A new history book about Lowell by Richard P. Howe Jr and Chaim Rosenberg to be published on March 11, 2013. To order a copy and to learn about local readings and book signings, check out our Legendary Locals of Lowell page.
Gay marriage may be legal in New Hampshire but the state’s largest newspaper – the Union Leader – will not publish gay marriage announcements.
According to an Associated Press story by Kathy McCormack published in tomorrow’s Nashua Telegram:
“The New Hampshire Union Leader of Manchester said it has a constitutional right to choose what to print.
Publisher Joe McQuaid said the paper isn’t “anti-gay,” but believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. He said the paper is opposed to a recent state law legalizing gay marriage.
“While the law sanctions gay marriage, it neither demands that churches perform them or that our First Amendment right to choose what we print be suspended,” McQuaid said. “In accordance with that right, we continue our longstanding policy of printing letters to the editor from New Hampshire citizens, whether or not they agree with us.”
Read the story on-line here at the Nashua Telegraph.
I can’t link to the full text of this week’s article by Lauren Collins (“All Together Now!”) in the New Yorker about efforts to reshape the civic culture in the United Kingdom because it is restricted to subscribers. Following is a link to the summary version that is available online. Those interested in more can read it at their public or school library or pick up a copy at the newsstand. What interests me is the hybrid conservatism in the new Tory party and the impressive government coaliton that the Conservatives formed with the Liberal Democrats. The heavy-duty austerity moves announced this week may or may not work, and the attempt to engage citizens more actively at the community level may fall short, but I’ll be watching to see whether this approach yields positive results up and down the financial scale. Some leading economists predict that the government budget cuts will do nothing or, worse, may cause a double dip of a recession. I do get the sense that they are trying to drag government functions into the 21st century and looking for new solutions to age-old problems. They seem to have less faith in the almighty market compared to US conservatives and more faith in the good sense of regular citizens. As much as anything else, their mindset reminded me of President Kennedy’s famous statement in his inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” They seem to be turning this concept into an extreme sport—overnight. The risk of it not being effective is being carried most heavily by people dependent on the public safety net. Read the summary here.
In the wake of the controversial firing of senior analyst Juan Williams, are you looking for some information about NPR - its origins and funding? Calls and threats are being made from some quarters to have the Congress “de-fund” public radio and televison.
NPR – National Public Radio – was created in 1970 following congressional passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of1967. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed this act into law on November 7, 1967. This law established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and created PBS – the Public Broadcasting System in addition to NPR. The local NPR station is Boston’s WBUR-90.9 FM – http://www.wbur.org/.
Boston.com today has a slide show of images of an ambitious new public art installation in Dorchester’s Everett Square. Artist Laura Baring-Gould’s bronze objects all refer to elements of the community’s history and culture. See the slide show here.
“Creating Books for Young Readers,” a talk by widely known children’s book illustrator and author David Macaulay.
Monday, Oct. 25, 1 pm to 3 pm, in O’Leary Library auditorium, Room 222, 61 Wilder Street, UMass Lowell South Campus. Visitor parking is available in the visitor lot on Wilder Street, but visitors must go first to the parking booth on Solomont Way, around the corner off Broadway, to obtain a parking pass.
This program, free and open to the public, is presented by UMass Lowell in partnership with the Brush Gallery and Studios. For more information, contact Prof. Jehanne-Marie Gavarini at firstname.lastname@example.org
The New England Orchestra and Lowell Youth Orchestra with the Arezzo String Trio as special guests offer a colorful palette of music that evokes the transitory beauty and color-shifting wonder of the season plus a dose of haunting Halloween mood. Kay G. Roberts conducts.
Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
This concert is part of the second season of free concerts by NEO in alliance with the UMass Lowell Music Dept. faculty and students and the Lowell Youth Orchestra. The program is supported by the UMass President’s Creative Economy Initiatives Fund.
This video, put out by the Sean Bielat for Congress campaign, is causing quite a buzz. But there is an even bigger buzz being generated by the insulting remarks made by Ladd Ehlinger, the producer of the YouTube video.
Ehlinger said “A television ad, you’re buying all the fat, lazy people who are too stupid to change the channel or mute the television set during commercials.”
Ah Ladd…I assume that includes me and 90% of the voting public that you consider “too stupid to change the channel”.
In an earlier post Dick gave us his thoughts on the Ehlinger insult. Check it out.
I wrote this prose sketch in the early 1980s when I was living on Sixth Avenue in Pawtucketville and regularly going to Shaw’s Farm in Dracut to buy fresh milk, ice cream, and other items. Although my first home was on Orleans Street in Centralville, when I was very young my parents bought a small ranch-style house at the end of Hildreth Street in Dracut not far from Shaw’s on New Boston Road. This piece fits with the season.—PM
All seems right on this summer evening—the sky streaked blue and rose. Easy air draws me out back to see the cows. Bothered by flies, a black calf rubs its head against a fence rail. Odors of grass, feed, and animals mix into one healthy country smell. Up the hill behind the barn a trail leads to a cemetery with many illegible stones, others with chiseled verse, and a few that say, “Gone Home.” A dozen cars are notched in around the farm store on New Boston Road. Here, not far from the city beat, I stand in the dirt and sense the natural loop, the closed circuit that runs from rain to bread, from clover to cheese. This is the Earth’s milk. This is the town feeding itself, the people feeding the people. This is the curve of the world. Town is a rounded word, and world, from the Old English, meaning enclosed place, homestead, village. City is from the Latin for state and citizen—it’s linear, laws, an idea. In a few months the farmer will set out thousands of pumpkins for adoption by people who will place them on front steps in descending order, the largest for the head of the household, smallest for the baby or cat. Pint-sized pumpkins will be given to third grade teachers. Pies will feature the orange pulp. Then vines will be plowed under, Halloween torn from the calendar. And I’ll step out of the store in the early darkness, holding a milk bottle by the neck in each hand like cold white lanterns.
—Paul Marion (c) 1984, 2006, from “What Is the City?”