Murphy starts Team with solid Foundation

Conor Baldwin

According to the SUN (since the administration doesn’t send out Press Releases yet) and these announcements get sent directly to Councilors who pass them on to the paper (has we have seen often with this Council)…

Diane Tradd was named the assistant city manager/director of the Department of Planning and Development. Unless I am mistaken, Diane becomes only the 2nd woman that I recall to hold the title of Asst. City Manager (Roseanne Riddick being the first). Diane has been a steady worker for the City and brings a solid background to the position.

Everyone who has worked with or met Connor Baldwin will tell you what a bright young man he is. (They’ll also tell you he must have gotten that from his mother’s side). He was named permanent CFO.

The Lynch administration saw the talent early and Connor rose quickly. After spending the past few months working with former Cambridge City Manager Bob Healy I’m sure Manager Murphy saw what a talented, hard working and dedicated young man Connor is.

Bob Healy got his start here in Lowell from former Manager Jim Sullivan (and Mayor Dick Howe) who recognized his talent. I’m betting Bob Healy sees a brighter version of himself in Connor. While Connor may not be a prototypical CFO, with his first hand knowledge of the budget and data tracking ability, he is the new breed of CFO’s.

Some may criticize Manager Murphy for his hiring from within for the Asst. Manager / DPD Post but judging by his other appointments it seems the new Manager recognizes talent and appoints those he respects and wants to work with.

In hiring two people who also worked for the city in the former administration, it shows (at least to me) that this Manager isn’t in place to settle scores or political feuds but instead wants to promote those who he sees as dedicated, talented people who want to work with him for the betterment of the City. Hopefully this will quell some murmuring that Murphy is “after” Lynch people.

It is an A+ hiring in my eyes and if the Sun is correct and Mike McGovern will be joining the administration in some capacity, I’d say Manager Murphy is well on his way to assembling a team that can assist him to keep the financial gains the past administration made while hopefully calming the infighting and negativity some departments have faced and improving the economic development to keep moving Lowell forward.

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Sunday Notes July 6th 2014

M. Elliott – Req. City Mgr. prepare a report regarding physician and nursing costs relative to workers compensation.
M. Elliott – Req. City Mgr. prepare a report regarding workers compensation costs for the last five years.

The City of Lowell is SELF INSURED for Workers Compensation. So why after serving for so long on the City Council, is Mayor Elliot so concerned with the cost of it?  Councilor Elliot was the only Councilor to ask questions about this same account during the budget hearings. One of those rumors that keep floating around the bubble is that a Police Officer who is a friend of the Mayor is being forced off workers comp. and back to work. Clearly a conflict if it is true but the paper or a fellow councilor should ask the Mayor about his sudden interest in workers comp after serving for 16 years. You would think by now he would understand that issue.

Speaking of not understanding, I don’t get why Councilors offer motions that they have absolutely no power, authority or under the Plan E Charter have any connection with at all. Unless Lowell is going to offer Fort Hill Park for a prison or the Sheriff wants a new House of Corrections in Lowell, Why in the world is this motion on the Council Agenda?

C. Mercier – Req. City Mgr. work with the City Solicitor with support from the Police Chief to create a letter and the proper vote demanding our judges enforce the state gun law; which mandates incarceration for one year to anyone in violation of the state gun law.

I’ve read the Plan E Charter, did I miss the part that states a City Council can DEMAND ANYTHING from ANY Judge?

Is it just me or are we seeing more and more citizens appearing before the Council to air their concerns?

Misc. – Norma Fusco request to address Council regarding condition of crosswalk at corner of Middlesex and Central Streets.
7.3. Misc. – Atty. Qua, Hall, Harvey & Walsh for Klas D. & Anita Romberg request easement from City of Lowell owner of Fairview Street to travel to and from their lot to Starr Avenue.
7.4. Misc. – Janet C. Paz Request to address City Council regarding house being built on corner of Alma & Rosemont Street.

Don’t feel bad for those Adjuncts Profs at ULowell who teach One or two Courses per Semester according to a Google search.

Contract for UMass Lowell Adjuncts Signed Union members at UMass Lowell overwhelmingly voted on May 18th to ratify the first ever contract for UML adjuncts. The yes vote counted was 97.25% with 25% of members coming in person to cast their votes.

Below are the contract highlights:

1. Significant raises with starting base salary at $4,000 per 3 credit course in humanities, $4,500 for 3 credit courses in Science, Math and engineering; $5,000 for 3 credit courses for Management and business.

2. In addition to base salaries above, Faculty with terminal degrees will receive additional $500 per course plus 10% increase of the base salary rate for Senior adjuncts working for 5 years or more and a total of 10 courses taught.

3. The above raises and new salary structure will be retroactive to Spring Term of 2012.

4. Across the board increases for the next six semesters @1.75% for every 6 months.

Nice Part time work,if you can get it!

Has the City Solicitor ever made a public ruling whether School Committee members who work for a Non-Profit even in a “Different Division” can legally vote on a contract the School dept. has with that Non-Profit? Same question regarding a Councilor who serves on the same board?

The Ethics Commission states: A non-profit organization which sells certain products to municipalities is a business organization for the purposes of 268A. Accordingly, a selectman who serves as a member of a board of directors of a non-profit organization must abstain from official participation in matters in which the organization has a financial interest.

Is a service for students or the poor/needy considered a product?

The Ethics Site also list the following information: A municipal employee generally may not have a financial interest in a municipal contract, including a second municipal job. A municipal employee is also generally prohibited from having an indirect financial interest in a contract that the city or town has with someone else. This provision is intended to prevent municipal employees from having an “inside track” to further financial opportunities.

Example of violation : A city councilor wants to work for a non-profit that receives funding under a contract with her city. Unless she can satisfy the requirements of an exemption under Section 20, she cannot take the job.

I wonder how many votes and contracts involving CTI has Connie Martin signed or approved? After the way she handled Jean Franco’s and Chris Scott’s contract, maybe it is time to find out if her handling of CTI contracts are fair.

Finally I leave you with this. We in Lowell are very fortunate to have a Forum named Lowell Live Feed on Facebook where professional people like former Asst. City Manager Adam Baacke can address questions and comments that stem from council motions like this.

M. Elliott – Req. City Mgr have CFO prepare report regarding costs and operations of the solar field at the former landfill.

We investigated solar on the landfill on multiple occasions dating back to the Cox administration (before any council motions on the topic). The problem for years, both before and when C. Elliott inquired about it, was that the mid-1990s methane extraction contract gave that company what amounted to a veto over any other energy related use. As a result there was no way to proceed with any bid process for rights that the city had already granted to the methane contractor in the 1990s and no solar contractor could negotiate with the methane company without having assurances they’d get rights from the city that it couldn’t award until the methane firm waived that clause in their contract. The Ameresco contract was the breakthrough to this log jam. By awarding the rights to do solar projects along with the larger energy services contract, Ameresco was in a position to negotiate with the methane company and make a deal that worked for all three parties, especially the city. Unfortunately C. Elliott was so adamantly opposed to the Ameresco contract that he didn’t seem to take the opportunity to appreciate that it was essential to getting past the issue with the methane contractor. I completely agree with Bernie about the reasons why c. Elliott’s requests for wind turbines on the site weren’t feasible.

As a matter of fact, another Professional named Lynch also shares some info on the subject of the old landfill.

Bob, solar was always possible at the site though there were issues relative to putting anything on a closed landfill, especially one that we subsequently learned had some outstanding DEP issues which was why the Ameresco approach was the most appropriate. I think you’re confusing the solar idea with a request that Councilor Elliott made on several occasions for putting wind turbines at the site. That wasn’t doable given the landfill cap and the lack of adequate wind at that site.

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The Final Text of the Declaration of Independence July 4 1776

Have a great weekend!

This is the final version of the text. Some phrases are different in the first drafts. These are indicated as a link to the first draft (GN I only linked a few since they all lead to the same place). There you can read the original wording.

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –

Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In Jefferson’s draft there is a part on slavery here

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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Lowell Curfew, should Police act as chauffeurs for Juveniles? Is $50 going to deter anyone?

On The City Council Agenda for next week, the Mayor (aside from again going after items connected to Workers Comp) has this motion.

M. Elliott – Req. City Mgr. have the LPD strictly enforce the Curfew Ordinance.

Now I did recall the City passing a strong Curfew Ordinance but I also recall the City losing a challenge in Court to the ruling. The Ordinance on the City of Lowell Website seems to be unenforceable, at least the criminal aspect.

Apparently the Mayor is so busy going after Worker’s Compensation Issues (keeps the rumor alive he’s mad because a friend/supporter is being forced back to work ) that maybe he forgot Lowell lost a Court Case. The result is at most Police can drive “youths” home or fine them $50

Is that what we want our officers focusing on? If you google Lowell Curfew Ordinance you find these headlines and stories:

MASSACHUSETTS LAW IMPOSING YOUTH CURFEWS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Striking down a city ordinance that I am sure was well-meaning and not malignant in its intent, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) yesterday ruled unconstitutional a city of Lowell ordinance making it a crime of youths under the age of 17 to be on city streets after 11:00 PM unless accompanied by an adult.
This case was a classic civil liberties challenge to government oversight of public conduct that, in itself, is benign. The municipal ordinance was passed by the city of Lowell in 1994, after that city was wracked by years of youthful violence and youth gang activity.

Mass. high court rejects teen curfew’s criminal penalties

BOSTON — The state’s highest court has struck down criminal punishments for teens who violate the city of Lowell’s curfew, ruling that the penalties unconstitutionally infringe on the teens’ fundamental right of free movement.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled 7-0 in Commonweath v. Weston that the criminal sanctions “contradict well-established goals of rehabilitating, not incarcerating, juvenile offenders.”

The Sept. 25 ruling came in the case of two youths who were arrested for violating a curfew Lowell enacted in 1994 as the city struggled with an increase in gang violence, including a fatal baseball-bat attack on a 16-year-old boy in a city park. The curfew prohibits teens under 17 from being out between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Lowell is one of more than 200 cities and towns across the country that passed curfews in the 1990s. In Massachusetts, Chicopee, Lynn and North Adams are among the communities with curfews.

The criminal sanctions included in Lowell’s curfew include a $300 fine and a possible court finding of delinquency, which allows judges to commit minors to state custody until they reach 18.

The court found that the criminal prosecution of a minor, with the potential for state commitment, “is an extraordinary and unnecessary response.”

So should the Lowell Police really spend their night chauffeuring minors home? Does anyone really think that a majority of the late night issues are caused by kids 17 and under?

At the risk of getting called a negative ninnie by WCAP’s Great Defender, isn’t this motion just a political grandstand to generate positive press while in reality a waste of time for this Council and the Lowell Police?

Does anyone think that 15, 16, 17 year old kids out after 11:00 have parents who really care what the Mayor or Councilors think? Does he really think a parent or a juvenile who is out after 11:00 will all of a sudden change because he’s trying to act tough and take a stand?

Really this is political posturing at its worse. It’s a joke and a waste of city time and resources.

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Manager Murphy’s on the Clock

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Now that the City Budget has been completed and a new fiscal year has begun, City Manager Kevin Murphy is on the clock. It’s time for the Manager who is almost 90 days into his sentence term to start filling key positions and crafting together his team.

To be sure, former Cambridge City Manager Bob Healy has been a great asset to the city and Manager Murphy has seen first hand the value of Conner Baldwin working with Mr. Healy on the budget but it is time to see Manager Murphy’s team.

Here’s a list that I am aware of that need to be filled:

A full-time CFO / Asst. City Manager who is also DPD Director / Executive Director for the Water Department / Economic Development Director and Building Commissioner.

Soon the July 4th Holiday will be behind us, the Manager starting next week has to start making announcement that he is assembling his team. He needs to show us who and how he will start to carry out his goals that were outlined in the budget and the goals of a City Council who have spent their first six months embarrassing themselves carrying on searches for a City Manager and Auditor.

Many of the Councillors and the Manager have outline Economic Development has a priority issues. This is going to be a major focus and in all likelihood the toughest issue facing the Manager. Since January the news hasn’t been great for the City regarding businesses. Since this Council took over in January, Lowell has seen a list of businesses leaving or downsizing and for a group of Councilors who campaigned on Economic Development this isn’t the news they want.

Autoliv ASP, Inc. Auto safety R&D and manufacturing Lowell 8/1/14 – 12/9/14 93 Jobs to be eliminated Pawtucket Blvd

Genesis HealthCare – Glenwood Center facility Health care Lowell 2/20/14 – 3/20/14 86 Jobs eliminated, business boarded up on Varnum Ave.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Financial Services Lowell
3/31/14 – 12/31/14 60 Jobs being eliminated at the former Wang Towers

Even City Councilor Belanger Chair of the Economic Sub-Committee is closing his downtown business in late July.
(Last I heard his intentions are to try to copy the success of the Old Court a true Irish Pub, by reopening something named Wicked Irish. Good Luck to that.)

Based on Manager Murphy’s appointments to the License and Election Commissions I’m looking forward to seeing him assemble a team to not only keep Lowell financially sound has the Lynch Administration did but to work out the issues in the various city depts. and provide some positive economic growth for the city.

It is a tough task but one he has accepted so beginning Monday July 7th, we expect to see a team announced and an administration to lead Lowell into the next few fiscal years get underway in earnest.

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Panos : Defense was for Mayor Rodney Elliot

Teddy Panos wanted to be clear, his defense was for the Mayor.

Yes, Calling people negative Ninnies because they dare question why Rodney held a press conference is what led to his threatening candidates who may run next year. He goes on to attack Facebook posters for all the negativity.

(Does he listen to himself? Isn’t he being negative toward a group of people he disagrees with?)

It was the day before he attacked people and called them negative ninnies for questioning Corey. He defends these people so much and so often the days run together for me.

I ask again:

WHERE WERE YOU TEDDY IN 2011-2012-2013 WHEN THE NEGATIVITY WAS AGAINST THE LYNCH ADMINISTRATION AND MAYOR MURPHY? OH WAIT YOU DIDN’T CARE THEN BECAUSE RODNEY, COREY AND COMPANY ARE YOU SPONSORS AND SOURCES OF INFORMATION!

YOUR A GLORIFIED BLOGGER PUSHING THE AGENDA OF THOSE YOU SUPPORT AND TRYING TO THREATEN THOSE THAT WILL NOT LET PEOPLE FORGET THE LAST TWO YEARS. YOU SEEM TO THINK IT IS OKAY TO ATTACK PEOPLE ON THE RADIO, CALLING THEM NAMES LIKE NEGATIVE NINNIES BUT PEOPLE SHOULDN’T ATTACK THE MAYOR, YOU OR COUNCILORS YOU SUPPORT ON A BLOG OR A FACEBOOK PAGE!

How can one argue with such logic??

Teddy can spin his view and his defense of his Mayor, his Councilors, his stations endorsed candidates, anyway he wants for 4 hours a day 5 days a week on a station whose part owner supported most anti-Lynch candidates according to OCPF regards. I just don’t understand why he thinks that it is okay for him to use public airways to support these people but disagreeing with the same people and posting it in a public forum is wrong?

Especially when HIS MAYOR has been the biggest NEGATIVE NINNIE IN LOWELL FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS.

Apparently Teddy doesn’t think people have the right to question a politicians act. No matter that this particular politician was the most negative, diverse and trouble creating City Councilor the past 2-3 years.

WHY? If it is wrong to be negative in 2014, why wasn’t it wrong in 2013 or 2012? Teddy fails to address that. Where was this soapbox telling everyone to hold hands and drink the kool-aid the past two years?

Provide us a couple clips showing you calling for love and unity then Ted? We know the attack clips with Bayliss and Camacho exist.

Answer the question, When has WBZ 1030 or WRKO 680 EVER endorsed a list of candidates for Boston City Council? How come for the first time in my 40+ years of listening, did WCAP endorse a slate of candidates who were mostly Anti-Lynch?

Anyone ever recall Teddy chastising Rodney the way he loves to chastise bloggers and citizens who opposed the childish acts of Rodney and Corey? NO me either.

How dare people use a public forum to criticize elected official. What is this a Democracy? Apparently Teddy thinks only WCAP personalities have the right to share their political opinions with the public and call people names.

Teddy wanted to share the clip below showing he was defending the Mayor calling people names, saying they hate Lowell because they have the nerve to disagree or question whether the Mayor was pulling a political stunt.

Calling people out who are divisive in 2014 and kissing Rodney’s and Corey’s ASS, after letting Rodney and Corey and CO. attack the past Manager, Mayor and that Administration the past year or so. That seems fair and unbiased.

Apparently Teddy thinks people can’t see he is clearly playing favorites. What seems clear is his opinion that No freedom of speech allowed that doesn’t support Teddy’s Mayor or Councilors.

If you are thinking about running for office in Lowell, oppose the Mayor and his childish temper tantrums in 2011-2012-2013 and have the nerve to criticize the actions of those Teddy likes….

DON’T APPEAR ON THE MORNING SHOW ON WCAP!

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Sunday Notes June 29th 2014

Warned

Did you hear Teddy Panos issue his warning to those that dare speak, post on Facebook, twitter, instagram or on any BLOG or public forum, that if he disagrees with your opinion, if he thinks you are being negative against councilors he supports, against the CVB or anything else that Teddy thinks is good, then he will use the air time he has on the radio station to knock you and your candidacy should you run for public office in Lowell.

If you listened early on Friday, he stated he would go after those he thinks are negative, he has saved Facebook Post. He knows your Facebook friends or groups you belong to, if people who support you , hold signs for you, are your supporters on the ground, and in his opinion are negative or critical in Teddy’s eyes and you don’t publicly chastise them, then he is going after you for what they say.

Knowing that he intends to be nothing but negative towards you, why would you go on or buy airtime on the station?

He said this Friday morning after not only I on Wednesday and the Lowell Sun Column Blog Thursday, but a Facebook discussion, dared suggest and discuss, not accuse, not state has fact, but dare even to bring up the topic that there APPEARED to be a possible conflict of Interest concerning his friend and business neighbor, City Councilor Corey Belanger (They have held at least 1 joint event between the Athenian and Majors).

Let’s not also forget Majors pays (we assume) to advertise on WCAP and that in one such ad Ryan Johnston says something to the affect that “Our own Teddy Panos says Majors has the best Steak Tips in Lowell.

Teddy wants everyone NOW to get along, hold hands, sing “Kumbaya”and proclaim the love for Lowell. Forget the fact that last year, many were beating up the past Administration and Mayor Murphy. Or that WCAP for the first time in my memory, Endorsed a Group of Candidates for Election in Lowell who were mostly anti-Bernie Lynch.

Please show me where and when WBZ 1030 or WRKO 680 EVER endorsed a list of candidates for Boston City Council? It must just be a coincidence that most of those endorsed received financial support from WCAP minority investor Dave Daley (just check the OCPF records). Where was Teddy’s concern about the negativity surrounding then Manager Lynch and Mayor Murphy?

Remember, disgraced and disgruntled former Inspectional Services Department Commissioner Robert Camacho was brought out of Mothballs to attack Lynch in 2013 after resigning ion 2010. There was No legitimate reason to bring him on. He was gone, disgraced and yet they brought him on the Morning Show and used him to attack LYNCH about the LHA. Which is a semi-state run agency, NOT run by the City.

Where was this let’s all play nice together attitude in 2013 when the anti-Lynch people were attacking the former Manager on a regular basis and you were using disgraced ex city workers to help them? Why was that negativity okay but now that your binkies are in office, no negative words may be spoken?

In my opinion Teddy Panos and for that matter George Anthes are no different than myself, Lynn, Jack, Tom Duggan or Dick Howe. We are all people with a voice and a forum who are not afraid to express our opinion. Teddy and George are nothing more than glorified bloggers who are on the radio/local public access. While they probably reach a far greater amount of people, they are just as negative, biased and critical has they accuse others of being.

The big difference is most of us know exactly who we are and what we do. Ted and George especially, try to pretend to be “professional”, unbiased, above the fray and fair. They are not and Teddy at least admitted it to the listening audience on Friday,

Teddy protects Corey, Rodney and those Councilors and power brokers who seem to feed him information. George protects Ed Kennedy, Rita (Monday Night Super Club) and Brian Bond (because Brian does his show and invites George on his show in Dracut.)

You can accuse me of protecting Bernie (while you choose to forget my attacks on him regarding the IG letter, the Fire Alarm Boxes, The comment on the open Mic against Rodney, my defending Rodney’s daughter, the Bathroom issues at the Soccer field, the removing of the trash barrels throughout the city) or Jean Franco or John Leahy because that serves your argument. I get the last word here. Just as they do on their shows.

The difference is I call the situation as I see it on a case by case basis. If I agree I support you, if I disagree I whack you. Rita Mercier, Jim Leary, Connie Martin, Kevin Murphy and Kristen Ross Sitawich can all vouch to that being true.

Both Teddy and George love to dish it out but get upset and offended when they are called out. They usually ask: What did I do? I let everyone on! I welcome discussion. Yes they do, just has long as they can control the discussion and get in the last word. (The exact thing some accuse the host of Saturday Morning Live of doing),

So if you are thinking about running for office in Lowell and don’t agree with Ted Panos and are willing to be critical of this council or say anything that can even be considered to be negative, save your $$ and time and skip advertising or appearing on the Morning Show.

You’ve been WARNED!

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