Before I type more I would like to be on the record as saying that this proposal is too soon for Lowell. Yes, it has been executed successfully elsewhere. That said, it is too soon for Lowell, where we are not a community saturated with on-line users. Some day this will be a good proposal for Lowell, but not just yet. First we need to do something about providing a free WiFi service to the center of the City. Not all of the City, but parts. And, maybe encouraging Internet Cafes around town. But, we are not yet a netted community in an internet sort of way. Good idea, but not yet.
Then, besides Mr Wallace, there is Blogger Gerry Nutter jumping in on this issue, and suggesting some collusion between the Manager and the Mayor over this Notices issue.
Mr. Manager aside from the sewer tie-in which you know my position on, why did you allow yourself and your Administration to get dragged into this Legal Notice Fiasco?Gerry, what is your evidence?
Is there some bad blood between City Hall and the [local] Paper of Record? Appears so. Should we move beyond this? Definitely. Let us not get into a situation where one has to pick a side. That is a Chairman Mao Phase I Revolutionary War approach. "Side with us or we will kill you and your family and destroy your village." We should all take a deep breath and step back.
And, while I am here, I would like to note that I like The [Lowell] Sun. I have liked it since I arrived in Lowell. Given its fighting class I think it is a better paper than The Boston Globe. Coming here from the DC area, where I read The Washington Post, I was very disappointed in The Boston Globe (I like Joan Vennochi). Boston may be the Hub of the Universe, but based upon the paper, it is a very small and insular universe. One of the things I picked up on early was that The [Lowell] Sun was more responsive regarding international news than was Brand X from Boston. Not as in depth, but more timely.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Remember, articles in The Sun go away after a while, to a different place. I will not be updating their links unless I am bedridden and have read every book in the house. And, besides, the Editor tells me the links cost money after a few weeks. It is the new business model.