“Peter Lucas should resign” by Mike Luciano

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Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Oct 27, 2012
“Peter Lucas should resign” by Mike Luciano

by DickH

The local newspaper regularly prints a column by Peter Lucas, a retired press spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Lucas supplements his government pension by writing columns condemning government. His headlines are so repulsive that I never make it to the content, but one of our readers, Mike Luciano, monitors Lucas closely and calls him out whenever his ramblings go off the outrageousness scale. Here are Mike’s thoughts on a recent column by Lucas:

Peter Lucas should resign

The most recent column by Peter Lucas in the Lowell Sun is the most disgraceful piece I have read in that publication in quite some time. Given the kinds of nonsense that regularly appear in The Sun, this is saying a great deal.

Lucas’s latest effort is an attack on Governor Deval Patrick that takes the form of an Orwellian hit piece, the plausibility of which is entirely dependent on revisionist history and a forgetful readership. Its title announces,“Patrick looks like he may play the race card again” in the gubernatorial campaign. The cantankerous Sun columnist (Is there another kind?) proceeds to inform us that in the 2006 gubernatorial campaign, Patrick and his advisors used the race card and “skillfully played on liberal white guilt to get the media to go easy on [him].” Additionally, Lucas tells us that “Patrick’s primary opponents were forced to pull their punches in order to avoid being called racists. Nobody, after all, wants to be branded a racist, even if the charge is untrue.”

Not surprisingly, Lucas provides no actual examples of Patrick or his campaign using race to his advantage. Instead he simply says,“As soon as Healey ran a television ad that accused Patrick of being soft on crime, the Patrick people attacked her for ‘fear-mongering’ and ‘race-baiting.’”

And what was that advertisement in which Patrick was portrayed as “soft on crime?” It was an attack ad that highlighted Patrick’s efforts to help convicted rapist and African-American Benjamin LaGuer. Patrick secured a DNA test in an attempt to exonerate LaGuer, but the test confirmed his guilt at which point Patrick withdrew his support.

Ironically Lucas alludes to this but never mentions Laguer by name or the specific attack ad, only vaguely referring to some Healey spot portraying Patrick as “soft on crime.” But the truth is the ad was straight out of the Lee Atwater playbook and stirred up memories of the infamous Willie Horton commercial credited with helping sink the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign in 1988. Attempts to locate the actual LaGuer ad were unsuccessful, but the American Prospect provided a thorough review of it at the time:


The camera films from the potential attacker’s point of view, and follows a woman walking through an empty parking garage. The ad then replays an interview in which Patrick described LaGuer as “thoughtful” and “eloquent.” The voice-over asks,“Have you ever heard a woman compliment a rapist?” The Healey campaign thus transported the darkest racial fear of the white American mind—the interracial rape nightmare—onto Massachusetts television screens.
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Oct 27, 2012
Furthermore, recall another Healey ad that attacked Patrick for being the attorney of African-American Carl Ray Songer, who killed a Florida police officer. Yet again the Healey campaign linked Deval Patrick to a brutal African-American criminal, or as Lucas said, a man who “happened to be black,” as if that fact was a mere happenstance.

If anyone played the race card in 2006, it was Kerry Healey. The flak from the “liberal media” she received consisted of them pointing out that the ads were Horton-esque pieces of shameless fear-mongering about menacing black men raping women and killing cops. The reason Lucas doesn’t mention the ads in particular is because he knows they torpedo his whole argument: that Deval Patrick won the election because his campaign knew how to play on “liberal white guilt.” But in fact Healey lost the election because (1) she was a Republican in a heavily Democratic state at a time when Republicans were unpopular nationwide, so much so that they lost their Congressional majorities, and (2) Healey’s attack ads were off-putting to moderates and people who wanted the campaign to be about actual issues and not about who Deval Patrick’s defendants were when he was a practicing attorney.

But despite this revisionist history about Patrick playing the race card when in fact it was Healey, this isn’t the worst part of Lucas’s column. Lucas goes onto to state that the governor—who was born into a working class family in Chicago—had “everything early in life handed to him—free schooling at Milton Academy and Harvard University, top job offers in government, big jobs in the corporate world.” Apparently it does not occur to Lucas that Patrick earned his way into Milton and Harvard, and earned those jobs in government and the private sector. Given the preceding assertions about Patrick playing the race card, Lucas’s implication is clear enough: Deval Patrick knows how to use his race to get what he wants. He is, in effect, a poster boy for affirmative action who has triumphed thanks to his ability to, as Lucas said,“skillfully play on liberal white guilt.”

Lucas’s final jab at the governor consists of a rather glib treatment of police-minority citizen relations. Ask any person of color if he has ever been the target of profiling or unjustified police suspicion. Almost universally the answer will be yes, especially for those older than say, forty.

But Lucas believes all that to be hooey. He notes Patrick’s recent claim of having been harassed by police four decades ago:

Patrick talked about being regularly harassed by police when he walked through Milton as a teenager out to buy candy or ice cream while he was at Milton Academy from 1970 to 1974, a time “when black people were rare in Milton.”

“On more than one occasion I was stopped by police, sometimes with (cruiser) lights on. It was humiliating,” the governor said.“I wouldn’t want to put anybody else through that.”

Incredibly, though, Peter Lucas simply can’t bring himself to imagine that in early 1970s lily-white Milton, that the police would give a young black kid any trouble whatsoever:


Milton police said they have no record of any run-ins with Patrick. Anyway, Milton is a different town today than it was back then—so much so that the governor lives there. Maybe it happened, maybe it didn’t.

As if a police department would keep a record of all the kids it harasses, black or white.

Finally, Lucas closes with some heinously insensitive remarks that demonstrate with crystal clarity how socially and culturally unaware he really is:

Nevertheless, the governor has flashbacks, like a combat veteran. It wasn’t easy negotiating the mean streets of Milton back then with an ice-cream cone in your hand.

You never knew when a cop, weapon drawn, would come up and say,“OK, kid, drop the cone.”

Oh, the horror!”
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#3 Oct 27, 2012
A bad joke from a bad writer. Peter Lucas ought to be ashamed of himself for his distortion of truth, his suggestion that Patrick never actually earned his education or career because he knew how to successfully exploit “white guilt” for his own advancement, and his utter tone-deafness to the uneasy state of American race relations of the past forty years and beyond.

It’s time to put Peter Lucas out to pasture.

by Michael S. Luciano
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#4 Oct 27, 2012
The local newspaper regularly prints a column by Peter Lucas, a retired press spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Lucas supplements his government pension by writing columns condemning government. His headlines are so repulsive that I never make it to the content, but one of our readers, Mike Luciano, monitors Lucas closely and calls him out whenever his ramblings go off the outrageousness scale. Here are Mike’s thoughts on a recent column by Lucas:
"The mind boggles at what Mr. Jim,‘the conscience of the Sun’ allows in the paper and what the same force willfully keeps out when it does not agree with the paper’s point of view.‘Opinion columns’ are opinion columns and should be read as such and agreed with or disagreed with or sometimes a bit of both if the writer is truly skillful. But the Sun continues to narrow its range of opinion-ators as the stable of clearly rightward-leaning rhetorical wordsmiths grows and grows like Pinochio’s nose while any whiff of an alternative is banned in Lowell!

The notion of a truly free press is near dead and buried here in Lowell.
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here is te link " http://www.richardhowe.com/2010/09/22/peter-l...

My opinion seems to be a consensus concerning "free press". The Sentinel should change its name to "The Republican".

It is sad that editors allow such utter Bullshit within there newspaper. I understand free speech but to allow this partisan BS to be printed is a shame.You could have video of Romney inside the board room during the decisions to outsource American jobs to China and Peter Lucas would attempt to turn the tables aanst Obama.

I have heard through the grapevine that charges await Romney after he loses. This comes from the Business World inside of Boston.
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Oct 27, 2012
Is Peter Lucas really a retired press spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation?

Under which administration was this that he was a spokesperson? Weld?

Mr.Lucas what do you think about Romneys health care program in Massachusetts?

Didn't Romney leave Massachusetts before his term ended?
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#6 Oct 27, 2012
Is this the same Peter Lucas who wrote for the Herald? Peter did you research former articles and pull them out of archives? Selectively? Hmmmm???

This may be revealing!

Peter, your political philosophy belongs in Communist China. So you make your money talking about others? Twisting the truth?????

Democracy will defeat your twisted LIES!!!!
Think about this

Gardner, MA

#7 Oct 27, 2012
Lynch you killed a man so you should resign from making stupid comments on other people just because you don't like what they say!!

At least he has a job not sucking off the system like you. Oh Ya we owe you because you a killer Right??

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#8 Oct 28, 2012
Lynch for Mayor wrote:
Is this the same Peter Lucas who wrote for the Herald? Peter did you research former articles and pull them out of archives? Selectively? Hmmmm???
This may be revealing!
Peter, your political philosophy belongs in Communist China. So you make your money talking about others? Twisting the truth?????
Democracy will defeat your twisted LIES!!!!
Is this anyway to run a campaign Lynch?
Does this guy Peter know you are on probation for assaulting a Police officer and stalking his family?
Stupid Dummy

Leominster, MA

#9 Oct 28, 2012
Scarey indeed. As is tpical with this guy. The odds are pretty good Lynch's latest rants are the result of him tirelessly sending letters to the Sentinel with hopes of getting one published. Keeping with his fashionable style, when he doesn't get what he wants he resorts to threats and insults. Just accept it they are not interested in your opinion.
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#10 Oct 28, 2012
Stamos wrote:
<quoted text>Is this anyway to run a campaign Lynch?
Does this guy Peter know you are on probation for assaulting a Police officer and stalking his family?
Once again you are LYING! I am not on probation for assaulting an officer nor for stalking anyone. You are nothing but a LIAR!
Wow

Fitchburg, MA

#11 Oct 28, 2012
And you are nothing but a common criminal Lynch. When you get around to campaigning for mayor the people of Fitchburg who care about this city will make sure the voting citizens are aware o your violent past. Your court records and postings on Topix are sufficient.
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#12 Oct 28, 2012
Wow wrote:
And you are nothing but a common criminal Lynch. When you get around to campaigning for mayor the people of Fitchburg who care about this city will make sure the voting citizens are aware o your violent past. Your court records and postings on Topix are sufficient.
The people of Fitchburg will finally see what has held their city down. The corruption will be revealed from planning board decisions, license board decisions all these ANTI-business actions will be revealed.

You are part of the problem within Fitchburg as you feel that only you count. You feel that not anyone should be able to open a business, you want to examine their potential clientelle and to be able to decide whether or not you approve??

You are part of the problem and you do not even see it. You complain about low riding cars and loud music as you allow police corruption. Your rationale is that of which is worse and who you support more??

Instead of addressing these two situations seperately, you decide to choose. This is self defeating as low ride cars and loud music is LEGAL and corruption is ILLEGAL and it destroys the fabric and doesnt allow a sense of community to even exist!

I think low riding cars is ludicrous as they always bottom out. I don't like certain music but it is freedom of speech.

You don't think that college kids partying at 3:30 Am is even a problem. Even as these kids stumble drunk into their cars. You think that it is OK for 18 yr old girls to be fondeld as they stumble drunk.

A college man should be taking the girl to the movies after study instead of a drunken party where they could get fondled and/or killed because they get into a car with other young immature drinkers of alcohol.

Drinking and driving kills!! Did you forget this fact? The University police STILL allow all out drinking through the early morning hrs!

This is the Presidents fault as he is in charge! He should be held accountable! Instead you give him all these undeserved accolades!!!Just because he is a "good ole boy"??

You feel, "hey if it is going to happen it is going to happen as it will only be four students lives lost"! I on the other hand beleive in prevention.

Do you even know that this excessive allowance to party is causing domestic situations? Remember FSU lost a couple students to domestic violence.

This allowance is setting up for a very tragic situation!! I will testify for these families of the students as I have watched the University police ignoring this situation.

The dorm on Cedar st has a grafitti depiction of a gun that has been on the side of their building all summer through the present. The church across the street was grafittied on last week and they have already repaired and cleaned up that grafitti.The Univesrity has the resources toclean that grafitti as they just spent hundreds of dollars planting a "no dogs allowed sign" on their grass in front of the grafitti.

The University is ignorant to its neighbors!
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#13 Oct 28, 2012
The Sentinel and Enterprise cannot even print a TRUE story concerning this situation in Fitchburg do to their relationship with fellow Republicans in the Univesrity!

And let it be known,Mayor Wong is a Republican! She is only a Democrat when she wants to ride on the curtails of the Dem party.

The homeless within Fitchburg is dicarded. The housing authority is Republican. Thisis why nothing is getting done in Fitchburg as they are all spending their time protecting each other!

Leadership is for the Mayor to demand accountability at the University and not to co-exist by smiling and allowing the FSU to ignore the situations in Ward 5!

It is a self defeating yarn ball of a mess! The Sentinel in partnership with Mayor Wong is causing the ignoring of a correctly run democracy.

Their is no accountability within Fitchburg as the four corners are protected each other. The Mayor, The Sentinel, FSUand the FPD.

These are the four corners of Fitchburg. In successful cities these four different entities do not spend time protecting each other. Such protectionisms is self defeating to DEMOCRACY!!!!!

Their needs to be accountability not protection from! In Fitchburg if you disagree with any of these entities actions then the other three wheels are put into motion.

One guy told me that he was homeless and living in a building on Summer street on occasion and that the judge at Fitchburg court was in on a hit where this man was attacked. This is the way in Fitchburg.

Properly run all judges should be from outside of Fitchburg in order to judge without bias.My book may just land me on a talk show for discussion.

The "good ole boy network" is the destroyer of Democracy!
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#14 Oct 28, 2012
During the campaign the Sentinel not only endorsed but they employed Mayor Wong as an editorial writer. She used this position to write a LIE piece in reference to the need for more FPD patrol officers.

This partnership affected Mr.Solomito in his bid also. The University president should not a MC concerning a debate in which he contributes financially to one candidate.

The president of the university is on the board of trustees at Unitil and on the board at the Chamber of Commerce now. The Chamber of Commerce is a Republican entity that receives most of its financial support to champion outsourcing.

One one end this president is the head of education at a University and then on the other he is supporting outsourcing of job opportuniites that these students normally would be searching out.

There are too many conflicts of interest at hand in Fitchburg compared to other cities.

The other questionaire is St . Armand ,the editor of the Sentinel who supports Wong. This control is so self defeating to Democracy.

The Sentinel is now an outspoken/over spoken advocate for all Republican candidates. I applaud the candidate Rosa for pointing that out at the last debate.It is true and it is comforting to hear others speak out on this fact!! The newspaper is a major outlet which we cannot allow to become so bias as it directly affects truthfullness in their reporting and can be used to protect corruption from being properly revealed.
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#15 Oct 28, 2012
Yes St.Armand, the editor of the Sentinel and Enterprise violated ethics when he refused me the opportunity to reply to the false accusation made by Chief Demoura during the Mayoral campaign.

This is coercion as it purposefully allows mistruths to be printed without allowing a response to such serious allegations.

There is a track record of such reporting by this editor.

OMG

Leominster, MA

#16 Oct 28, 2012
Lynch for Mayor wrote:
Yes St.Armand, the editor of the Sentinel and Enterprise violated ethics when he refused me the opportunity to reply to the false accusation made by Chief Demoura during the Mayoral campaign.

This is coercion as it purposefully allows mistruths to be printed without allowing a response to such serious allegations.

There is a track record of such reporting by this editor.
Lynch, you took the life of another human being. You constantly rant and rave about others supposed transgressions, but nothing you whine about can match the willful taking of a human life. STFU already.

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