Chelmsford officials on recall effort...

Chelmsford officials on recall effort: Enough

There are 35 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Oct 24, 2010, titled Chelmsford officials on recall effort: Enough. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

A petition to recall two members of the Planning Board has town officials claiming one resident has taken the political process "too far." After collecting 25 signatures from each of the town's nine voter precincts, and having them confirmed by the town clerk, Chelmsford resident Roland VanLiew has until Nov.

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Harry

Wilmington, MA

#1 Oct 24, 2010
Too Far! Your kidding.

This is what has to happen all over America. Angry taxpayers rising up and fighting back against corrupt public officials and fighting back against the sickness that has become public government.
Blanche

Salem, MA

#2 Oct 24, 2010
Harry wrote:
Too Far! Your kidding.
This is what has to happen all over America. Angry taxpayers rising up and fighting back against corrupt public officials and fighting back against the sickness that has become public government.
Well it looks like Jerry "van" Loew is finally partaking in the selectmen campaign. Now that he finally figured out what classification is, he is on a hot streak. van LEWD's shill has "no special interest" that he reports to except for the despicable Roland.
Angelo Mysterioso

Chelmsford, MA

#3 Oct 24, 2010
HARRY - Please let me know how these individuals are corrupt??? They cast a vote that one guy didn't like. One of them was re-elected this Spring and that was AFTER the vote that has the recaller upset. This is a clear abuse of the process.
Galactically Stupid

Lowell, MA

#4 Oct 24, 2010
ok; corrupt? maybe not. Galactically stupid? Absolutely!! Hypocrites? undoubtedly. And if the Board of Selectmen had not hid behind "executive session" for 9 months, we would not have this albatross on North Road....and now they have the gall to "make a public statement" ?? and what are they going to do? advocate the voters dont sign a recall petition?? Its fine when they want to hold a special election at the drop of a hat, but god forbid someone utilizes legal means to get 10% of voters' signatures......cowardly hypocrites....recall em all!!!
Thomas

Westford, MA

#5 Oct 24, 2010
If the recall vote succeeds, does that mean they can never run for that office again?
Blanche

Salem, MA

#6 Oct 24, 2010
Thomas wrote:
If the recall vote succeeds, does that mean they can never run for that office again?
Forget about the vote succeeding, if that nutcase van liew can get 2.500 signatures to get it on the ballot then these town needs a serious enema.
Townie

Chelmsford, MA

#7 Oct 24, 2010
I've never seen a structure go up so fast & so close to water resources. A true example of corruption in local gov. ALL who approved this multi-story eyesore are party to this. FOR SHAME
Keep up the good fight Roland!
First of all

Chelmsford, MA

#8 Oct 24, 2010
Galactically Stupid wrote:
ok; corrupt? maybe not. Galactically stupid? Absolutely!! Hypocrites? undoubtedly. And if the Board of Selectmen had not hid behind "executive session" for 9 months, we would not have this albatross on North Road....and now they have the gall to "make a public statement" ?? and what are they going to do? advocate the voters dont sign a recall petition?? Its fine when they want to hold a special election at the drop of a hat, but god forbid someone utilizes legal means to get 10% of voters' signatures......cowardly hypocrites....recall em all!!!
Your name is perfect.........
Not again Fran

Tyngsboro, MA

#9 Oct 24, 2010
I love how people keep saying that this is "only one person" Thousands of Chelmsford residents are angry over the policies of our elected officials and the clearly insider-trading approval of the travesty at 9 north road was the last straw.
If we knew the whole truth, some of them could probably get fined or worse, but certainly the outrage over the approval of the building is from the town as a whole and not just one person. A lab monkey could see that.
Galactically Stupid

Lowell, MA

#10 Oct 24, 2010
and if this town were to receive a serious enema, "Blanche" would be the first one outta the chute!!
SkipperJim

AOL

#11 Oct 24, 2010
It is certainly not "one person". No question on "insider trading". We needed a new fire station and how convenient was it for a fromer selectman to use his influence to grapbland from "all the citizens of Chelmsford", as the preservation restriction read. It really is the last straw in a series of mismanaged
fiascos by town appointees. How about the "special elections" forced upon us to spend 25 million for the DPW and Fire Station? Fortunately, wisdom prevailed but the perpetrators are still in office. No more appointees.
And our Fire Trucks are still parked outside while a new monument to stupidity rises behind a crumbling building. Wake up people.
Conspiracy Nut

Cambridge, MA

#12 Oct 24, 2010
Thomas wrote:
If the recall vote succeeds, does that mean they can never run for that office again?
Actually, they can run in the special election and get re-elected. So, Mr. I want to threaten everyone who disagrees with me will need to not only get 10% of the voter signatures, but will need to find a majority to prevent them from being re-elected. Good luck...
FRIENDS OF PHILLY

Lowell, MA

#13 Oct 24, 2010
Why not just ask the Eliopoulos Clan and whats left of the FORMER Friends of Philly to pony up a few grand a piece and that might cover the cost of this special election. They caused this fiasco lets see them put their money where their mouths are. Nice try by Phillies close personal friend Rita to write an article that attacks Mr Van Liew and not the real cause of all this animosity in our once nice little town, PHILLIP ELIOPOULOS. Hopefully after building this monstrousity and a heavy rain it will sink into the 10 FEET of fill that was hauled into what was once CENTRAL PARK. Dont forget to tell the patriarch, BIG MIKE, that the captain always goes down with the ship!!
Executive session

Lowell, MA

#14 Oct 24, 2010
Get the minutes from the 3 executive sessions that the BOS went into and discussed this matter without discussing it in open session.
BOS was not the topic of any litigation .
They might have sought legal advice but that is not grounds for secret executive sessions, no reason why they could not discuss this in the open. Ask any of them and they break out in a cold sweat.

No other board or committee should have decided anything, permits , approvals until AFTER the BOs , the enforcing authority weighted in.
Re HARRY

Lowell, MA

#15 Oct 24, 2010
Harry, the sicknessare the CEOs that laid everyone off, assuming you work unless you gat government social security, medicare and a military pension for no.

Govt bashing is a ruse, the countryclub types that are taking you to the cleaners love it, but then again you can get past the gate at the countryclub unless you're washing dishes.
Stating the Obvious

Lowell, MA

#16 Oct 24, 2010
Recall provisions are not trivial. They are purposely difficult to achieve. If Roland can get the validated signatures required, then let's have the vote. And even then a majority vote is required. Getting 10% of the electorate to sign is not easy - especially when compared against the typical percentage of eligible voters that participate in an election. You are asking many hundreds of people to put their name down on a petition and be counted - in name. That in itself is a pretty strong signal. Personally, I find Roland to be "cure" that makes one more ill. I wish he'd be more constructive.
Tired of mudslinging

Chelmsford, MA

#17 Oct 25, 2010
Our town cannot afford the $17,000 to $18,000 for what amounts to a witch hunt by this man. We are already facing a significant deficit next year and if Question 3 passes we will have to cut even more. Every penny matters.

Instead of looking for conspiracy around every corner, people should just step up and run for these offices next April.
van liew hates Catholics

Salem, MA

#18 Oct 25, 2010
Pronatalist Zealotry and Reproductive Rights:
How Catholic Militants Seized Control of U.S. Family Planning Programs
Roland Van Liew

Roland Van Liew manages his own computer software business and is an environmental activist in eastern Massachusetts.
Why is Depo-Provera, the world’s safest, most reliable contraceptive, banned in the United States? Why does the United States have a so-called Mexico City Policy restricting family planning assistance to the third world? Why is RU-486, the “abortion pill,” prohibited from even being tested in the United States?
The primary foe of reproductive rights for over a century has been the Roman Catholic church. During the last decade in particular, the Vatican has had staggering success in stifling family planning programs worldwide and especially in the United States. The Church’s role in dismantling U.S. government support for family planning and rational population policies has been shrouded in secrecy and protected by a code of silence in the press. But there are clear indications of a frontal assault on our political system.
There is startling new evidence that the Church wields highly effective and illicit political influence. Saying he has “begun speaking out more frankly,” a former top federal official has blown the whistle on the political dealing and dirty tricks used to cripple U.S. population assistance programs. For fourteen years, Dr. R. T. Ravenholt directed successful U.S. efforts to help third-world countries curb their rampant population growth, only to watch the program be systematically dismantled. In a 1991 report, Dr. Ravenholt details how Catholic bishops and Catholic presidential appointees planned--and largely achieved--the sabotage of U.S. family planning programs.
Full circle

Newark, NJ

#19 Oct 25, 2010
Harrington is going to try to sell high-quality cuts of meat outside the polls on Election Day.

Trinity Ambulance will give him a ride to and from the polls.

The North Chelmsford post office will be slow delivering the day's mail.

Tell everyone!
portly

Poughkeepsie, NY

#20 Oct 25, 2010
van liew hates Catholics wrote:
Pronatalist Zealotry and Reproductive Rights:
How Catholic Militants Seized Control of U.S. Family Planning Programs
Roland Van Liew
Roland Van Liew manages his own computer software business and is an environmental activist in eastern Massachusetts.
Why is Depo-Provera, the world’s safest, most reliable contraceptive, banned in the United States? Why does the United States have a so-called Mexico City Policy restricting family planning assistance to the third world? Why is RU-486, the “abortion pill,” prohibited from even being tested in the United States?
The primary foe of reproductive rights for over a century has been the Roman Catholic church. During the last decade in particular, the Vatican has had staggering success in stifling family planning programs worldwide and especially in the United States. The Church’s role in dismantling U.S. government support for family planning and rational population policies has been shrouded in secrecy and protected by a code of silence in the press. But there are clear indications of a frontal assault on our political system.
There is startling new evidence that the Church wields highly effective and illicit political influence. Saying he has “begun speaking out more frankly,” a former top federal official has blown the whistle on the political dealing and dirty tricks used to cripple U.S. population assistance programs. For fourteen years, Dr. R. T. Ravenholt directed successful U.S. efforts to help third-world countries curb their rampant population growth, only to watch the program be systematically dismantled. In a 1991 report, Dr. Ravenholt details how Catholic bishops and Catholic presidential appointees planned--and largely achieved--the sabotage of U.S. family planning programs.
Roland Van Liew is a hypocrite and a bigot.

Gee Roland, Its OK for you to go buy your big newly developed manse back in 2000 ... Got tired of living in that little dump on Westford Street?What's the matter now? Are you afraid someone will build low income housing behind your manse on Hemlock on what looks like a gerrymandered lot? Don't worry .. its wetlands back there right up to your back door. You're secluded compound is safe from us hillbilly riffraff.

Funny how this all of these guys are related one way or another. Steve Burliss (the guy that died so Santa Rosa could build Roland's manse) attorney was none other then one or our former disgraced and disbarred selectman that went before the current board of disgraced selectman to argue against old Phil (another disgraced former selectman) and is papa (Chelmsford's land Barron).

Roland and the Epsilon gang deserve each other. The problem is that the law abiding, tax paying residents of the Town of Chelmsford are the ones that are being ripped off.

Our elected officials are all either in on the shenanigans and lining their pockets at our expense or they're too stupid to realize what the others are doing.

Roland, why don't you move to Brookline?

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