Jacta est alia

When Caesar returned to Rome after ten years away with his legion after defeating all of Rome’s enemies, he came to the Rubicon.

Crossing the Rubicon River would have been a natural thing for Caesar to do by himself to enter Rome. He wanted to take his legion into Rome, to share the wagonsfilled with gold he brought back with themembers of the Senate.

Crossing the Rubicon with the legion was not allowed by Roman law – that’s how Roman democracy worked for centuries.

The legion couldn’t enter Rome without the consent of the Senate.

The generals couldn’t run Roman society. The Roman Senate did that.

Caesar on his horse by the Rubicon shouted to his legion: “Jacta est alia”. The die is cast, is what he said ( and he said it in Greek, the ancient language of record during Roman times).

The legion led by Caesar crossed the river and went into the city.

Thus ended Roman democracy.

Shortly after that, Caesar was made emperor.

We have no emperors in Everett but the die has been cast by the city government here allowing the mayor to take $2.5 million raised by Senator Sal DiDomenico

and intended exclusively for the use in the public schools, and to refuse to disburse the money to the school department.

This is a step that shows how the city government is thinking about the public schools.

It also reveals a rather darker future for the school children here where classroom size is in the 30+ area and growing larger while at the same time the number of teachers and aids in the schools has grown smaller.

The perpetual underfunding of the school department by the city government is a crime.

The city ought to know better.

We urge the city government to stand up and to be heard.

We argue that the $2.5 million being held by the city government be immediately distributed to the school department soteachers fired can be rehired.

The kids deserve this.
The bond rate won’t suffer, either.

Paul Kelly

We were sorry to learn of the death of the city’s former Parking Clerk, Paul Kelly.

He died last week at the age of 86.

Kelly was a nice man who administereda difficult job with dignity, respect andcompassion, always.

Those who knew him liked him.

He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

During his work life before becoming the Parking Clerk he was in management for The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.

He loved Everett.

According to those who new him, Mr.Kelly was a first-class guy. As one personobserved, you felt good paying your tickets. He was a pleasure to be around.

We offer our condolences to the Kelly and intended exclusively for the use in the public schools, and to refuse to disburse the money to the school department.

This is a step that shows how the city government is thinking about the public schools.

It also reveals a rather darker future for the school children here where classroom size is in the 30+ area and growing larger while at the same time the number of teachers and aids in the schools has grown smaller.

The perpetual underfunding of the school department by the city government is a crime.

The city ought to know better.

We urge the city government to stand up and to be heard.

We argue that the $2.5 million being held by the city government be immediately distributed to the school department soteachers fired can be rehired.

The kids deserve this.

The bond rate won’t suffer, either.

 

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