For those of us who believe in government as the civilized way to make decisions about matters in life that affect us all, the action at the Lowell City Council this evening is reason for optimism. Our municipal representatives and professional staff in collaboration with the various labor unions in the city found their way through a complex negotiation over the future of city health care insurance coverage and its cost. The City Council unanimously congratulated the leaders and members of 19 unions and City Manager Lynch’s team for a “signal achievement” that will benefit those participating in the city plan and the taxpayers of Lowell. This has been a longstanding topic of discussion on Tuesday nights. All involved deserve much credit for finding a solution.