Olver urges district redraw

Olver urges district redraw

There are 9 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Aug 11, 2008, titled Olver urges district redraw. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

If the looming 2010 census costs Massachusetts a congressional seat, the sparsely populated 1st Congressional District will be vulnerable, according to U.S. Rep.

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DAVE HARDING

Old Chatham, NY

#1 Aug 11, 2008
Congress currently enjoys a 9% approval rating and if you read this article carefully, you will know why. Redistricting should not be about protecting seats so that the goodies can be doled out to the people of the district. For all of Congressman Olver's 8 terms, Congress has virtually ignored the many problems that confront us and has been solely interested in protecting its own interests. There is NO good reason to re-elect Olver and lots of reasons to send him home - the ongoing war, no energy policy that makes sense. no movement on health care, and on and on and on. Congressman Olver has failed and should be soundly defeated.
amandavives

Glens Falls, NY

#2 Aug 11, 2008
The only time you here from Olver is when he is running for re-election.
Prove me wrong

Albany, NY

#3 Aug 11, 2008
Olver will finally retire when his district is eliminated. No mystery here.
Andy

Chicopee, MA

#4 Aug 11, 2008
Jack Dew needs to look at a map. He writes that the 1st CD is spread over four counties. Try six counties Jack, you left out Worcester and Middlesex (in addition to Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire).
newsketeer

United States

#5 Aug 11, 2008
amandavives wrote:
The only time you here from Olver is when he is running for re-election.
Hate to admit it, but this is true. I've been on Olver's mailing list for two years, but all of the sudden this summer I'm getting emails about all the great things he and Congress are doing.

I actually interviewed Olver at his 1111 Longmont Bldg. office in Washington, and he is very knowledgeable and has a broad understanding of the national issues. But, even though he made histrionics and gesticulations about the Constitution, the Military Tribunal Act and domestic spying, and then went on to blame a "supine" 109th Congress (I was with him during the inauguration of the 110th Congress), he seems to have fallen into the same melancholy.

Maybe he's been there too long, I don't know. I like the guy, he always gave me the evil eye, and I never felt he especially liked me, not sure why, since he knows next to nothing about me. I always figured it was because he's tall and blond and Nordic looking, I'm sort of short, stocky and Mediterranean looking, and he is just above it all.

He has had some great ideas for this area, though I recently heard he needed a lot of persuasion to endorse enterprises like the Northern Tier Project.

I met his candidate recently on the Republican ticket, and although not myself a Republican, this young man, Nathan Bech, is running on a moderate, bipartisan platform. I'd hate for the Dems to lose a seat in Congress, but what can you say or do overcome inertia?

On the plus side, Olver's voting record is mostly good, though I have some question about him being out of touch on some issues.
Ed Anger Jr

Easthampton, MA

#6 Aug 11, 2008
Draw a big circle around Spice and make that his district, he'll get re-relected for sure.

“Everything is local”

Since: Apr 08

Great Barrington, MA

#7 Aug 11, 2008
I remember talking to Olver shortly after the Great Barrington Police Station was built, and the town was working on a new Fire Station. He suggested that we put the two projects together, not realizing that we had just finished the Police Station. He is truly an out of touch Congressman.

During the 2002 Democratic State Convention I ran into in a line at a party. I said 'Hello' to him and he was surprised I knew him. I reminded him that he was my rep and his picture is posted throughout his district. He was rather surprised by the news about his picture.
mike from open mike

Shelburne Falls, MA

#8 Aug 12, 2008
must be something in this for olver.......another four-flushing politician. i hope i live long enough to see and take part in a revolution. it is time to get rid of our so called leaders and take this country back before they lose it all!!!!!!!!!!
Charles Colla

Berne, NY

#10 Aug 12, 2008
How do I contact Barny Frank

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