i'm not generally given to profanity here, except language commonly used by my 13 year old daughter, so i'll paraphrase for her:
"what the FUCK, dad. what the fuck." (you can ask her for her opinion yourself--she'll tell you).
i cannot speak for how it must feel to be a 13 year old girl to learn of such things, but the violation i feel crosses so many levels of my being that i can't even decide where to start. as a father, i'm appalled. as a friend to a man whose deceased nephew was sexually abused, i'm appalled. as a strong advocate for public libraries' place in the education and cultural upbringing of our youth, i'm appalled. as a community member who is continually and consistently impressed with the professionalism and effectiveness of the lowell city police department, in the face of the court system's every effort to thwart it, i'm appalled. as a taxpaying citizen who believes in the rule of law and it's importance to a safe and productive society for all, i'm appalled.
if anyone has suggestions for the most effective public protest against this egregious and inexcusable breach of the public trust, i would like to hear them. letters need to be written to elected representatives. letters need to be written to judges' superiors. letters need to be written to the local paper, and, i would say, other papers like the boston globe and the new york times and whoever else will print them. fox news and msnbc need to be notified. somebody has to shine a light on this inexplicable pile of excrement, (i'm talking about the judge's ruling here in case it isn't clear), and help the rest of us clean it up.
it is not shangri-lowell today.