I am coming to the conclusion that the problem with the Republican Party is that its members believe that the Constitution boils down to two parts, the Second Amendment on the “Right to Keep and Bear Arms” which has been infringed many times by both Democrats and Republicans, and the proposal that the second part of the document should be that a woman does not have the right to manage her body. I do not agree with Roe versus Wade, and I believe that the father should have the right to raise his own baby to adulthood and beyond, but I do believe, unlike my church does, that in incidences of rape or incest it is a right to have an abortion.
Pope Francis said, and this is not a direct quote, that he knew of a woman who had an abortion of her first child but raised six others in a loving home, and therefore he should not pass judgement on the woman for having her first baby aborted. I believe that that is what I read. He said that the woman herself was passing her own judgement on her own action. If the Pope states that he cannot pass judgement, who am I to do it? The Pope’s message was that you have to share your love, even with people whom you feel have done something terribly wrong.
A great many people were confused by this action on the part of the Pope. The Catholic Church still states that contraception is a sin, something few followers seem to agree with, and abortion is the killing of the baby. However, the head of the Catholic Church says you should love one another, and there is a part of that that just boggles the mind.
On to more immediate topics. The “Sun” ran an article on the conditions of the lagoons kept by the Water Department. It basically stated that the state was watching those lagoons closely and had monitored the disposal of waste into the Merrimack River. My feeling is that we are beyond such environmental transgressions now. We should have monitored and taken steps with the lagoons some time ago. Supposedly, it will cost 3.5 million dollars to fix the problem. This is something that should have taken place under the last administration. I have looked at those lagoons often, and there is no reason for them to be leaking what amounts to sewerage, or alum, into the river. The Merrimack has become a resource for recreation, and there is no reason I can think of for threatening our standing with the state over illegal dumping into our greatest natural treasure.
I am working on a project for the Lowell Motor Boat Club. I have been trying to write a history of the LMBC. It should be out shortly and I look forward to getting it to the publisher. It is amazing to learn the role of the river in our history. I do not want to write too much about it because I do not want to spoil the suspense, if there is any, but it is amazing how our forefathers looked upon the river.
The high school is due for a 245 million dollar facelift. I think that we should use a good part of that money to build another, smaller, high school. Most cities the size of Lowell have two or three high schools and I think that the necessary improvements can be made to the old high school without using all of the money appropriated. The rest could be used to build a new high school on the property off of Rogers Street where the Alumni Field is now. Two high schools with dedicated curriculums could easily exist in a city the size of Lowell. Sporting events could be held at Cawley Memorial Stadium, and the land behind the ice arena. It is just a thought, and there may be ten million reasons not to do it, but I believe two high schools is an idea whose time has come.
There is precedence. Separate campuses work for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and for Middlesex Community College. Academic competition between the two high schools might ensue, and that could only be for the better. We could settle on a name for it at some point in the far future.
So, watch my television opinion/news show Wednesdays at 7PM. If you want to be on the show, call me at 978-729-0654. I have to tell you that the first one is a bit confusing. It turns out that I put the introduction of the show at the end of it. I would like to thank Dan Toomey, Gloria Polites, Tony Harrington, Rick Geoffroy, and especially my cameraman, Steve McCarron for their labor and interesting points which were assimilated into the show. I hope that you enjoy it.