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1st District needs someone who will listen - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 29 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jul 15, 2010, titled 1st District needs someone who will listen - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Occasionally miracles do happen and on July 4, U.S. Rep. John Olver actually found Fitchburg on his map and marched down Main Street with Mayor Lisa Wong in the Civic Days parade.

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Larry

Raynham, MA

#1 Jul 15, 2010
Like Mary, I too have tried to contact John Olver in writing and got a canned response that amounted to nothing but zero action, I will vote for Gunn and there is no question about it.
Larry
Gunning4Failure

Leominster, MA

#2 Jul 15, 2010
Gunn was on these boards sing the praises of trickle-down economics. Considering the widespread devistation of his economic philosophy, anyone willing to vote for Gunn needs to have their head examined.
Point of View

Gardner, MA

#3 Jul 15, 2010
Ditto, Larry.
i have also tried to contact Mr. Olver, or as I like to call him,Mr.Rubberstamp, but he must have "misplaced" my email.
Hey John, I hear Walmart is hiring, so better touch up that resume, you are going to need it.
Gunning4Victory

Leominster, MA

#4 Jul 15, 2010
Bill Gunn has the heart and mind to take us to a smaller government!
If you like the machine in your house, bank and directly sticking their hands in your wallet then by all means, stick with no show John. But, if you want someone who listens and RESPONDS then come down and meet Bill. He will be at the corner of Summer St and John Fitch. this Saturday from 11-1. Or you are welcome to join him at the Twin Cities Town Hall on July 27 at the Columbia hall in Leominster. Any questions go to BillGunnForCongress.com and contact the Worcester Coordinator.
Don't just take my word for who Bill is. Meet him yourself and judge. At least he gives you the chance to talk to him.:-)
21 Gunn Salute

United States

#5 Jul 15, 2010
Clearly, Keynesian economics has failed us ie The stimulus bill, the omnibus bill, TARP I , The jobs bill etc.etc. Unemployment remains high and the only sector to add jobs is the government sector. Higher taxes are on the way to pay for these jobs as well as all these bailouts. The budget (2010/2011) they just passed with the continuation of reckless spending will no doubt fail us too!
I'll take Supply Side Economics any day over this nonsense..Go Bill Gunn !
Bill

Northampton, MA

#6 Jul 16, 2010
Hi again Gunning for failure,
Again I invite you to attend any one of our events. You and I can discuss political and economic philosophies. Our country was founded by people that disagreed, I offer Madison and Hamilton.
The thing is, they conversed and did the right things at the right time. I ask you (and this is rhetorical), do you really think that we have honest representation right now? If your answer is "no", then to allow our congress to pass anything is insane. Left or right, we need people that will honestly express their agenda, their beliefs and their course of action to follow.
I will do that; there is no doubt that you know my political and economic philosophies. I am not trying to make a false presentation that may seem acceptable to people, while hiding my true motives. Any honest appraisal of most in power now will reveal dishonesty, i.e. appealing to the center, spinning the facts etc. A candidate should say who they are and how they will legislate and allow you to decide based upon reality. I am doing that!
Bill Gunn
MrM

Fitchburg, MA

#7 Jul 16, 2010
The writer must be a real pain -- I have written to Congressman Olver many times and always seemed a response. Once when in DC I was even invited in to meet him and sat in his office. We don't need someone who will be a reliable vote for John Boehner and his ilk.
MrM

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Jul 16, 2010
Sorry for typo -- that should read that I have always received a response from Olver's office.
Enough Already

Gardner, MA

#9 Jul 16, 2010
Bill wrote:
Hi again Gunning for failure,
Again I invite you to attend any one of our events. You and I can discuss political and economic philosophies. Our country was founded by people that disagreed, I offer Madison and Hamilton.
The thing is, they conversed and did the right things at the right time. I ask you (and this is rhetorical), do you really think that we have honest representation right now? If your answer is "no", then to allow our congress to pass anything is insane. Left or right, we need people that will honestly express their agenda, their beliefs and their course of action to follow.
I will do that; there is no doubt that you know my political and economic philosophies. I am not trying to make a false presentation that may seem acceptable to people, while hiding my true motives. Any honest appraisal of most in power now will reveal dishonesty, i.e. appealing to the center, spinning the facts etc. A candidate should say who they are and how they will legislate and allow you to decide based upon reality. I am doing that!
Bill Gunn
Mr. Gunn, would you be in favor of an immediate repeal of Obama's healthcare debacle?
Also, would you support the federal law to enforce our immigration problem along the borders to keep out the criminals that are coming to this country every day?
The current administration won't even use the term "terrorism", but seems to almost turn a blind eye to the fact that this country is being infiltrated daily be people whose sole intent is to kill Americans.
We need to get back to basic's in this country and start placing laws into effect that would make it a capitol offense to commit terrorism.
Enough of this PC crap, its wrong and it doesn't make any sense.
Shaking My Head

Gardner, MA

#10 Jul 16, 2010
I received very important help from Olver's office last winter. Olver's help was a lifesaver. I can't thank his staff enough. I will remember that on election day.
Bill

Northampton, MA

#11 Jul 16, 2010
Repeal of the health care legislation is part of my platform. I will work on that until that is completed.
I assert that we need to secure ALL of our borders; we need to know who is in our country and why. We need to know that anyone coming to our country wants to be an asset to our society.
I believe it is a capital offense to commit an act of terrorism, it is the responsibility of the executive branch to enforce such laws.
Gunning4Failure

Leominster, MA

#12 Jul 16, 2010
Bill wrote:
Repeal of the health care legislation is part of my platform. I will work on that until that is completed.
I assert that we need to secure ALL of our borders; we need to know who is in our country and why. We need to know that anyone coming to our country wants to be an asset to our society.
I believe it is a capital offense to commit an act of terrorism, it is the responsibility of the executive branch to enforce such laws.
How can you commit to repealing legislation that is not fully implemented yet? Don't you find it irresponsible to try to tear down a policy that could successfully contain costs?

What if it just becomes more and more popular as each stage is implemented? Will you break your promise and support the law?

The last piece of healthcare legislation enacted by republicans was the very costly and unfunded "part D" program. If this is what the "replacement" healthcare legislation from the republicans looks like, will you vote party line and pass another costly, unfunded, but more industry friendly bill? Or will you break that campaign promise and vote against, knowing that nothing will get done to fix the broken system that a repeal of "Obamacare" will return us?

Your web site says you will always vote for tax cuts. How do you propose to keep your campaign promise of cutting deficits and taxes at the same time?

Will you vote to gut Medicare? Social Security? Military spending?

What about corporate tax breaks and subsidies? Are those sacred cows eligible for the chopping block or will you maintain the republican party policy of corporate welfare?

Enough Already

Gardner, MA

#13 Jul 16, 2010
Bill wrote:
Repeal of the health care legislation is part of my platform. I will work on that until that is completed.
I assert that we need to secure ALL of our borders; we need to know who is in our country and why. We need to know that anyone coming to our country wants to be an asset to our society.
I believe it is a capital offense to commit an act of terrorism, it is the responsibility of the executive branch to enforce such laws.
Thanks for your reply, bill.
We all know that once this health care plan is fully implemented, it is going to create a gigantic bureaucracy.
Small business in particular is going to suffer under the weight this plan, and many will not be able to stay in business.
We need to get our fiscal house in order, and stop assuming that the way to fix the problems of this nation are to throw more and more of tax payer dollars into the pot by raising taxes.
Obama promised in the beginning of the health care debate that any one earning under 250,000.00 a year would not pay a single dime in additional taxes to pay for his plan,and we all know that is not the case, in fact the total opposite is true, because everybody, whether rich or poor, is going to be paying through the nose.
His promise of transparency within his administration was also not true, as evidenced by the arm twisting and closed door sessions that were held while the debate was still progress.
We are in "desperate" need of politicians that will not lie just to get elected, then turn around and forget their campaign promises.
This will become quite evident in the November elections, and those who only want to rubberstamp all legislation to keep the party line going are going to realize that being elected is a privilege, not a mandate to force every hair brained scheme of a few misguided fools upon the constituents who gave them the honor of serving.
Bill Gunn

Olivebridge, NY

#14 Jul 17, 2010
Gunning,
I really like the play on my name; and I'm not being disingenuous when I say that. Kudos!
Now to some of your questions!
President Bush's introduction of unfunded entitlements and requirements was insane, he is not a free market capitalist. The entire Republican platform does not reflect mine.
This healthcare legislation is going to further bankrupt the nation and decrease quality of care; the people being assembled to administer it are already letting us know that.
Any health care reform needs to start with real discussions with doctors, hospital administrators, and yes insurance companies and a large part of the citizenry of the nation. I held seven town hall meetings in Mr. Olver's absence last fall, and the PEOPLE of our nation know how to fix most problems confronting them.
Now if you want a universal, tax funded health care system, put that out for everyone to see. We all know that the politicians have put this bill through as a trojan horse for that purpose and are lying to our faces saying this is not a government takeover of the industry.
The mandates are designed to force the insurance industry into bankruptcy, by forcing them to cover folks that are high risk thereby increasing premiums to unimaginable rates. Nothing, absolutely nothing in that legislation does anyhting to control costs. They lied about the actual costs by requiring the states to pick up most of the costs; they will either assume those costs or state and local taxes are going to skyrocket. They bribed and manipulated the thing through congress.
So yes, I will work until this abomination to the people is repealed. It must be done before it is implemented.
Reduced taxation will stimulate growth in business. Growth in business (production) will stimulate the economy and increase revenue to the government.
When I say cut spending, I do mean from ALL budgets. For answer to corporate question, please see the other link You and I are conversing on. I'm sure the conversation you want to have regarding corporations includes outsourcing American jobs. This will never stop if the government does not stop taxing and regulating business off of our shores.
Again, attend an event; we'll probably both leave a little more enlightened than when we walk in.
Bill
Bill Gunn

Olivebridge, NY

#15 Jul 17, 2010
Correction upon reading my post. While much of the Republican platform does mirror my own, I am independent of thought and have ideas that may differ with the platform of theRepublican party.
Lynch for State Senate

Concord, MA

#16 Jul 17, 2010
Bill Gunn wrote:
Correction upon reading my post. While much of the Republican platform does mirror my own, I am independent of thought and have ideas that may differ with the platform of theRepublican party.
My name is Kevin Lynch. I am running as an Independent for the State Senate seat currently held by Jennifer Flanagan.I am running as a write in candidate due to my late entry. I know that I have a tough road ahead as a write in candidate but we have a plan in place for election day and the month proceeding.

I am sure that you do not remember me; you handed me your flier during the parade in Fitchburg. I took this flier home with me and read the entire flier. I am concerned with a few things.

My campaign moto is Americans interest first and foremost. Within your flier you mention, repealing the health care bill and lower taxes. I believe that America is faced with alarming issues that must be addressed a sap. One being I would like to know your position on my proposal to immediately freeze all work visas and keep it frozen until every American has the opportunity of employment.

I would also like to see a bill crafted around the idea of outlawing bonuses over $2000 a year for any and all employees. Ford exec just received a $48 million dollar bonus and the second in charge received one for $26 million. We need legislation passed in reference to these outrageous bonuses. What is your position?

Another top issue I believe is the outsourcing of American jobs by American companies. Would you support legislation that would make it a law that any and all American company must retain 90% of their workforce inside America?

Another issue is illegal immigration, in 2004 Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency in New Mexico due to an illegal immigration overflow that was crippling that state financially. In 2010, Arizonas' problems have got a lot worse than the New Mexico state of emergency. I fully support Arizona. Should we request impeachment of President Obama as I believe that he violated his oath of office through this lawsuit against Arizona and his vocal support of Amnesty??

For the repeal of the Health care bill to be your top priority I feel is missing the top emergency issues that need to be addressed. We cannot keep borrowing money from China in order to stimulate American consumer spending to in turn support India's economy! Before we curve government spending we need real physical jobs! Do you feel that by cutting government spending before job creation and re-invention that you would be creating serious chaos in America?

Lower taxes is always a campaign lure for Republicans. At a time when Leominster is facing teacher cuts and Fitchburg is facing Police department needs that it cannot meet within its budget, isn't there solutions that you should be advocating before cutting taxes? I state this because this country is facing either a huge tax increase or another major stimulus package along with extension of unemployment benefits towards the three year benefit unheard of mark. This is today's reality! This isn't a smoke show, it is real. I believe that if we focus 100% of employing Americans then taxes will follow the decreased need for them and teachers and alike will not have to worry about job security.
Enough Already

Gardner, MA

#17 Jul 17, 2010
Lynch for State Senate wrote:
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My name is Kevin Lynch. I am running as an Independent for the State Senate seat currently held by Jennifer Flanagan.I am running as a write in candidate due to my late entry. I know that I have a tough road ahead as a write in candidate but we have a plan in place for election day and the month proceeding.
I am sure that you do not remember me; you handed me your flier during the parade in Fitchburg. I took this flier home with me and read the entire flier. I am concerned with a few things.
My campaign moto is Americans interest first and foremost. Within your flier you mention, repealing the health care bill and lower taxes. I believe that America is faced with alarming issues that must be addressed a sap. One being I would like to know your position on my proposal to immediately freeze all work visas and keep it frozen until every American has the opportunity of employment.
I would also like to see a bill crafted around the idea of outlawing bonuses over $2000 a year for any and all employees. Ford exec just received a $48 million dollar bonus and the second in charge received one for $26 million. We need legislation passed in reference to these outrageous bonuses. What is your position?
Another top issue I believe is the outsourcing of American jobs by American companies. Would you support legislation that would make it a law that any and all American company must retain 90% of their workforce inside America?
Another issue is illegal immigration, in 2004 Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency in New Mexico due to an illegal immigration overflow that was crippling that state financially. In 2010, Arizonas' problems have got a lot worse than the New Mexico state of emergency. I fully support Arizona. Should we request impeachment of President Obama as I believe that he violated his oath of office through this lawsuit against Arizona and his vocal support of Amnesty??
For the repeal of the Health care bill to be your top priority I feel is missing the top emergency issues that need to be addressed. We cannot keep borrowing money from China in order to stimulate American consumer spending to in turn support India's economy! Before we curve government spending we need real physical jobs! Do you feel that by cutting government spending before job creation and re-invention that you would be creating serious chaos in America?
Lower taxes is always a campaign lure for Republicans. At a time when Leominster is facing teacher cuts and Fitchburg is facing Police department needs that it cannot meet within its budget, isn't there solutions that you should be advocating before cutting taxes? I state this because this country is facing either a huge tax increase or another major stimulus package along with extension of unemployment benefits towards the three year benefit unheard of mark. This is today's reality! This isn't a smoke show, it is real. I believe that if we focus 100% of employing Americans then taxes will follow the decreased need for them and teachers and alike will not have to worry about job security.
Mr. Lynch, I am an independant voter, and have no allegiance to either GOP or Democratic party.
Can you tell me a little bit about your personal background, including your marital status, religious affiliations, and who you most admire in American politics, and why.
See, I am not so much interested in where you went to college, although that's important, but where your roots come from, and what your visions for America is.
Concered Citizen

Gardner, MA

#18 Jul 17, 2010
Bill Gunn wrote:
Correction upon reading my post. While much of the Republican platform does mirror my own, I am independent of thought and have ideas that may differ with the platform of theRepublican party.
Mr. Gunn, i would also like to pose the same question to you that I asked of Mr. Lynch, who has yet to respond.
What is your background, including marital status, religion, most admired American, and why.
Again, I have no party affiliation, am an Independant and undecided voter.
I am not interested in how much money either of you have or who is endorsing you for office, whether any politician or state, federal or private organization says.
I will base my decision solely on the character of the person and the values he holds dear.
Bill Gunn

Olivebridge, NY

#19 Jul 18, 2010
Hi Concerned,
I was born in 1961 in Palmer, MA. I lived in Palmer until 13 yrs. moved to NC then Ohio. I joined the Navy just after high school in 1979 and trained as an electrician's mate, I got out of the Navy in 1982.
I was trained as an electronic's technician in 1983, unfortunately I gambled that analog electronics was the future.
I am married to my second wife for 16 yrs., I have two children from my first marriage, she has two also. We have two grand children.
I own a small business in Ware (construction), I am self educated in the field of US history. I am not a politician. I am a Christian!
There are many historic figures I admire: Ben Franklin; brilliant man that knew when to use compromise and when not to; Madison, the author of the Constitution; Washington, was willing to give everything for the freedom of his country; Jackson, crushed the first federal bank and was willing to offer his ife and his reputation to do so; Jefferson, loved liberty; Reagan, loved his country and was unapologetic for doing what was right; Kennedy, changed his mind on the matter of civil rights when the matter was presented as a matter of human dignity.
I admire Ron Paul, he will state his position even though it may be unpopular, to a lesser degree Dennis Kucinich, he did cave in on health care reform after a visit from the president. Alan Keyes, again a brilliiant man on all things historic and Constitutional. It is unfortunate that there are not too many people I find to admire in our government today. But there are many people stepping up this election that are not career politicians.
My vision for America is quite simple. I envision a federal government that actually operates within the confines of the Constitution, protecting the Natural rights of all. I envision the states and communities and individuals assuming more control, authority and responsibility. Along with this vision is a tremendous reduction of spending and taxation by the federal government.
I envision a more engaged public, because if most control and responsibility is local, everyone will know their voice matters.
I hope this answers some of your questions.
Thanx Bill
Bill Gunn

Olivebridge, NY

#20 Jul 18, 2010
Kevin,
You and I have corresponded at length before, your approach is more than a little disingenuous. Rather than asking me questions you already know the answers to, simply state your position. I have no desire to debate you. You are wrong on most matters economic!
Your desire to prohibit businesses from protecting their bottom line is ridiculous and counter productive; the end result of what you offer will end with complete government control or ownership of the means of production. The imposition of maximum wages or bonuses is fascistic, despotic and/or populist; either way the damage to industry and liberty would be incredible.
You have no idea what freedom really is; you play one group of people against another. You try to create a class of oppressed and a class of oppressor; thereby creating a group that is always the victim. Look back through history, many have done this, the result is never good.
You and I are running for different positions. You should really consider taking on the person you are running against, because I am not going to take one vote away from you, unless you force my hand.
North Korea has 100% employment, maybe we should follow their example? I encourage everyone to look closely at your positions and decide if you or your opponent offers more freedom. http://www.topix.com/forum/city/fort-devens-m...

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