For John, BLUF: What is the new civility? Nothing to see here; just move along.
For the last week or so the Host of City Life, Professor George Anthes, has been calling for civility on the part of City Officials, elected and appointed. It is almost like he has reverted to his Democrat Party youth in calling for a new civility.♠ Democrats, as we well know, have, ever since the Rep Gabby Giffords shooting, been calling for a new civility. And now they are bashing the Republican over some mythical "war on women". But, City Life Host George Anthes is focused like a laser beam on local uses of terms that suggest disrespect toward other City Officials.
Today's edition of The [Lowell] Sun has an article ("School panel: City's $3.8M shortfall is 'irresponsible'") which suggests that perhaps Mr Anthes is on to something.♥ The reporter is Mr Lyle Moran. Here are some of the quotes:
Member David Conway called the shortfall the result of "mismanagement" and "irresponsible" actions on the part of both school and city officials.Then there is this:
Member Stephen Gendron said of the shortfall: "It was a gross mistake. We should have gotten the $3.8 million."If someone accused me of a "gross mistake" I wouldn't take too kindly to it.
"To me this is negligence on the part of the administration," Elliott said. "We should have been made aware of this huge deficit a long time ago."My dictionary says, regarding the law, negligence is "failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another."
I wonder when we get to "fighting words".
At any rate, tune in to City Life tomorrow (live from six to eight and on replay from four to six) on LTC Channel 8. The show is also available on line, here.
Regards — Cliff
♠ That said, he is a loyal member of the Ward 1 Republican City Committee.
♥ Remember, articles in The [Lowell] 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.