Taking a page from my colleague Dick Howe’s book, I offer this photo of the 1980 Lowell School Committee. Can you identify the members? Who was the Mayor?
MIT Scholar & Nobel Prize Winner from Lexington Blocked by GOP Senator from Appointment by Obama to Fed Reserve Board
Here’s a fine example of what’s wrong with the national Republican party. Read this guest column in the NYTimes by Peter A. Diamond, an economics professor at MIT and Nobel Prize winner.
On this day June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) was assassinated in Los Angeles after claiming victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary. Shortly after midnight – after winning the California primary election for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, Kennedy was shot as he walked through the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel and died in the Good Samaritan Hospital twenty-six hours later. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested.
After Martin Luther King was assassinated a few months before on April 4, 1968, Robert Kennedy spoke these words in an address to the City Club of Cleveland:
“We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge.
Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanish it with a program, nor with a resolution.
But we can perhaps remember – even if only for a time – that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short movement of life, that they seek – as we do – nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.
Surely this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow men and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our hearts brothers and countrymen once again.”
In her opionion column in today’s NYTimes, Maureen Dowd writes about the child-abuser priests in Ireland and a hero among the clergy, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, which reminded me of a dramatic moment in Jack Neary’s play “The Porch.” I hope many of our readers were able to see the Actors Inc. performance of the play at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in the past few days. From scenes shaped around the comedy of everyday life, the play turns in act two and peaks in a tragic scene that brings home the tragedy of a church-based abuse scandal. Neary shows us the power of art to address difficult subjects.