Lowell Cambodian leaders say more nee...

Lowell Cambodian leaders say more need to stand up and be counted

There are 18 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Oct 26, 2009, titled Lowell Cambodian leaders say more need to stand up and be counted. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

More than two dozen people have filed into the basement of the Coalition for a Better Acre building on Merrimack Street on a Wednesday afternoon in July.

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Kathleen

Bensalem, PA

#2 Oct 27, 2009
"Cambodians on Council, as mayor...." So much for diversity and confirmation of racism. What difference does it make if the mayor or Council members are Caucasians, Blacks, or any other race as long as they are patriotic Americans. The Latinos insisting that Latinos be appointed to office and now Asians following suit just proves to me that we must return to what made this country great - unity - and denounce that which is driving us apart - diversity.
Mr. Meas certainly does not represent all that our Founding Fathers stood for.
Sk1ds

Lowell, MA

#3 Oct 27, 2009
Ah shut up Kathleen. The difference it makes is that it shows minorities going up in and living the American dream. It shows that we're defeating racism.

Race shouldn't matter...but there's nothing wrong with celebrating successes by minorities since it proves we're a true diverse society. I mean, it would be pretty dumb for Barack to become president...and not realize that he's a minority.
Hun sen

Sydney, Australia

#4 Oct 27, 2009
Kathleen wrote:
"Cambodians on Council, as mayor...." So much for diversity and confirmation of racism. What difference does it make if the mayor or Council members are Caucasians, Blacks, or any other race as long as they are patriotic Americans. The Latinos insisting that Latinos be appointed to office and now Asians following suit just proves to me that we must return to what made this country great - unity - and denounce that which is driving us apart - diversity.
Mr. Meas certainly does not represent all that our Founding Fathers stood for.
You are a real looser . If he got more vote than you it must be proved that he good enough for that community . No wonder you deserved no vote no people support and you are a looosreer
Dan in Chelms

Lowell, MA

#5 Oct 27, 2009
Kathleen wrote:
"Cambodians on Council, as mayor...." So much for diversity and confirmation of racism. What difference does it make if the mayor or Council members are Caucasians, Blacks, or any other race as long as they are patriotic Americans. The Latinos insisting that Latinos be appointed to office and now Asians following suit just proves to me that we must return to what made this country great - unity - and denounce that which is driving us apart - diversity.
Mr. Meas certainly does not represent all that our Founding Fathers stood for.
Looks like Kathleen and I agree with the late Dr. ML King.
Politics

Richmond, CA

#6 Oct 28, 2009
America=Dreams, Opportunities, and drive! FOLKS!
So long as you are patriotic American...regardless of your races...I would say go for it! President Obama is a Historic and great American individual.
Amused

Boston, MA

#7 Oct 28, 2009
It is not so much race as the fact that it is the same old faces and the same old factions over and over, year after year. That's how everyone gets so cozy, friends hire friends, and the city government becomes a closed club. We are now harvesting the fruits of that system. The FBI, the DA and the state Inspector General are all digging into allegations of corruption. That kind of corruption does not spring up full fledged, it grows gradually like mold. Like mold, it grows better in the dark, the kind of dark that comes when all the players are buddies and business is done in secret. Opening up the political process to more of the city's residents will break up the clb of good ol' boys running the show now, and bring some sunshine into the dark corners.

Rather than see diversity in government as a goal in and of itself, we should see it as a sign of an open political process. When the city council looks like a microcosm of the city as a whole, we can feel confident the process is an open one. When the council of a majority minority city is all white, it is a clue that the process may not be open. Not bad because of race, per se, but because it suggests that the process does not work for the majority of people living here, only for one group.
Franchise

Wilmington, MA

#8 Oct 28, 2009
Kathleen wrote:
"Cambodians on Council, as mayor...." So much for diversity and confirmation of racism. What difference does it make if the mayor or Council members are Caucasians, Blacks, or any other race as long as they are patriotic Americans. The Latinos insisting that Latinos be appointed to office and now Asians following suit just proves to me that we must return to what made this country great - unity - and denounce that which is driving us apart - diversity.
Mr. Meas certainly does not represent all that our Founding Fathers stood for.
Do you expect him to be white? As long as he can reduce crimes, gang bangers, prostitutions, welfare, and increase business and happy citizens in lowell, that is what I would look for.
Head Honcho

United States

#9 Oct 28, 2009
White Power!!!
Amused

Boston, MA

#10 Oct 28, 2009
Kathleen wrote:
"Cambodians on Council, as mayor...." So much for diversity and confirmation of racism. What difference does it make if the mayor or Council members are Caucasians, Blacks, or any other race as long as they are patriotic Americans. The Latinos insisting that Latinos be appointed to office and now Asians following suit just proves to me that we must return to what made this country great - unity - and denounce that which is driving us apart - diversity.
Mr. Meas certainly does not represent all that our Founding Fathers stood for.
Our founding fathers also would have been appalled at the thought of renters voting, let alone women or African Americans voting, senators being elected by the people, or many other things we take as commonplace today. Times change, our understanding of democracy changes. If you want to hew strictly to the views of the founding fathers, stay home on election day, Kathleen, because the thought of women voting would have given those founding fathers a collective heart attack. On the other hand, if you want to join the rest of us in the 21st Century, we should encourage as many people as possible to take part in the political process.
Ron

Lowell, MA

#11 Oct 28, 2009
Kathleen wrote:
"Cambodians on Council, as mayor...." So much for diversity and confirmation of racism. What difference does it make if the mayor or Council members are Caucasians, Blacks, or any other race as long as they are patriotic Americans. The Latinos insisting that Latinos be appointed to office and now Asians following suit just proves to me that we must return to what made this country great - unity - and denounce that which is driving us apart - diversity.
Mr. Meas certainly does not represent all that our Founding Fathers stood for.
Kathleen, You are I see it the same way Dr. Martin Luther King did. It is a shame the professional race hucksters such as Sharpton and Jackson have perverted that message. There is big money in playing the race card and these two fools among others get paid well.
There is plenty of racism to go around. All races participate. Ever hear what blacks have to say about Koreans? Racism is wrong in all it's forms.
Personally I hope for a colorless society. We will never get there with idiots like Kanye West spreading hate.
Dr. King would be embarrassed by the so called race leaders of today. They are nothing but dividers.
Vote for the people who will be the best leaders no matter their race, color or religion.
seymorebutts

Lexington, MA

#12 Oct 28, 2009
well since they still call CAMBODIA " their country" THEY SHOULDN'T BE INTERESTED IN aMERICAN POLITICS!
Franchise

Wilmington, MA

#13 Oct 28, 2009
seymorebutts wrote:
well since they still call CAMBODIA " their country" THEY SHOULDN'T BE INTERESTED IN aMERICAN POLITICS!
I hope he won't run for the city mayor and sponsore cambodian politicians who try to be in power in Cambodia. That calls dual politics. It is treason. If you work for the US government, you don't share politics with other country. Cambodia was his old country, not his present one. I bet the failed politicians from Cambodia would love to have connection with this rep. He better becareful. He can mix with the US and Cambodia politics.

I know one man who is a US citizen, and also a town rep. in Cambodia. If he get caught by the US, he probably lose his citizenship or go to jail.
Remember

Framingham, MA

#14 Oct 28, 2009
Why is so hard for you guys to see the positive side of this. Why are you so afraid to see a minority become something. I know changes is hard.

Hopefully, he could help the Cambodian Community Prosper. Is that a bad thing? If he doing this for the wrong reason and not his community then don't re-elect him next term.

I admit that their a lot of corruption in the Cambodian Community Leader (aka CMAA) but let keep trying until we find a good one. There isn't alot of honest Cambodian that want to be involve in politic. Only the bad one with bad intention.

let give it a chance anyway... that the only way we know if his/she bad or good for the community.
George

Salem, MA

#15 Oct 28, 2009
I don't trust them like they don't trust our government and way of life.
Ron

Lowell, MA

#16 Oct 28, 2009
Remember wrote:
Why is so hard for you guys to see the positive side of this. Why are you so afraid to see a minority become something. I know changes is hard.
Hopefully, he could help the Cambodian Community Prosper. Is that a bad thing? If he doing this for the wrong reason and not his community then don't re-elect him next term.
I admit that their a lot of corruption in the Cambodian Community Leader (aka CMAA) but let keep trying until we find a good one. There isn't alot of honest Cambodian that want to be involve in politic. Only the bad one with bad intention.
let give it a chance anyway... that the only way we know if his/she bad or good for the community.
Nobody is afraid to see a minority get elected. Most of the above posters seem to believe that it isn't about race...it is about ideas. The race of the elected person shouldn't matter. Are we approaching the age of quotas for elected officials? I could care less what the race of the next elected person is. I will settle for the most qualified with the best ideas.
Franchise

Wilmington, MA

#17 Oct 28, 2009
George wrote:
I don't trust them like they don't trust our government and way of life.
Are you saying Cambodians who live here are using this country for the living? I don't like my old government, either.
Thai Ladyboy

Troyes, France

#18 Oct 29, 2009
no where is beter than home ... be cool and respectful for the countries which are not your mother land. Bing ! P.E.A.C.E
latinlady

United States

#19 Oct 30, 2009
no please we don't need to here their crap don't understand camboria speak english or go back to your country

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