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.
It looks like One Lowell, the ten-year old advocacy organization for newcomers to our city, will be shutting its doors soon. Here’s part of a notice that went out earlier today via email:
After careful study, the Board of Directors has determined that our remarkable programs require a parent organization with a geographical scope and depth of funding that exceeds our capacity. We realize that ONE Lowell has a unique mission and our intention is for that mission to continue. We are working diligently with our non-profit partners to find a sustainable home for our programming.
As of November 1, 2011, ONE Lowell will discontinue operations.
Dartmouth College is another stop on the fall Republican presidential candidates debate schedule. The college co-hosts the debate tonight October 11 at 8:00 p.m. with the U.S. economy as the focus. The event will be broadcast nationally and around the globe by Bloomberg Television and streamed online by Washingtonpostlive.com. WBIN in Derry, N.H. will broadcast the debate live throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
What to expect at tonight’s New Hampshire GOP debate from the Nashua Telegraph and staff writer Kevin Landrigan:
Sponsors hope interior decoration, a single theme and a venerable talk show host produce a thought-provoking debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover on Tuesday night. The key players are the same eight GOP presidential candidates on stage for the Bloomberg News-Washington Post-WBIN-TV staged event.
They are Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich, ex- Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, ex-Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum.
Reporters will fire questions with timed responses and rebuttals from other rivals in the field if that’s warranted. But instead of at speaking lecterns, the candidates will be seated around at a table facing the hosts, surrounded by the audience, and all the debate will focus on the economy.
PBS talk show host Charlie Rose will moderate the debate along with Post political correspondent Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg TV White House correspondent Julianna Goldman.
For more on veteran reporter Landrigan’s views on the GOP primary in New Hampshire, I refer you to yesterday’s blog post here and the link to the article in the Nashua Telegraph.
I can see why some of the more thoughtful Republican Party members and leaders around the country are worried about the upcoming presidential election. The collection of candidates you will see debating tonight in New Hampshire is a weak bunch. There’s nobody of the stature of Sen. John McCain, no matter whether you like McCain or not. Leading the pack is a former governor of Massachusetts who is doing his best to present himself as a non-politician with no foreign policy experience other than being involved in the Olympics. On paper, the current governor of Texas looks like the major-leaguer here, but he has performed as a triple A player so far. He doesn’t look ready for the bigs. Then there are several members of the US House. When is the last time a sitting member of the House was elected president? There are a former US Senator with extreme views on social issues and a successful businessman with no experience in public office other than serving on the board of directors of the Fed in Kansas City. The concern in some quarters of the GOP is so serious that people were pleading with a one-term governor of New Jersey to run and save the moment. Who stayed on the sidelines, and why didn’t they jump in? Lamar Alexander, Jeb Bush, others.
I’m an Obama supporter, so my view is filtered, but this is not an impressive list of potential challengers for an incumbent president. Democrats are always worried when it comes to the presidential election, at least during most of my lifetime. Independents will take a good long look at the choices next November.
Seems like everyone in the opinion business has an idea to throw on the table. Today, columnist Joe Nocera of the NYTimes writes about a plan from the New America Foundation that mixes and matches familiar and new proposals in an attempt to influence the policy discussion around economic recovery. Read his column here, and get the NYT if you want more. Almost every thoughtful person agrees that we cannot sit and do nothing.
Texas Governor and Republican Candidate for President, Rick Perry has never lost and election. He has a reputation for running a ruthless campaign. Below his campaign takes a whack at Mitt Romney in its attempt to stop Perry’s downward spiral. The Huffington Post is reporting that Perry plans to spend $20 million in the next few months attacking Romney.