Benson, Hayes have at it - Sentinel &...

Benson, Hayes have at it - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 61 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Sep 28, 2010, titled Benson, Hayes have at it - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

The two candidates for the 37th Middlesex District seat promised to be aggressive in advocating for their constituents during a feisty debate Monday night sponsored by the Lunenburg Civic Forum.

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Conflict of Interest

Leominster, MA

#21 Sep 28, 2010
Does anyone realize that while Jen sat as chairwoman of the school committee she solicited and received campaign contributions from fellow members and the school superintendent. Who it was Jens job to do the performance evaluation on.
Lunenburg

Maynard, MA

#22 Sep 29, 2010
Conflict of Interest wrote:
Does anyone realize that while Jen sat as chairwoman of the school committee she solicited and received campaign contributions from fellow members and the school superintendent. Who it was Jens job to do the performance evaluation on.
Also one of the members held a fund raiser at my neighbors house. They held it there so that it could not later be questioned....quite slick I'd say.
so what

AOL

#23 Sep 29, 2010
Lunenburg wrote:
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Also one of the members held a fund raiser at my neighbors house. They held it there so that it could not later be questioned....quite slick I'd say.
what's so slick about holding a fundraiser at a voter's home? That's usually how its done.
And what's the issue with a fellow committee member supporting a candidate? There's no better way to gauge a person than working with them.
Mike fom Leominster

Fitchburg, MA

#24 Sep 29, 2010
so what wrote:
<quoted text>
what's so slick about holding a fundraiser at a voter's home? That's usually how its done.
And what's the issue with a fellow committee member supporting a candidate? There's no better way to gauge a person than working with them.
And Heeren is holding a fundraiser at his friend's house.
No longer a parent

United States

#25 Sep 29, 2010
Rep Benson was involved during the Unitil power outage. It probably helped us gain the attention we desperately needed. Thank you Representative.

But, those efforts although important were low hanging fruit in the big picture. Rep Benson promotes herself as a strong advocate
... and will not allow Boston to bully us.

Okay, Rep Benson where is your legislation that allows Lunenburg to shop around for better service providers? Did those lobbyist throw their weight around?

Isn't the greatest remedy for anger, delay.

And folks, it seems Unitil has returned to their former practices. The tree branches continue to prosper. Where are the tree crews?

Are we waiting for that next weather front to set us back again? My home is now secure with a back up generator. Our family will not sit in the dark as they did for 12 days during that winter storm.

We need an effective legislature who can introduce change, then make it happen. Anybody can vote along with ideas drafted by others on Beacon Hill.

I'm giving Kurt Hayes a 2 year opportunity to deliver. Maybe finding a way to get things done in the competitive world of business is vision and execution we desperately need.
Lunenurgermeiste r

Clinton, MA

#26 Sep 29, 2010
Lunenburg wrote:
<quoted text>
Also one of the members held a fund raiser at my neighbors house. They held it there so that it could not later be questioned....quite slick I'd say.
Laughable. No fund-raisers were held until after Representative Benson resigned from the School Committee. It's no more a conflict of interest than the recent fundraiser for her opponent at the Harley House attended by sitting Selectman Mr DeBettencourt and Mr. Sund or for that matter Mrs Padula making a buck off it. You have every right to your own opinion; you do not have a right to your own facts.
Mellon271

Boston, MA

#27 Sep 29, 2010
Mrs. Benson is a very nice lady. However...
This business about not voting for the tax increase is absolutely ridiculous. The vote that mattered was the amendment that put the measure into the budget bill. She voted against the budget because the leadership allowed her to do so, to reward her for being a good soldier.
The fact is that Jen Benson has been completely ineffective. She hasn't delivered anything but less $ for Lunenburg, and more taxes for Lunenburg's citizens.
The high school is still falling apart.
It still takes 2 hours to get to Boston (either driving or taking the train) from Lunenburg during commuting hours.
There are still just 2 cops on duty.
Unitil is still screwing us. So too is the Legislature for that matter...
Kurt Hayes has real practical experience and a successful professional track record.
Mellon271

Columbia, MO

#28 Sep 29, 2010
Read the Q&A that was in the Ledger. Telling... Rep Benson didn't actually answer the questions:

http://www.lunenburgledger.com/articles/a-qa-...
Mellon271

Boston, MA

#29 Sep 29, 2010
Correction: she did answer the last question (which wasn't in the printed version of the ledger).
facts

Acton, MA

#30 Sep 29, 2010
Lunenurgermeister wrote:
<quoted text>
Laughable. No fund-raisers were held until after Representative Benson resigned from the School Committee. It's no more a conflict of interest than the recent fundraiser for her opponent at the Harley House attended by sitting Selectman Mr DeBettencourt and Mr. Sund or for that matter Mrs Padula making a buck off it. You have every right to your own opinion; you do not have a right to your own facts.
It was NOT a fundraiser, it was a meet and greet. Didn't cost a dime to attend. Mr. DeBettencourt and Mr. Sund and other current and former local officials were there just like Milree Keeling (a known staunch Benson advocate) to meet their next State Rep.
Lunenburg

Maynard, MA

#31 Sep 29, 2010
Lunenurgermeister wrote:
<quoted text>
Laughable. No fund-raisers were held until after Representative Benson resigned from the School Committee. It's no more a conflict of interest than the recent fundraiser for her opponent at the Harley House attended by sitting Selectman Mr DeBettencourt and Mr. Sund or for that matter Mrs Padula making a buck off it. You have every right to your own opinion; you do not have a right to your own facts.
Sorry Charlie you are wrong. I know I was there...until I figured out what she was all about. Now if you want to claim you were there too then tell me what street it was on.... I didn't think so..
get involved

Acton, MA

#32 Sep 29, 2010
All these comments are great, however they alone will not win the election. Spread the word and get friends/family to vote on Nov 2nd. Get involved, make a difference and help Kurt Hayes win.
involved

AOL

#33 Sep 29, 2010
Get involved? you mean like Kurt never did before the last election?
Lunenburgermiest er

Clinton, MA

#34 Sep 29, 2010
facts wrote:
<quoted text>
It was NOT a fundraiser, it was a meet and greet. Didn't cost a dime to attend. Mr. DeBettencourt and Mr. Sund and other current and former local officials were there just like Milree Keeling (a known staunch Benson advocate) to meet their next State Rep.
Puhleeze! You're still playing fast and loose with the facts.The house partys for Representative Benson didn't cost a dime to attend either and anyone could attend and donate or not donate as they pleased. Are you telling me that there was not a table at the Harley House with campaign literature and donation envelopes? Or that no donations were accepted that night? Or that it would be sleazy or unethical for Mr. DeBettencourt and Mr. Sund to donate to the candidate of their choice? I'm now officially done with this discussion.
Independent voter

Westminster, MA

#36 Sep 29, 2010
Resident of Lunenburg wrote:
It was clear to me after watching the debate that Kurt Hayes is the person for the job. We need more folks like Kurt to bring their private sector (real world experince)to Beacon Hill.
Jen's argument that last night that her understanding of municipal goverment and her experience working in local governemnt is so important. For one, the understanding of municipal government is not that complicated. A one day crash course will get intelligent people up to speed. I learned about all it the first week out of college 19 years ago on my first municipal financial audit.
It was obvious where Jen stands last night pandering to those voters who are dependent on the government. The problem I have with Jen during her 2 years on the job is that she does not have a grasp of finance, the economy and how to create jobs. I was evident last night where she could not articulate this very well when discussing these topics.
Lastly, you gotta love hypocrisy of the Democrats when it comes to casinos. The Democrats will pass legislation to tell you how to live your lives, such as no smoking or trans fats in restaruants. Many would agree that gambling casinos are bad for society. However, the Dems can easily turn there heads on the gambling issue when they can generate revenue from the casino to expend their social programs.
Go Kurt!
I am not going to tell people how to vote for that seat, I don't live in Lunenburg and don't know about either of the candidates. But I do want to take exception to a comment made in the above post. If you are voting for Kurt Hayes because he will bring a business approach to Government, you will be sorely dissappointed if he is elected. I am not saying that is the wrong way of doing things, but it is not the way Government works (It should be, but it is not). I sit on an elected board and it is so very difficult to attempt to set budgets or do anything in a business approach. The Federal, State, and Local Government does not allow for looking ahead even a year to plan and prepare for upcoming expenses. I am not saying I advocate that way of thinking, it is just how it is. So if you are voting for Kurt Hayes because he will bring a business approach to the State House, be prepared for him not to get anything done, that is just not how it works. And if he is touting that way of thinking to get elected, he truly doesn't understand what he is up against.
loser

Acton, MA

#37 Sep 29, 2010
involved wrote:
Get involved? you mean like Kurt never did before the last election?
typical desperate attack from a progressive lib
No longer a parent

United States

#38 Sep 29, 2010
To: Get involved --

I agree with your post.

I learned a valuable lesson in life.
We tried to push back an environmental agenda - with no help from Rep Benson.

Not only did we lose the fight, we lost the privelages to have fun with our children in our own backyard.

Lots of people did launch posts on similar web sites and stopped there. I heard lots of excuses, why folks would'nt take their concerns to the next level -- by calling their Rep's.

These postings are a great way to kill time, but
create little value beyond that.

-- Email's don't work either.

One may ask what I'm doing here?.. Good question.

Find a way to ask freinds and family to vote
Kurt Hayes for State Rep.

The Federal stimulas funds are drying up.
People are done with Beacon Hill mind games. The 3% sales tax roll back will pass on a protest vote. I'm not for it.

In 2011, we need strong analytical skills and more important, someone like Kurt Hayes who can think outside the box. Local aid is an easy target. Hopefully Kurt will focus his energy on State level funding. Programs at that level - with low priorites need to be sunset. We've scaled up to many life lines and can no longer afford to carry all of them.

To be honest I would'nt want to be a Rep next year.
It's going to get ugly. Thank you Kurt.
Mike fom Leominster

Fitchburg, MA

#40 Sep 29, 2010
involved wrote:
Get involved? you mean like Kurt never did before the last election?
Silly rabbit, only the little people vote.
Problem solvers

United States

#41 Sep 29, 2010
All problem solvers have one thing in common.
It's in their DNA.
Does it matter when a resource becomes involved into process? The past means nothing.
Getting us beyond 2011 is the important question we need to focus on.
Who can deliver? I'm leaning towards a resource that made things happen at IBM. IBM comes across as having little tolerence for mistakes.
We know Mass. goverment has a history of listening to special interests and spending our money to keep those interests at bay. It may take a few years, but we need to fix a broken process, one Representative at a time.
Let's start with Kurt Hayes for State Rep
Lunenburg

Maynard, MA

#42 Sep 29, 2010
Lunenburgermiester wrote:
<quoted text>
Puhleeze! You're still playing fast and loose with the facts.The house partys for Representative Benson didn't cost a dime to attend either and anyone could attend and donate or not donate as they pleased. Are you telling me that there was not a table at the Harley House with campaign literature and donation envelopes? Or that no donations were accepted that night? Or that it would be sleazy or unethical for Mr. DeBettencourt and Mr. Sund to donate to the candidate of their choice? I'm now officially done with this discussion.
In other words...we got you and you don't like being proved wrong.

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