more comments that deserve their own post
first of all, many of those among and abutting the 25-year-club in this building were born and raised elsewhere in the city, hardly invalidating their "lowell cred". second of all, just because one cantankerous 80 year old feels somehow special because he or she has lacked the motivation to move house over the entire course of that time, it does not change the fact that his or her neighbors most certainly have, (you can check the assessors records to prove it), and that one cantankerous barnacle on the bottom of one boat hardly serves to exemplify the maturity of the entire regatta. (i'm curious if dick howe might be at liberty to cite statistics from the registry of deeds as to the ownership turnover rates for the various neighborhoods...)
there is an offense repeatedly committed by certain members of various neighborhoods against this one in particular, ostensibly in order to reserve certain political power for themselves, and deny it to others, and i'm calling 'em on it right here and right now. (i'm also calling out candidates who ought to know better for using the distinction to make another distinction). this is a city of immigrants, and it's always been a city of immigrants--almost every single cantankerous 80 year old included. as the new englander rightfully points out, some immigrations seems to be characterized as more equal than others, and though i do not mean to disrespect your (irish or insert name of nationality here) forebear who may have wielded a shovel in digging the canal that runs past my home, i DO mean to point out that his experience as an immigrant is immediately germane to mine as well.
look, i can track my children's line 10 generations back in this country, including revolutionary war, civil war, and almost any other historical war's veterans. and i don't think that means squat to my franchise here as a voter today. i deserve my one man one vote because i am a citizen, and i live here. PERIOD. as does the person who may have just moved in from asia, africa, europe, australia, or, even, and i can't believe i'm saying this, new jersey. PERIOD. if an individual cannot embrace another as a brother or a sister with the most important of citizenship things in common--we all choose to be here in lowell and not anywhere else--then that would be the individual with the problem, not the other.
whoever is next elected mayor of OUR city, i'm hopeful that their first words to the electorate, (which, coincidentally, conveyed upon them the privilege to serve without regard to tenure), and, indeed, all their words, will always lack pejorative distinction.