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Sunday schedule

Thanks for visiting richardhowe.com. Since it’s inception in 2007, we’ve tried to have something new for readers on Sunday morning. But earlier this year I started a weekly newsletter on the Substack platform. In the newsletter I provide commentary on politics in Lowell. It’s something I could post here but…

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Primary Preview

The Democratic and Republican Primary elections are this Tuesday. The day after Labor Day weekend is not the optimal time to hold an election but it must be held early in the month to meet the time requirements needed to print absentee ballots for the general election. Many states hold…

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The Betrayal of an Unwritten Covenant

The Betrayal of an Unwritten Covenant By Malcolm Sharps The introduction of a new tax in the UK in 1990 provoked a political crisis and suddenly called into question the limits of government to make demands on citizens and the obligation on citizens to comply with them. The way I would describe what happened…

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Madame la Première Ministre

Madame la Première Ministre By Louise Peloquin On May 16th, Emmanuel Macron named Élisabeth Borne Prime Minister. In 1991, under François Mitterrand, Édith Cresson was the first woman to hold the job. The Élysée Palace put out a late afternoon communiqué: “this is the choice of competence at the service…

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Alexander Fhionnuisce: New Poem (‘Invasions’)

Irish poet Alexander Fhionnuisce’s writing deals with the intersection of technology, alienation, and meaning in modern life. He was awarded University College Cork’s Patricia Coughlan award for his writing in 2017. His work is included in the anthology Atlantic Currents: Connecting Cork and Lowell (Loom Press, 2020). On Invasions (February…

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Blizzard of ‘22

One of our classic blog posts was the multi-author account of the “Blizzard of ‘15” which dumped 30 inches of snow on Greater Lowell from January 26 and 27, 2015. We’ve decided to cover today’s storm the same way so this post will be updated from time-to-time until the storm’s…

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More from UN COP26 Conference

Perspective on the UN COP26 Climate Conference Glasgow Agreement By David Turcotte David Turcotte, a UMass Lowell Research Professor in the Economics Department and a member of the steering committee of the University’s Climate Change Initiative, attended the recent COP26 conference in Scotland and shared the following report. (His initial…

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