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Gunn: Government isn't listening to the people - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 116 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Oct 24, 2010, titled Gunn: Government isn't listening to the people - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Bill Gunn has never held political office, but the small-business owner from Ware said he had to run as the Republican candidate in the 1st District race for the U.S. House of Representatives because he said constituents aren't being heard.

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Lunenburg

Clinton, MA

#1 Oct 24, 2010
Let's hope that at some point, hopeful this election, the voters wake up as see that the Democrats have become Socialists and do NOT have the best interests of those they serve in their view!!
ConservativeGirl

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Oct 24, 2010
If you want to see the differences between Bill Gunn and John Olver, they will be debating on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner. The debate starts at 7pm. After the debate is over, you'll understand why we need Bill Gunn in Washington.
We the People

Worcester, MA

#3 Oct 24, 2010
Get out and vote, we the people need reform! The politicians are in it for a free ride, we need the governmemnt to start working for us stiffs that pay their salaries, free medical, social security, retirement etc. Like Duval said last time, "Together We Can". Together we can get rid of all the cronies, and put in people that are in it to take care of us.
abner9418

Ayer, MA

#4 Oct 24, 2010
What has Bill Gunn done in his life to deserve our support? What college did he graduate from? How successful is his business? What experience does he have in government?

Since: Dec 07

Leominster, MA

#5 Oct 24, 2010
Mr Gunn is right. But govt has also become adversarial to the point of predatory.

We need people like Mr Gunn who want smaller govt and fiscal responsibility.
Enough

Leominster, MA

#6 Oct 24, 2010
abner9418 wrote:
What has Bill Gunn done in his life to deserve our support?
Bill Gunn, citizen candidate, has leadership qualities that come naturally. He has a strong record of community involvement; public forum town halls, educational outreach and organizational meetings.

As an integral part of the WMass 912 Project he led several contingents to Washington DC to protest the Health Care Reform Bill and other issues. He co-organized the Ware RTC Committee and is a Salvation Army volunteer. As a small business owner of WLG Construction he has created jobs and provided security for his employees.

Bill was raised in Palmer, MA and lived with his parents and siblings. Both parents worked in manufacturing and lived in a family oriented neighborhood. He attended public schools and served in the US Navy until 1982. Following completion of his tour of service, he looked to re-establish his life in the private sector. During this period, this transition led Bill to understand the value of education and outreach, this led to many years of volunteer work out of a desire to help others.

Over time, Bill established his own business, became more active in his local community and volunteers at the Salvation Army, hospitals, and the Howard St. program in Springfield. Most recently he decided to put forth a candidacy for Congress out of a desire to give something back to the country that has afforded him so many opportunities.

Bill is an avid sportsman and supporter of the second amendment. Bill resides in Ware, Massachusetts with his wife MaryAnn, they have four children and two grandchildren.

THEN, there is John Olver ...

He served two terms as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1969 to 1973.

Then nine terms in the Massachusetts Senate from 1973 to 1991.

Then became a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991.

A FORTY YEAR LIFELONG POLITICIAN.

Change doesn't even begin to describe what we need here.
abner9418

Ayer, MA

#7 Oct 24, 2010
Enough wrote:
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Bill Gunn, citizen candidate, has leadership qualities that come naturally. He has a strong record of community involvement; public forum town halls, educational outreach and organizational meetings.
As an integral part of the WMass 912 Project he led several contingents to Washington DC to protest the Health Care Reform Bill and other issues. He co-organized the Ware RTC Committee and is a Salvation Army volunteer. As a small business owner of WLG Construction he has created jobs and provided security for his employees.
Bill was raised in Palmer, MA and lived with his parents and siblings. Both parents worked in manufacturing and lived in a family oriented neighborhood. He attended public schools and served in the US Navy until 1982. Following completion of his tour of service, he looked to re-establish his life in the private sector. During this period, this transition led Bill to understand the value of education and outreach, this led to many years of volunteer work out of a desire to help others.
Over time, Bill established his own business, became more active in his local community and volunteers at the Salvation Army, hospitals, and the Howard St. program in Springfield. Most recently he decided to put forth a candidacy for Congress out of a desire to give something back to the country that has afforded him so many opportunities.
Bill is an avid sportsman and supporter of the second amendment. Bill resides in Ware, Massachusetts with his wife MaryAnn, they have four children and two grandchildren.
THEN, there is John Olver ...
He served two terms as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1969 to 1973.
Then nine terms in the Massachusetts Senate from 1973 to 1991.
Then became a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991.
A FORTY YEAR LIFELONG POLITICIAN.
Change doesn't even begin to describe what we need here.
You're just reguritating propaganda from his web site. Answer the questions! Involvement in a few out of the mainstream organizations is not qualifications
Enough

Leominster, MA

#8 Oct 24, 2010
Navy experience, real world business experience, community service and community connections.

I'll take this over someone who has spent the last FORTY YEARS working as a politician.

Part of the problem or part of the solution?
abner9418

Wellesley, MA

#10 Oct 24, 2010
Enough wrote:
Navy experience, real world business experience, community service and community connections.
I'll take this over someone who has spent the last FORTY YEARS working as a politician.
Part of the problem or part of the solution?
Why won't you answer the questions?

Since: Dec 07

Leominster, MA

#11 Oct 24, 2010
Enough wrote:
Navy experience, real world business experience, community service and community connections.
I'll take this over someone who has spent the last FORTY YEARS working as a politician.
Part of the problem or part of the solution?
Hmmm, more of the same or new people that have actually had real world business/working experience?
Enough

Leominster, MA

#12 Oct 24, 2010
kamin wrote:
Hmmm, more of the same or new people that have actually had real world business/working experience?
It's funny. The same people who can't stop themselves from blaming todays problems on a prior administrations have no problem voting for a member of congress who has been here for EVERY FAILED GOVERNMENT PROGRAM in the last 40 YEARS.

Imaging going back to 1969, you know, the year we landed on the MOON, when young Mr. Olver entered public service, and hearing him promise to improve things.

I guess we just need to wait ANOTHER 40 YEARS for that to happen.

Remember in November.
abner9418

Wellesley, MA

#13 Oct 24, 2010
Enough wrote:
<quoted text>
It's funny. The same people who can't stop themselves from blaming todays problems on a prior administrations have no problem voting for a member of congress who has been here for EVERY FAILED GOVERNMENT PROGRAM in the last 40 YEARS.
Imaging going back to 1969, you know, the year we landed on the MOON, when young Mr. Olver entered public service, and hearing him promise to improve things.
I guess we just need to wait ANOTHER 40 YEARS for that to happen.
Remember in November.
Are you evading the questions?
Stop badgering

Leominster, MA

#14 Oct 24, 2010
abner9418 wrote:
<quoted text>Are you evading the questions?
I believe that person answered your questions, "regurgitation" from a website or not...

US Navy military service is reason enough to thank this man for giving his time for our country.

Owning a small business gives him, as they say, "real-world" business and fiscal experience, as opposed to someone who was bred simply for life as a politician, like the Kennedy family, or Olver's 40 yrs. This also gives him local and regional community connections that might be necessary in the position he is asking to be elected to.

The fact that he is willing to give up his spare time to volunteer for community organizations should show that he isn't some stiff just out for a quick vote. He might actually care about his community. I for one have actually met with, and had a real conversation with Olver in D.C., and that guy couldn't give a SH$T about this state, or anyone in it. If he does, he was too arrogant to bother getting that point across...

I'm not saying I'm going to vote for the guy, but "Enough" did indeed answer your questions, so back off.
Enough

Leominster, MA

#15 Oct 24, 2010
Voters need to ask themselves ...

Mr. Olver entered [cough] public service [cough] the year Kennedy committed vehicular homicide on Mary Jo, the year Armstrong landed on the moon, the year Hendrix played at Woodstock. In all that time, beyond the mindless wasteful pork barrel spending that your great grandchildren have yet to pay, how is it his legislative accomplishments can be listed on the back of a matchbook?
need change

Leominster, MA

#16 Oct 24, 2010
i'm voting for gunn, a real citizens candidate. we have nothing to loose...i like the fact that he believes that government should work for us and not us work for them. government has gotten too big and their attitude needs to change. i see the sign holders around north worcester county..don't see any for olver...hummmm.
abner9418

Wellesley, MA

#17 Oct 24, 2010
Enough wrote:
Voters need to ask themselves ...
Mr. Olver entered [cough] public service [cough] the year Kennedy committed vehicular homicide on Mary Jo, the year Armstrong landed on the moon, the year Hendrix played at Woodstock. In all that time, beyond the mindless wasteful pork barrel spending that your great grandchildren have yet to pay, how is it his legislative accomplishments can be listed on the back of a matchbook?
I asked legitimate questions. Your response is to attack the other guy. Why?
haha

Fitchburg, MA

#18 Oct 24, 2010
Abner.. If long-standing political experience is your prerequisite for serving in the congress, you are not looking for a representative of the people to petition your interests to the federal government. You are looking for a representative of the government to continue to dictate to the people what will be done by the government.
Enough

Leominster, MA

#19 Oct 24, 2010
haha wrote:
Abner.. If long-standing political experience is your prerequisite for serving in the congress, you are not looking for a representative of the people to petition your interests to the federal government. You are looking for a representative of the government to continue to dictate to the people what will be done by the government.
Brilliantly said.
need change

Leominster, MA

#20 Oct 24, 2010
abner9418 wrote:
<quoted text>I asked legitimate questions. Your response is to attack the other guy. Why?
do you have a problem with reading comprehension??? your questions have been answered several times.
abner9418

Wellesley, MA

#21 Oct 24, 2010
need change wrote:
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do you have a problem with reading comprehension??? your questions have been answered several times.
My questions have been answered? I must have missed something. Where did Bill Gunn go to college? Has Bill Gunn run a successful business? Has Bill Gunn had any life experience to lead me to believe he'd be a competent congressman? Those are my questions. Need Change why is nobody answering them?

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