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Lowell’s Own Anthony Bourdain

Lowell’s Own Anthony Bourdain

By: John Macdonald - February, 2015  Some of us are familiar with the numerous television shows, books and magazine articles of the culinary adventurist Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain is an articulate…

God Bless the NYPD

God Bless the NYPD

By: John MacDonald – January, 2015 Sometimes words just can’t describe the level of disgust a person can feel, but I will try. Two of New York City’s finest police…

Vibrations from Ferguson

Vibrations from Ferguson

By: John MacDonald – December, 2014 On November 13, 2014, Congresswoman Tsongas led a hearing on police militarization following protests in Ferguson, Missouri in the House of Representatives. During that…

What Was the Message on Election Day?

What Was the Message on Election Day?

By: John MacDonald – November, 2014 It would be easy for Republicans to gloat about the nationwide beating they gave the President and his party. I’m sure some of them…

Hey Lowell, Tired of Making History?

Hey Lowell, Tired of Making History?

By: John Macdonald – October, 2104 When it comes to politics are we tired yet of making history? Are we tired of voting for candidates, because they are the first…

A Plea for True Independence!

A Plea for True Independence!

By: John MacDonald – September, 2014 So often we hear the word “independence” related to politics. Independence is viewed as a valued hallmark of what most of us desire in…

Blue Dog, JFK Democrats Need to Stage a Comeback

Blue Dog, JFK Democrats Need to Stage a Comeback

  By: John MacDonald – August, 2014 For some time now it has bothered me how the tide has turned against the classic blue dog, John F. Kennedy Democrats. The…

Who Knew Bowe?

Who Knew Bowe?

By: John MacDonald – June, 2014 It’s a Sunday and it’s sunny. A beautiful day. The family woke up this morning in Rhode Island at our camp after a fun…

Hotels, Lowell’s Path to Prosperity?

Hotels, Lowell’s Path to Prosperity?

By: John Macdonald – May, 2014 Over the last month in Lowell, the seeds of a transition into the world of commonsense seem to be finally taking root. Several issues…

THE SHIFT Remembering Lt. Ed Walsh, Mike Kennedy Boston Fire Department: EOW 4-1-14

THE SHIFT Remembering Lt. Ed Walsh, Mike Kennedy Boston Fire Department: EOW 4-1-14

THE SHIFT By: John MacDonald The shift began that fine summer’s day He arrived on time not a moments delay. Tactics on his brain and was considered the best Of all of the…

A VFW Moment

By: John MacDonald – April, 2014 As I sat on a barstool at my local VFW fifteen or so years ago I watched an older veteran pouring over his emotions,…

Lowell’s Window to the World

Lowell’s Window to the World

By: John MacDonald – March, 2014 Anyone who knows even a little about economic development realizes that a downtown represents what is interpreted as the city or town’s window to…