Chelmsford selectman candidate vows l...

Chelmsford selectman candidate vows lawsuit if land-flip charge...

There are 56 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 1, 2009, titled Chelmsford selectman candidate vows lawsuit if land-flip charge.... In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Saying an anti-40B group tried to derail his campaign, selectman candidate Donald Van Dyne is pushing forward on a lawsuit.

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lefty chelmsford

Gloucester, MA

#42 Apr 2, 2009
Kudos to all 6 for running in these troubled times!!!
S Reed

Merrimack, NH

#43 Apr 2, 2009
The buyer in a land flip is a participant, so the statement was technically correct and there's no legal need to retract it. A thinking reader might ask how the buyer might have benefited (maybe a reciprocal deal somewhere else?) and look into it a bit further before deciding who to vote for.
Self inflicted

Grand Rapids, MI

#44 Apr 2, 2009
Pundint wrote:
After reading these posts, it looks like the Dixon smear campaign is going full throttle. Not sure why? Oh Yeah, paranoia!
Don't kid yourself. If VanDyne loses ( and I myself think he will ), it was by his own hand. But I'm sure he will blame others.
The Punisher

Burlington, MA

#45 Apr 2, 2009
VD is just another crook looking to gain more power. He doesn't care about anyone or anything he just wants to line his pockets even deeper in this bad exconomy. Unfortunately if he is elected it will then be at the expence of the people of Chelmsford. Vote no to corruption vote for anyone else but dixon and VD....
K G Chelmsford

Burlington, MA

#47 Apr 2, 2009
"Security Concerned" says VD has served Chelmsford well and then slams Jim Murray as having no ideas. VD has been on the Finance committee for a while, and has done nothing to help break the deadlock in health coverage negotiations, estimated to be costing the town anywhere from $800,000 to $1,400,000 a year. Jim Murray has the knowledge and the political will to push the Town Manager to creatively and successfully resolve that. Murray has already done what no other candidate has done, which is reach out to union negotiators and begin to lay out a plan to create a satisfactory result. If Jim's elected, Chelmsford's town employees can finally look forward to fewer layoffs and, what are those things called, oh yeah, raises.
Ugly Beauty

Lowell, MA

#49 Apr 2, 2009
"right now we need someone in finance to help this community recover.."

How do 40B developments help that? 40B is ponzi scheme. One has to maintain 10% affordable housing. The affordable housing become (un?)affordable housing after 10 years. The 10% bar becomes numerically higher and higher and yet can never be achieved but for brief periods. At what expense? Our.

The only folks who profit are the developers. The town is stuck with the costs of services and schools.

Why should Chelmsford (or any place) destroy it's open space and character for a developer's profit? If we're serious about affordable housing, keep the "affordable" units affordable - permanently. We need less expensive housing to keep the young from leaving to places where they can afford to live. We need less expensive housing for retired, disabled, less well off, and elderly.

We don't need VD and Dixon trying to "help" us.
Paul

Washington, DC

#50 Apr 2, 2009
I have known Donsld since he waa a student at American University.

As a former next-door neighbor,I think of one word when it comes to Donald: integrity.

You may agree or disagree with the 40B program and that is a voter's right. To assinate Donald's character is not.
Tony C

Gloucester, MA

#51 Apr 2, 2009
I tend to agree with you on Donald, Paul and plan to vote for him.

It is Dixon's "inner circle" of guilt ridden characters who are making this campaign very low rent (not to be confused with affordable housing).
Right thing

Chelmsford, MA

#52 Apr 2, 2009
I was voting for Donald early in the campaign, but after all these accusation,,,,,I'm thinking

He deserves my vote more than ever! The guy hasn't even been elected and these clowns are already on the attack

Good luck Donald, shut them all down
Will not vote for drama

Dallas, TX

#54 Apr 3, 2009
All of the candidates appear qualified to be a Selectman. However I see one of the most important qualifications to be the ability to effectively work with many different types of people and their personalities.
Unfortunately it appears that Van Dyne, Dixon and Hanson have already caused or fueled additional polarization in town with their actions/words and no one is even in office yet. If there is this much drama now, I can't even imagine how unhealthy and unproductive the next three years will be.
While this drama is all very entertaining for the papers and forums, it is ultimately destructive to our Town.
None of these three gentlemen will receive my vote.
sick of this

Ayer, MA

#56 Apr 3, 2009
I am so sick of the slimy small town politics, Will vote for Dixon and Van Dyne who are the only two serious candidates, just as I thought at the beginning of all this momsense. The only thing that changed in the interim is I briefly considered Scanlon then dismissed him as I became aware of the company he keeps.
K G Chelmsford

Burlington, MA

#58 Apr 3, 2009
Sounds like "sick of this" is one of the Selectmen. All that matters is the company you keep. Theirs.
inside

Lowell, MA

#59 Apr 3, 2009
sick of this wrote:
I am so sick of the slimy small town politics, Will vote for Dixon and Van Dyne who are the only two serious candidates, just as I thought at the beginning of all this momsense. The only thing that changed in the interim is I briefly considered Scanlon then dismissed him as I became aware of the company he keeps.
Does he hang with Dalton? That would be the dealbreaker there.
HUH and What

Gloucester, MA

#60 Apr 3, 2009
sick of this wrote:
I am so sick of the slimy small town politics, Will vote for Dixon and Van Dyne who are the only two serious candidates, just as I thought at the beginning of all this momsense. The only thing that changed in the interim is I briefly considered Scanlon then dismissed him as I became aware of the company he keeps.
as long as he does not keep company with Dixon (or his attack dogs), Sean Scanlon has my vote.
Will not vote for drama

Phillipsburg, NJ

#61 Apr 4, 2009
sick of this wrote:
I am so sick of the slimy small town politics, Will vote for Dixon and Van Dyne who are the only two serious candidates, just as I thought at the beginning of all this momsense. The only thing that changed in the interim is I briefly considered Scanlon then dismissed him as I became aware of the company he keeps.
Who does Scanlon hang around that would make you change your mind?
Red Zone

Gloucester, MA

#62 Apr 4, 2009
Why can't we all be friends??? All six of these gentlemen put their name and time out during horrible financial times.

I commend them all. I would like to see some positive comments about the candidates. They deserve them.

Especially this year.

And they don't even get their meager stipend, anymore!!!!

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