Read what Bill Moyers said about the workings of the contemporary plutocracy in the USofA. The text of his speech at BU in late October was posted on truth-out.org.
Read columnist E. J. Dionne’s take on the mid-term elections. He warns Dems/Progressives/Liberals/Sensible People about letting themselves be defined by the other side.
Over at HuffingtonPost.com – Sam Stein tells us that there is already a Tea Party activists’ hit list of Republican Senators that have a bit of a leaning towards a little bipartisanism. No surprise is the listing of Olympia Snowe of Maine and Orinn Hatch of Utah. One name on Red State’s Erick Erickson list of “Potential Tea Party Targets for 2012″ is a surprise.
One surprising name popping up on the 2012 target list, however, is an individual that the Tea Party turned into a cult hero of their movement. Scott Brown (R-Mass) has spent the past ten months in office building the framework for his reelection. He’s worked with Democrats on a variety of economic initiatives while siding with the Republican caucus on other measures. He has been, as conventional wisdom goes, about as conservative as one can be in Democratic-leaning Massachusetts. But, for some, not conservative enough. (My bold)
Public Matters is an innovative, exciting program designed to promote leadership and civic engagement in Lowell’s emerging leaders. I’ve been a guest speaker on several occasions and have always walked away with a real sense of excitement about the future of this city. Please take a look at the following and consider applying to be a participant in this year’s class, or pass along the information to someone else who might benefit from the experience.
Public Matters: Empowering Lowell’s Leaders is a leadership and civic engagement initiative of The Lowell Plan conducted in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park. Next year’s schedule will begin Wednesday, January 12 and conclude Wednesday, June 22. Meetings will be held 4-7:30 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Information on Public Matters is available on the Lowell plan website.
The mission of Public Matters is to foster and enhance the knowledge and skills of leaders in Lowell, Mass. We invite qualified individuals to become members in a rigorous and challenging program in civic engagement. Throughout this program, members will learn how to contribute more effectively to a diverse and mutually supportive community. Our goal is to ensure that the Lowell of tomorrow will be served by inspired stewards of our history, natural resources, social and cultural capital and economic and government institutions.
Who Should Apply?
Members of Public Matters are accomplished individuals who have compiled a record of exemplary work and have been identified as leaders in Lowell. Applicants may have experience in a wide array of disciplines, but successful candidates typically share a passion for improving the quality of life in Lowell and a commitment to improving their own skills in pursuit of that goal.
Applications are due Friday, November 12. Application forms are available here:
For additional information please contact Rosemary Noon, Assistant Director, Lowell Plan, 11 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA 01852, 978-459-9899, rosemary[at]prospeed.net.
Notification of selection will be made by mid-December 2010.
In honor of Veterans Day, each day this month we will post the story of a soldier from Lowell who died during the First World War. Thanks again to Eileen Loucraft for providing us with this content:
Body of Private Buk Arrives in Lowell
The body of Priv. Charles Buk, who gave up his life on the battlefields of France while fighting under the colors of Uncle Sam, arrived in this city from New York this morning and was removed to the funeral parlors of Undertaker James W. McKenna in Bridge street. On Saturday morning the remains will be removed to the home of a sister of deceased, Mrs. Stanislawa Ewiziraki, 39 West Fourth street.
Priv. Buk enlisted in this city with headquarters Co., 101st Infantry and shortly after his enlistment he sailed for France. He was killed in action at Chateau-Thierry on June 19, 1918. He is survived by his mother and several brothers and sisters. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon and the body will be escorted to the cemetery by members of the American legion.
Last night Nancye Tuttle stopped by the victory party for Cory Atkins who was re-elected state representative in a district that includes Concord, Carlisle and a portion of Chelmsford. Nancye got to know Cory and her ex-husband Chet Atkins when the latter was a state senator representing Concord. Atkins went on to represent the Fifth District in Congress from 1984 to 1992. To those in Lowell who got to know the Atkins family during the Congressional years, Nancye’s “where are they now” post will make interesting reading.
Since we referenced the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday about the Giants’ World Series win, I thought we’d check it out for the Jerry Brown win. It’s a walk down memory lane for some of us.
Former Gov. Jerry Brown – defying both a crushing conservative wave sweeping the nation and a tsunami of spending by his billionaire opponent – handily beat eBay CEO Meg Whitman Tuesday, a historic win that returns the 72-year-old Democrat to the post he held nearly three decades ago as California’s chief executive.
“It looks like I’m going back again,” said the state attorney general speaking to a crowd of thousands of excited Democrats at the historic Fox Theater in Oakland – the city he led as mayor for two terms and where he still resides. “They haven’t got all the votes in, but hell – it’s good enough for government work,” he joked to laughs, shortly after 11 p.m.
Brown called for an end to the “polarization, hostility, division,” that has defined state politics in recent years. “I still carry with me that missionary zeal to kind of transform the world,” the former Jesuit seminarian said, adding that “I’m hoping and I’m praying that this breakdown – that’s gone on for so many years – paves the way for a breakthrough.”
“I take as my challenge a forging of a common purpose … based on a vision of what California can be,” said Brown, the son of the late Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown. He said he will now go back to the post he held “28 eight years later, full of energy, full of creativity – and ready to serve you, the people of California.”
Read the full article here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/11/02/MNB91G53TG.DTL&tsp=1#ixzz14ELTvJTB
Tony Sampas reminds us of what yesterday’s election was all about.
There’s a lot of good commentary out there on the web today. Here’s an opinion piece that’s worth a read. Timothy Egan of the NYTimes says the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats “saved capitalism” in 2009-10, but got no thanks for it from the private sector that benefited from the federal activism. Read Egan here.