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Lowell Sun

Do you remember????

See if I can get this one in before it's shut down. On Pawtucket Street there is an apartment building that was redone in the 90's I believe. It's on the same side of Pawtucket Street as the Lowell Boat club but on the North side of the Pawtucket canal canal. My mother says she use to go skating there with her dad (I'm guessing in the 50's or so, she was born in 46). She can't remember the name of the place. I guess the owners lived upstairs and there was a fireplace/pub/grub place downstairs. I guess the buildings parking lot is where the skating rink was (they didn't actually skate on the river). Anyone?  (Jan 23, 2011 | post #6804)

Lowell Sun

Residents gear up for cell-tower fight

That is because to do so would require a group of people to volunteer to be subject to constant radiation for 10+ year period of time and to have a control group as well. You know why this has never been done... 1. because in most civilized nations it would be illegal to conduct such a study and 2. because the telecommunication lobby, military, and utility company groups, among others, would lobby the government to close down such study Keep in mind most towns have ordinances agains people living withing a certain distance of high voltage power lines even though there has never been a study linking exposure to those lines causes any health risks. Again laws would prevent such a study. Why can we do it for high voltage power lines and not cell towers...? Because the telecommunications act has a clause which says you CANT restrict a permit for health reasons. The power utilities have no such clause. However anecdotal evidence suggests there may be a risk. There is anecdotal evidence that cell towers present a risk and yes you can find these on the internet.  (Jan 19, 2011 | post #6)

Lowell Sun

Residents gear up for cell-tower fight

Except that my lightbulb gets shut on and off occassionally and the cell towers will be operational full time emitting a constant, man engineered electronic signal for the next 20+ years. Also it isn't a tower that radiates 5 watts of power it's the antenna. Keep in mind t-mobile will not be putting a single antenna there will be multiple. Then keep in mind other carriers will be piggybacking that tower and putting their own antennea on there as well. A word to those fighting this. You can NOT use the fear of health risks to fight the towers. The latest version of the Telecommunications Act has specific wording in it that doesn't allow it. The reason... the telecommunications industry wrote the law therefore they protected themselves (thank you Senator McCain and you're alleged telecommunication- girlfriend lobbyist). Oh and since that's how all laws are written these days (and never ever read by members of congress) this is how we all get scrod! The only way you can fight this is: 1) if the proposed sight violates local zoning laws 2) if the proposed sight would cause harm to the surrounding area (think maintenance vehicles, foot traffic, and salamanders lol 3) if there are more ideal locations in town the company overlooked that would still provide the coverage they need and may be more palatable to town residents (this includes forcing them to try to negotiate with other carriers to get access to existing antenna towers) good luck  (Jan 19, 2011 | post #5)

Lowell, MA

About 40 guns stolen from Lowell home

It is also a place where resposible law abiding citizens live that may be both an enthusiast and someone that wants to protect what they have. As for keeping them locked up how useful are they in a situation where you would need to protect your personal property if you have to find the keys or zip through some other type of lock?  (Jan 4, 2011 | post #39)

Lowell, MA

About 40 guns stolen from Lowell home

Because if they were legally obtained and registered it's a legal right.  (Jan 4, 2011 | post #17)

Lowell Sun

Prices over $3 a gallon? 'Outrageous.' 'We're being shaft...

Guys like Zuckerberg aren't in the alt energy markets because gas is too cheap. That's my point. If you want off oil pay the true cost at the pump and to heat your home. That will drive demand for alternatives and guys like zuckerberg will pour money into those markets thus improving the technologies and hopefully discover the next disruptive technology. Subsidizing both oil and alternatives slows the pace of innovation. Sure there's plenty of oil but at a certain point it becomes significantly more expensive to extract. At current costs it's too expensive to extract this oil (shale, etc..). If costs rise the price point starts to equalize and companies will invest more in those technologies to extract more efficiently.  (Dec 22, 2010 | post #18)

Lowell Sun

Prices over $3 a gallon? 'Outrageous.' 'We're being shaft...

Iron... you've completely misready everything I wrote. You've confused me with "green nuts" which couldn't be further from the truth, you think I believe in raising taxes when my comments were quite the opposite, and you believe a transition in economics from gas to alternatives is going to cost everyone their pensions. I don't know what makes you a bigger doosh the fact that you believe that crap or that fact that you believe oil was put on the planet for the simple fact of polluting it. Thanks for the giggle.  (Dec 22, 2010 | post #11)

Lowell Sun

Prices over $3 a gallon? 'Outrageous.' 'We're being shaft...

1. You're paying a lot more than $3/gallon buddy. Add in the amount you pay in taxes that subsidize the oil industry from exploration, refining and distribution and you're paying well over $5/gallon. 2. Those subsidies also fuel greed, corruption and inefficiencies in the marketplace further increasing the cost of fuel. 3. On top of that we're subsidizing alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, hydrogen, etc... This also fuels greed, corruption and inefficiencies in those markets as well driving up the cost of those technologies and slowing innovation. We will never rid ourselves of our dependence on oil unless the cost of it forces us to. As long as the rising cost is a result of slowing demand rather than illegal price gouging. Rising oil prices as a result of slowing demand will also mean billions of private investment $ (not government handouts) to flow into alternative energy markets naturally. Demand for these technologies will rise. Innovation will happen more rapidly and economies of scale will bring prices down without government intervention. Time to tighten the belts folks. People in other parts of the world are already paying way more for fuel than we do. They just pay it at the pump.  (Dec 21, 2010 | post #9)

Lowell Sun

Call for Lowell High security review

I agree. If 17 year olds can vote then print the scumbags name in the paper.  (Dec 18, 2010 | post #47)

Lowell Sun

Call for Lowell High security review

It's not the school's responsibility to weed these kids out it's federal and state laws that require schools to give these kids all these chances. So actually it's up to all of us to get these moonbat laws fixed. The school's hands are tied.  (Dec 18, 2010 | post #44)

Lowell, MA

Brewery's forced shutdown was a surprise to owner

Pardon me but did someone that owns the business forget to pay their child support? Nope it was someone that worked there. Should a business be shut down because an employee forgot to pay the registration fee on their automobile? Would the DOR have shut down say.... Raytheon for 2 days if they forgot to withold a child support payment? I think not it's always the small busines owner that gets scrod. So for 2 days over their most profitable days they were shut down. I'm sure the majority of the people who worked there are single moms, young college students and maybe even a parent or two possibly trying to make their own child support payments. The fault here is with the fired cook and an over-intrusive DOR. You don't get your wages garnished unless you're a deadbeat. Lets see him get a job now.  (Dec 11, 2010 | post #120)

Lowell Sun

Where are Lowell's most haunted places?

She's made of metal. The only way her dress is falling down is if acid rain is causing it.  (Dec 11, 2010 | post #835)

Lowell Sun

Where are Lowell's most haunted places?

It is not true it's just local folklore that gets passed down gen to gen. I heard the story and saw her statue one night from a friend of mine when we were teenagers. A small group of us went into the cemetary at night, stood in front of her statue as he told us the story. It's quite an interesting statue and as the story goes every year her "top" falls further down her chest and when it falls enough to expose her breast is when she will start seeking revenge on her tormentors and their families. If you look earlier in this thread someone posted details about who "Witch Bonnie" really is.  (Nov 30, 2010 | post #826)

Lowell Sun

4 men nabbed on gun charges

Hahah I love some of these comments and let me first state I'm white. Next let me edumacate some of my white but not so brilliant peers. Those of you who think we should send the PR's "back to where they came from", deport them or whatever other colorful term you have for sending "illegals " home... Puerto Ricans are US Citizens at birth whether they're born here or in Puerto Rico. Have been for about 100 years.  (Nov 30, 2010 | post #32)