Yesterday about noontime there was a political demonstration in front of Lowell City Hall. About 30 people ralled with a big drum, Republican candidate signs, and handmade placards. The demonstrators were campaigning for GOP candidates. Someone told me it was a Tea Party gathering, but I can’t say that for sure. Across Arcand Drive, near Cobblestones Restaurant, three young guys were on the sidewalk with a blue Niki Tsongas sign the size of a billboard. They had come over from Tsongas headquarters on Kirk Street to add a little balance to the scene.
I walked across Arcand to go to my appointment at City Hall. On the sidewalk stood a woman about 40 years old with a handmade sign that read “Niki T. Votes With Nancy P.” I said to the woman, “I’m happy that she does.” Without skipping a beat, the woman shouted at me: “Move to Russia.”
And that’s the way it is, as Walter Cronkite used to say.