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Mike Germain: more than a pretty face!

By Rosalie Tirella

Earlier we told you about former Worcester City Councilor Mike Germain’s animal rights-eousness! He urged fellow Worcesterites last week to skip, as he does, the traveling zoo that came to our city.

But did you know Mike Germain feeds the poor and the homeless? That’s right!  Three times a week Mike, along with his friends at Ralph’s Tavern on Shrewsbury Street, cook up huge amounts of food and deliver trays of it to the Saint John’s Church soup kitchen on nearby Temple Street.  There, Father Madden and kitchen workers serve it at lunch time to the scores of hungry people who come to the church for a hot, nutritious meal (sometimes their only one for the day) and some groceries (the church’s relatively new food building also houses a huge food pantry as well as a cafeteria).

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Here’s Mike (right) and Scot Bove just after they and fellow volunteers cooked the mega lunch (all on their dime) and right before heading out to deliver the food to Saint John’s. Mike does this THREE TIMES A WEEK. Has been doing this! Quietly. Purposefully. Just the way Jesus would have liked it. He doesn’t crow about his community service, doesn’t invite the TV cameras or newspaper columnists to give him free publicity. His pal had to take me to the side and say: LOOK! YOU GOTTA SEE WHAT MIKE’S BEEN UP TO! A real cutie, Mike just blushed as I snapped photos. AND HE DIDN’T TOOT HIS HORN. Refreshing!

On the flip side: The Worcester City Council lost a really GOOD person when it lost Mike Germain. Mike, with his shy, easy going ways, worked with and helped a lot of people while he was on the council . He was great at one on one constituent service! He always made the calls or visits on your behalf! Always tried to connect folks with each other. But City Councilor Germain had a no-fuss, no-muss style – never a smart move for a politician. POLITICIANS NEED TO MAKE NOISE.  Mike’s kinda quiet. As a Woo City Councilor, he never pontificated on the Council floor on Tuesday nights or demagogued an issue in any way. He never hogged credit, or threw a hissy fit, or played mad and shook his fist at the video cameras. Nope. Mike Germain was a cute, easy going guy, and voters thought his affable style meant he didn’t care. Or that he was dumb. The way society underestimates cute/pretty women. But as a Worcester city councilor, Mike, who graduated from Holy Cross college and is well spoken and is a very sharp writer, did his job.

Did I mention he’s adopted two homeless dogs, a homeless cat, a homeless parrot and some fishies that needed a place to swim around in?

It seems like Worcester voters always go for the stupid, loud mouths (Jordon Levy) or the perennial cheapskates peddling their nut-job conspiracy theories (Worcester City Councilors Konnie Lukes and Michael Gaffney) – politicians  who never look at things in new, creative ways. But they know how to grab your attention. … And that’s all that matters in this town.

On Worcester City Councilor Mike Germain’s integrity

By Rosalie Tirella

City Councilor at Large Mike (Michael) Germain has never, ever, EVER taken the 84% pay raise the Worcester City Council so sneakily awarded itself four or so years ago – right after the November election, of course! Right in the middle of a recession, of course!

Mike Germain stood tall. He told his colleagues that it didn’t seem right to take city/taxpayer money (almost another $15,000 per city councilor) – especially at a time like this. Hooray! We applauded such behavior then and we applaud it now, seeing Mike continues to refuse the money – a good chunk of change. Germain’s decision smacks of integrity – something sorely lacking in many of our Worcester political “leaders” these days!

We remember our old pal, former city coucnilor Dennis Irish, doing the same – he refused the pay hike, too. Dennis had/has a ton of integrity, too!

Germian’s good choice, something he hasn’t played up this election cycle, should be noted by the voters. Germain, who is up for reelection, could have taken the dough – raising his stipend from almost $15,000 to almost $30,000 a year. HE DID NOT. He believes in Worcester, loves Worcester and felt during these tough economic times, the City Council doesn’t need to wring blood out of a turnip.

Everyone else on the Worcester City Council is taking the money. Add it up! That’s a minority teacher recruiter pay check – or maybe a jumpstart for the Worcester Public Library Book Mobile program!

This says a lot for Mike Germain (and Dennis Irish). If re-elected, Mike Germain will still forgo the pay raise, unlike his colleagues who, we think are being a bit greedy, since as a city councilor, you get tons of perks like getting city health insurance at the cheapo premium rate (25%), getting a city pension and a free lap top.

Again, voters should remember this come November.

InCity Times candidate endorsement #2: Mike Germain for City Councilor at Large

By Rosalie Tirella

On September 20, we ask you to vote for incumbent City Councilor at Large Mike (Michael) Germain

Vote Mike Germain!

Readers of InCity Times may not see or hear Mike Germain, one of Worcester’s City Councilors (at Large), in our ICT pages very often. Sometimes we may not agree with Mike on some of the issues; sometimes we may. But on this crucial issue, one that is near and dear to our hearts, Mike Germain and ICT are absolutely simpatico:

BANNING EXOTIC ANIMAL ACTS FROM THE CITY OF WORCESTER.

Yes! This means no Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus for Worcester! Yes! This means no travelling bottom-of-the-barrel mini-circuses/animal shows – where exotic animals like lions and tigers and leopards are chained in teeny cages, rented out to various travelling hell holes for weeks upon weeks. Many die on the road from dehydration, heat exhaustion, stress, the cold. Just like they do with Ringling Bros. – a rich global organization that has the millions of dollars to hide the facts. Ringling Bros. Circus is making one of their bi-annual pit stops in Worcester in October.

This must be stopped/protested!

By re-electing Mike Germain to the Worcester City Council, I can promise you this: We will always have a vote on the city council – along with a few other of our progressives – for BANNING wild/exotic animal acts from Worceser. For keeping the cirucs OUT OF OUR TOWN! A vote for compassion – a vote against cruelty to animals.

Last year, InCity Times tried to get the ball rolling in terms of having the Worcester City Council keep Ringling Bros and other animal (torture) shows out of Worcester. We tried to make the case to our city councilors that Worcester is economically healthy enough to do without these shows. We have great restaurants, museums, the Hanover, etc. We DO NOT NEED THE BLOOD MONEY that Ringling Bros. brings into our city when they come to town every fall and spring. The march of the elephants down Soutbridge Street is heart breaking! I cry every time I see pics or film footage!

But there is hope! I was ELATED when Mike Germain told me last year: YES! YOU have my support! You have my vote to ban exotic animal acts. Then Germaine went on to say how he and his girlfriend took her little child to a travelling “animal show” in Worcester. He said they walked in, saw how the animals were stuffed into cages, saw a kind of freak show with some of the animals having two heads and some dead – in a jar and pickled in formaldyhyde.

“”We walked in – we walked out,” Germain told me, shaking his head and looking sad.

I knew then I would always vote for Mike Germain.

Germain, an animal lover who is the proud owner of lovely parrots, told me what he was against exposing kids to such horrific sights and having animals experience such cruelty.

Recently, upon hearing the circus was coming to town again, we again went to Germain and he just shook his head in sadness … . We know the lions and tigers and elephants have the love and support of Mike Germian. We want to keep his voice on the Worcester City Council. (To learn more: Please look at our past blogs and read all about “The Cruelest Show on Earth.”)

This is why I am voting for incumbent Michael (Mike) Germain next week, Sept. 20, and why you should too. We believe InCity Times, Mike Germain and a few other of our city councilors – Mayor Joe O’Brien, District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller and City Councilor at large Konnie Lukes – are way ahead of the curve on this one – joining Western Europe and, in Massachusetts, Cambridge, Northampton and Revere.

By voting for Germain, a man who can appreciate the beauty and intelligence of some of the most magnificent animals on earth, you are also voting for a person who is compassionate – a person who cares about vulnerable beings, and that includes our children, and our elderly.

Good people make our great city!

Vote for – re-elect – Mike Germain!