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Don’t forget to VOTE TODAY! And … Carol Claros’ state rep run …

Carol Claros and her daughter

By Rosalie Tirella

… has us intrigued. We are progressive Democrat all the way, yet we hate the machine that runs Woo local politics … the guys who get their pals in … the guys who get their pals the good-paying city jobs and lock out qualified (un-connected job applicants) … the guys who are arrogant and smooth and polished … the guys who play hard ball and black ball local folks who disagree with them … just because they can black ball folks who disagree with them.

We do, however, agree with them on ALL of the issues. This depresses us. Why can’t we like the people who share our goals and values? The guys with whom we agree when it comes to raising the state minimum wage, creating affordable housing, supporting working parents, etc? We love Jim McGovern and Gladys Rodriguez Parker but … .

Back to the state rep race! Dan Donahue, the Democratic candidate for the slot, is a kid who has worked (unimpressively, we think) for Worcester Mayor Joe Petty. He’s as smooth as a silk tie. Where did Dan stand on the Millbury slots casino issue? The casino would have been located next to the very Worcester neighborhood he lives in! Quinsig Village (same as me). Voters never knew where Dan stood. He did the verbal fancy dance as well as our local city councilors did when the casino was slated for Worcester: no comment … let the people of Millbury decide. Blah, blah, blah. Condescending. Arrogant. And he’s just a kid!

Carol, on the other hand, is refreshingly REAL. I have received pink campaign letters from Carol Claros! Pink! How wonderfully girly girl! But, make no mistake: Claros is a grown up woman! She is a single mom who works as a nurse in our prison system. She is a single mom who cares for her child, runs a home and is the main wage earner of her family. She commutes to Concord every day and says she will not need to be paid by the tax payers of MA for commuting to work. We believe her when she says this.

Claros includes a photo of her and her young daughter in her campaign letters. This, to a woman raised by a single mom who had to do all the things that Carol does every day (on a lot less $$), GETS TO ME! Makes me want to vote for her  – even though we don’t see eye to eye on many issues. I wish we did … .

To learn more about Carol, check out her website: http://www.carolclaros.com/



Kelly Clarkson’s inauguration performance: ‘My Country, ‘Tis of Thee’

By Rosalie Tirella

Beyonce faked it.

Pulling out her ear piece during her performance at President Obama’s inauguration made her more drama queen than artist-caught-up-in-the-moment. Her recording of our national anthem was beautiful, but it was just that, a recording.

Little Kelly Clarkson’s performance of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” was REAL – totally in the moment. Despite the facts: It was cold out. Her audience: 700,000 people! (and all the folks at home watching on TV, computer or smart phone). She was singing for the President of the United States!

In the face of all that pressure, Kelly was perfect! She sang beautifully, with feeling and depth – but not over the top.  Dressed in a basic plum coat and purple scarf, she looked like a cute kid from the Spencer DQ!  She seemed humbled to be part of an American moment, American history. And when she got a big thank you from President Obama (tall and handsome) and a little kiss on the cheek from him, she got all flustered! Just like a star-struck kid/lady would!

Very real, very beautiful! 

Click on link below Kelly’s photo to hear her performance at President Obama’s  inauguration.

– R. Tirella



AND: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Sings at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration