Tsongas Remembered

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Ethiopia: Special Report: Ethiopia RPCV, Senator and Presidential Candidate Paul Tsongas: February 9, 2005: Index: PCOL Exclusive: RPCV Paul Tsongas (Ethiopia) : July 21, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - Ethiopia: Politics: Lowell Sun: Greek association names award for Tsongas : Tsongas Remembered

By Daniel (ca1462-ch01-bl03.ma-cambridg0.sa.earthlink.net - on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - 6:44 am: Edit Post

Thank you Greek Association.

He was the best public servant I have known.

This past weekend I went to the Lowell Folk Festival. It was awesome. Thousands of people were there celebrating cultural diversity, music and the arts. The National Park was a big part of the event. Tsongas guided that park coming to Lowell. It is a sustainable development project that endures time like his legacy.

Tsongas wrote me a recommendation for Peace Corps service and spoke with me on the phone the night before I went into Peace Corps.

There are many other cirsumstances like that I can point to about Paul and his personality. You could love or hate his politics and locally he took alot of "heat" from "the public" because of his public service ambitions. But, there was nothing any person both Republican or Democrat could take away from Paul. It was his integrity, humility, and ability to solve problems with average folks and corporate leaders.

Finally, someone is remembering the impact and legacy he made on so many in Massachusetts and beyond. To this day, I believe, if Tsongas had been President the genocide in Rwanda would have been far less greater than it was. He would have acted. He knew African Politics and global politics. He is rarely remembered for this aspect of his political life.

The Peace Corps building should be name the Tsongas Peace Corps Building. Paul served as a volunteer, brought the ideal of Peace Corps back home and change America by running for President. If he hadn't run, we would not have even known Bill Clinton's name.

More memorials should come in the future.

We Miss him and his rationale.


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