I am somewhat taken aback by the promotion and increase in pay of an employee at City Hall whose father holds down a position of City Councilor. That is, in my opinion, much to close a relationship for someone to have whose father has the final say over whether or not to fund his son’s raise. Basically, I have been very supportive of the City Manager, and I am pleased to have Patricia Sullivan Talty as the new head of the Lowell Housing Administration or LHA. But, I am not pleased by this other situation and I believe we are owed an explanation by the City Manager

The DeMoulas family feud is just grating on my nerves at this point. I do not believe the people in control are the most intellectual people in the world. There is a word for them that former Mayor, Patrick Murphy used to describe members of the City Council, but I believe it to be too harsh a word. So it most likely does not fit. Suffice it to say that they are digging their own financial graves with bad karma and a dearth of persons shopping at the supermarket.

David Ouellette, candidate for State Representative, explained to me how important the Market Basket in the Acre is for people who cannot drive and who live in the Acre. They are suffering, he said. I have had three of the four primary election candidates, I cannot hail Raty Mom, and there is a good deal of experience and empathy there. All three I have interviewed have left me with the impression that they are good people. Jim Leary, Brian Donovan, and David Ouellette would easily make being State Representative a priority in their lives.

Onto other less pressing matters, my boat is full of mayflies’ corpses. The bees have taken over, apparently eating the corpses. It looks like I experienced snow in my boat. There are that many dead mayflies. So I have to vacuum it out tomorrow. I have two people who kept my boat going this year and I really appreciate it. The problem is that they do not want to have their names plastered in a blog, so they will have to remain anonymous.

My sister Liz, whom many of you ask about, has her own Bed and Breakfast in Machias, Maine, so if you are going that way look her up at The Talbot House. Here is a rundown of the family.

Cynthia, the oldest, is living in Texas. I told her that the Native Americans used to think their souls went to the Southwest, so she was just making time. Tom is a member of the 25 Club at the BAA Marathon. He ran twenty five of them in a row, always posting a time of around three hours. Liz I mentioned. Essie is living on the Taunton River in Somerset. It is a beautiful site and a beautiful sight.
Mary teaches in Nashua and lives near her school. Charlie is doing well, he is looking for a permanent position for an Electrical Engineer. Andy plays the drums in a local band. I told him he was better than some people I have seen in Billy Joel’s band. And Margaret uses Facebook to augment her story, so look for her there.

I live in Lowell. I think Lowell is the proverbial “Center of the Universe.” I have five major diseases, including Parkinson’s, which makes my hands shake when I am recording my show, Peters’ Principles, which is on every Monday at 9:30 and every Wednesday at 7PM. Watch it if you get the chance. It is an opinion show, not just mine but my guests’ too. With that I will sign off.

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