two current members of the City School Committee standing there, I suggested he could say he would cut the School Committee to save money.
I was joking. The education of our youth is critical to the future of this City. Not the only key factor, but still sine qua non.♠
But, it raises an interesting question. One of the two School Committee members I was standing with has been in The Lowell Sun two days in a row. (Located, at least for a while, here and here and here.) And, she has been the subject of discussion over at Left in Lowell and the Lowell Shallott promises it's own opinion on Monday (I urge caution here, as the Lowell Shallott can be a little rough.
At this point I should point out that I actually know Regina and have for about a decade. From time to time I have been on WCAP with Regina and George Anthes. I have phoned in when Regina was on in the afternoon to disagree with her on this or that issue. Also from time to time I have electronically forwarded items on terrorism as they have come into my hands. On the other hand, we do not carry on a continuing dialogue, on line or in person.
Another point is that the supposed threats sound a little off key. While I have never been threated by Regina, or anybody else connected with the school system, the idea that it would be the arms then the head just doesn't sound right to my ear. Normally when I have heard something like that it has been more like "I am going to rip his lips off" or "I am going to rip his head off and ... ." The second is a common enough expression, as I confirmed at dinner the other night. On the other hand, an expression not common enough that I hear it frequently. I wonder if Ms Scott misheard, or Ms Faticanti misspoke; or they cleaned it up for the family newspaper.
Frankly, I am somewhat dubious about the criminal case. On the other hand, I am not a lawyer. In the end, it might go away. Or not. In saying that I am not trying to influence the jury pool. But, is the criminal case, as someone suggested earlier, a setup for the "hostile workplace" issue?
The issue of a "hostile work environment" came up in an article in Friday's The Lowell Sun. The School Committee is forming up to talk about it. That said, several members want to wait and see what happens with the legal case. (That is a polite way of saying they wish to kick the can down the road, committee member Jackie Doherty notwithstanding.)
This could go on forever—or at least past the election in November. I am just saying that the wheels of justice tend to grind slowly, notwithstanding our right to a speedy trial.
Let us assume that Ms Faticanti wins reelection in November. (At this point I would think that is the way to bet.) There is, so far, only one potential challenger who has taken out papers to run for School Committee, or so I hear. Further, I hear that she has also taken out papers for City Council.
So, in making our scenario, let us assume that the School Committee becomes a hostile work environment for Ms Faticanti in 2010 and she resigns and moves to Harvard, Mass. Who would take her place? Special election?
Where am I going with this? We need to be doing something to crank up enthusiasm on the part of our fellow residents to run for office. I played "sacrificial lamb" twice, so I am looking for a bunch of you other folks to take at least one stab at it. Sure, you will be beaten. That is part of life. The good news is that you will be helping to make the City a better place by helping to make the incumbents less secure and by helping to form up issues and by giving your fellow residents some options on the ballot.
♠ I know, but this one I knew, but had to look up the spelling. "The indispensable and essential action, condition, or ingredient." If President Andy Jackson can use it, I can use it.
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