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Really

Gardner, MA

#1 Feb 1, 2010
Brian.
Seriously? This is your concern? This is what you think is a negative "black mark" on Fitchburg? Really?
Not the over abundance of drug dealers? Teen pregnancy rates getting higher every year? Gangs? Loss of honest police that are not corrupt?(like your buddy Tasca is)
Dude. You really are a clueless moron.
Go smoke another joint with Tasca.
Voice Of Reason

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Feb 1, 2010
Brian,

If you know Tasca, you are full of it. If you don't, try to keep your useless opinions to yourself.

This was a necessary continuance of the cleaning up of what has been a true blackmark on Fitchburg, a corrupt and bloated police department management team.

We are better off than we were a few short weeks ago, belive me.
City guy

AOL

#3 Feb 1, 2010
This action was not about taking time off for the care of a sick relative, it was about changing time off records long before she was sick. What he did was against the law, he commited multiple crimes. This is why an action was taken.

So the upcoming letter campaign to defend him is based on his version, not the truth.
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Boston, MA

#4 Feb 1, 2010
Brian,

Please tell me how Tasca was putting his life on the line everyday. Tasca was a Police Captain. And as such, he worked out of the station house only. Being a Police Captain inside of a police station is not dangerous at all. Period. The only danger comes from accidentally shooting yourself; or being shot accidentally by one of your fellow officers. Other than that; unless he leaned over backwards too far in his chair and his chair slid out from under him; he was at zero risk of injury on the job. Again, he was a far cry from risking his life for us!

And, if he really did have to take 2 weeks off from work; to care for a sick daughter; he could have and should have taken advantage of The Family Medical Leave Act. That's exactly what it is there for.

Again Folks; Tasca was a Police Captain. And, being a Police Captain is a VERY SAFE JOB! And, there are no if's, and's or but's about it!

Sure, once in a while a member of our nation's police departments MAY be placed into; or MAY find himself in; a potentially dangerous situation. But, with 42 years on the job; it is safe to say that Tasca has not been in one of those situations for more than 25 years or so! And, maybe even never!

Risking his life for us everyday? Come on; I have tears running down my face from laughing over that one!
Fitchburg resident

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Feb 1, 2010
Brian, WHY are you so concerned about what goes on in Fitchburg, Isn't there enough things in Westminster for you to complain about? or don't your nieghbors want to listen to anymore. Get a life and let Fitchburg deal with thier own criminals!
GWG

Middle Haddam, CT

#6 Feb 1, 2010
Amen Brian, Anyone willing to take a bullet for me or my loved ones is alright in my book and something this can be held a lot differently...maybe next election we'll get it right.
lincoln street

Ayer, MA

#7 Feb 1, 2010
black mark?? more like a RED mark on the books when the city has to pay off on Tasca's wrongful discharge lawsuit
That is why

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Feb 2, 2010
lincoln street wrote:
black mark?? more like a RED mark on the books when the city has to pay off on Tasca's wrongful discharge lawsuit
The city had to hire a full time lawyer, they will also be other suits filed and they expected this in advance. Personally,I have never seen a case that the city has won. They just prolong it as much as they can, then they settle out. Most likely, this will be done well after Wong's second and maybe last term in office. Because after four years, the someday promise grant down the road stuff is get a little old. The black mark on fitchburg is just the part of a giant black hole that Lisa Wong is creating in order to receive federal and state grants. You have to be in a bad situation or needy in order to receive these grants. That is why we are in this mess and Fitchburg is once again one of the worse places to live in America. When you cannot support citizens core beliefs and values,people move to other places that provide such needs. Fitchburg's number one priority should be increasing the police force to establish foot patrols and maybe add another officer in each of the 5 patrol cars in order to become fist responders and not have to wait for backup cars coming from different parts of town. In terms of public safety Fitchburg is a giant black hole. It is getting to a point where it will not matter how much money we get someday, when failed public safety policies create more victims than they save. Let us hope that the next 18 months or so, we get some of that someday promise with concrete public safety proposals and solutions.
That is why

Fitchburg, MA

#9 Feb 2, 2010
The above is from The concerned Victims,Citizens and business owners that make up the Fitchburg Alliance for Public Saftey and awareness!

Fitchburgalliance4publicsafety @live.com
JIm

Fitchburg, MA

#10 Feb 2, 2010
Some of us having been waiting years for the corruption in the police department to be addressed. We now have a Mayor and Chief doing just that.

Let's all support them......
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Boston, MA

#11 Feb 2, 2010
That is why wrote:
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The city had to hire a full time lawyer, they will also be other suits filed and they expected this in advance. Personally,I have never seen a case that the city has won. They just prolong it as much as they can, then they settle out. Most likely, this will be done well after Wong's second and maybe last term in office. Because after four years, the someday promise grant down the road stuff is get a little old. The black mark on fitchburg is just the part of a giant black hole that Lisa Wong is creating in order to receive federal and state grants. You have to be in a bad situation or needy in order to receive these grants. That is why we are in this mess and Fitchburg is once again one of the worse places to live in America. When you cannot support citizens core beliefs and values,people move to other places that provide such needs. Fitchburg's number one priority should be increasing the police force to establish foot patrols and maybe add another officer in each of the 5 patrol cars in order to become fist responders and not have to wait for backup cars coming from different parts of town. In terms of public safety Fitchburg is a giant black hole. It is getting to a point where it will not matter how much money we get someday, when failed public safety policies create more victims than they save. Let us hope that the next 18 months or so, we get some of that someday promise with concrete public safety proposals and solutions.
I beg to differ. We do not need to throw more money at our law enforcement budget if we want public safety; we simply need to reel in the wasteful spending that is currently taking place.

Since Tasca is the Star of this story; let's use him as an example to prove my point:

It was a already disclosed that the annual salary for a police captain in Fitchburg is roughly $72,000.00 per year. And, it is public knowledge that Tasca made $108,552.14 in the year 2008. So, we can see that Tasca was able to increase his base pay by $36,552.14 in one year; which is $3,046.00 PER MONTH! Obviously, he was able to do this through overtime and the extra stipends that we pay our lawmen.

But, here's the real rub: As I have already factually pointed out; the average Fitchburg cop earned 52.18 paid days off per year; between the years of 2003 through 2006, inclusive. And, this is before any paid Holiday time. Obviously; with 42 years on the job; you can bet your bottom dollar that Tasca was earning MORE than the 52.18 paid average days off in one year!

Now, as I have pointed out on other stories; the reason we are forced into paying our lawmen the excessive overtime that they earn; (as above, in Tasca's case) is because they are earning an unreasonable amount of paid time off every year. So, we are forced into paying them for not working; and for working; because of all the paid time off and the overtime to cover for it!

And, let's not lose sight of the fact that Tasca was carrying 50 weeks of vacation time on the books; which we were forced into paying him as he left the department. As I have pointed out on other stories; the cops in Nashua NH for example, can only carry 5 weeks of vacation time on the books (not 50) and they do not earn any extra stipends.

And, to add insult to injury, in the case of Tasca (who is a police captain) there is no risk of injury or death whatsover, while on the job. Tasca has a desk job; inside of the station, where it is VERY SAFE!

So, we can all plainly see that our problem is not that we are not properly funding our police department. Our problem is that our lawmen are earning much too much money, and much too much paid time off. Yes, I'm afraid that our problems are that shameless greed and an unreasonable sense of entitlement have driven the cost of funding our police department to grossly excessive levels. And, that is the REAL PROBLEM!
jack - fla

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#12 Feb 2, 2010
ND RESPECTED FOR ALL THEY DID FOR THE CITY, CAPTIN TASCA WAS A DEDICATED POLICE MAN. GET WITH IT WONG & DEMOURA, IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM FACE IT UP FRONT DON'T HIRE SOME EX COP WHO IS PAID BY THE CITY AND DIRECTED BY YOU TO CRUSAFIE SOME INNOCET PERSON.
THANK GOD I NOW LIVE IN FLORIDA AND NONE OF MY TAX MONEY WAS SPENT ON THIS UNWARRENTED CAUSE.
Daisy

Boston, MA

#13 Feb 2, 2010
Absolutely no one should be allowed to save 50 weeks of vacation....that is ridiculous. I cant carry more than 5 days in my workplace. Im afraid the officer sent up his own red flag by the things he did and its finally all caught up with him. Apparently he did have feelings of entitlement and took advantage of the department. Being a captain you would think he would not need supervision and be an example for his coworkers. But to him it seems being a captain means you can do watever you want with no consequences. Well now its time to pay the piper and own up to your selfish ways. Hands down there is not one place I have ever heard of where you can carry 50 weeks of vacation.....thats just ripping the city off.
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Boston, MA

#14 Feb 2, 2010
jack - fla wrote:
ND RESPECTED FOR ALL THEY DID FOR THE CITY, CAPTIN TASCA WAS A DEDICATED POLICE MAN. GET WITH IT WONG & DEMOURA, IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM FACE IT UP FRONT DON'T HIRE SOME EX COP WHO IS PAID BY THE CITY AND DIRECTED BY YOU TO CRUSAFIE SOME INNOCET PERSON.
THANK GOD I NOW LIVE IN FLORIDA AND NONE OF MY TAX MONEY WAS SPENT ON THIS UNWARRENTED CAUSE.
You sound like an ex cop to me, Jack.

Isn't it amazing Folks! Any reasonable citizen feels a sense of outrage that a man with a ridicules amount of paid days off available each and every year; and who was sitting on top of 2000 hours (50 weeks) of vacation time; felt compelled to take 2 more weeks off; and simply use some mysterious comp time that was alledgedly left over from 8 years prior; and was not actually recorded anywhere. Again, this whole ugly affair stinks like outright theft to any reasonable person. And, if it is theft; it is certainly grand larceny.

But, for the cops and their faithful supporters; Tasca is somehow the innocent victim who did absolutely nothing wrong.

Boy, Folks, it just goes to show that you cannot use common sense with a group of people who have such an unreasonable sense of entitlement that they completely lack common sense! It defies logic, Folks, but that is what we are dealing with here!
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Boston, MA

#15 Feb 2, 2010
Daisy wrote:
Absolutely no one should be allowed to save 50 weeks of vacation....that is ridiculous. I cant carry more than 5 days in my workplace. Im afraid the officer sent up his own red flag by the things he did and its finally all caught up with him. Apparently he did have feelings of entitlement and took advantage of the department. Being a captain you would think he would not need supervision and be an example for his coworkers. But to him it seems being a captain means you can do watever you want with no consequences. Well now its time to pay the piper and own up to your selfish ways. Hands down there is not one place I have ever heard of where you can carry 50 weeks of vacation.....thats just ripping the city off.
Hi Daisy,

I agree with your post.

But, let the record stand that what Tasca did: saving up 2000 hours (50 weeks) of vacation time on the books; IS STANDARD PROCEDURE FOR OUR LAWMEN HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS! This is not some isolated example; THEY ARE ALL DOING THIS SAME EXACT THING!

Folks, no wonder I get on to these Forums and rant about what the cops are getting away with here in Fitchburg. Again, for any reasonable person what the cops are doing is a complete outrage. But, to the cop's way of thinking, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it!

Darn Tootin
Concerned Citizens

Belmont, MA

#16 Feb 2, 2010
GWG wrote:
Amen Brian, Anyone willing to take a bullet for me or my loved ones is alright in my book and something this can be held a lot differently...maybe next election we'll get it right.
GWG; you and I are in danger of taking a bullet before anyone in the Fitchburg Police department. Tascas and others stealing this money that is meant for law enforcement efforts in the city is criminal. Tasca and others actions takes away from the FPD. His actions and others takes away the ability of the department to operate efficiently. His and others behaviors takes away from morale. When the brass is stealing and acting negatively against law enforcement efforts then those under him are not going to try!

I can't believe that Tasca and others are not charged criminally. This is a half measure that will cost the city in the long run. Has access to the books changed yet? There should be one person whom has access; I believe that you have to log in with a password to change figures!
SpecFor

Swansea, MA

#17 Feb 2, 2010
I spent 6 years in the United states Army. I did put my life on the line many a time. All I got at the end was my "Honorable discharge" papers and good luck with your future. I understood that would be the case. I loved the Army and it prepared me for future jobs. I wish I could have been a member of LE. You make so much money with all the incentives thrown in. I am jealous of it. It shouldn't be that way but it is. It is up to us 'the people' to change this outrageous system. By the way, in my new job I only get paid 5 weeks of vacation. If I don't use them by the end of the FY I lose them.
Concerned Citizens wrote:
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GWG; you and I are in danger of taking a bullet before anyone in the Fitchburg Police department. Tascas and others stealing this money that is meant for law enforcement efforts in the city is criminal. Tasca and others actions takes away from the FPD. His actions and others takes away the ability of the department to operate efficiently. His and others behaviors takes away from morale. When the brass is stealing and acting negatively against law enforcement efforts then those under him are not going to try!
I can't believe that Tasca and others are not charged criminally. This is a half measure that will cost the city in the long run. Has access to the books changed yet? There should be one person whom has access; I believe that you have to log in with a password to change figures!
Darn Tootin from W Newton

Boston, MA

#18 Feb 2, 2010
SpecFor wrote:
I spent 6 years in the United states Army. I did put my life on the line many a time. All I got at the end was my "Honorable discharge" papers and good luck with your future. I understood that would be the case. I loved the Army and it prepared me for future jobs. I wish I could have been a member of LE. You make so much money with all the incentives thrown in. I am jealous of it. It shouldn't be that way but it is. It is up to us 'the people' to change this outrageous system. By the way, in my new job I only get paid 5 weeks of vacation. If I don't use them by the end of the FY I lose them.
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How do you feel about the fact that this Country allows our cops to give a fallen cop a much larger funeral than we give a member of our Military who dies in the line of duty?

Let's use the death of Mass State Trooper Captain Richard Cashin as an example. This Trooper died in a single car accident in January 2009; when his cruiser struck a pole. An investigation proved that neither weather or vehicle malfunction was the cause. Apparently; the story goes that Trooper Cashin was responding to assist the Saugus PD in a very low level traffic stop. A 24 year old girl was weaving in her car. It was discovered that she had a fight with her boyfriend and she was texting him while driving; causing her to weave. So, needless to say; either careless or reckless driving on the part of Trooper Cashin caused his own death, and nothing more. Again, he managed to strike a pole and kill himself while responding to assist the Saugus PD in a very low level, routine traffic stop.

But, Trooper Cashin received a funeral that was attended by countless State and Local cops from throughout our land. And, again, he was doing nothing at all heroic when he died. It was just as simple as carelessness or recklessness; and nothing more.

And, just late last month; a female NY State Trooper died on duty. This too, was a death caused by her own carelessness or recklessness. And, she was not responding to anything. She was just driving down the highway and she struck a tractor trailer truck for no apparent reason. No charges were filed against the driver of the tractor trailer. But, once again, this Trooper was given a funeral that was attended by nearly 700 officers from throughout our land.

Meanwhile, this Country allows our Military men and women to be buried with very little fanfare or ballyhoo.

All of this is just another example of the unreasonable sense of entitlement that seems to permeate throughout law enforcement these days......

I find it outragous and completely out of line with reality. How about you?
fitchburg

Windham, NH

#19 Feb 2, 2010
Not to change the subject..but the paper version of the Sentinel reports today that both Mike Gallant and David Streb were fired by Wong on Friday and both are on admin. leave until this Friday, their actual last day. To this I say Great Job Lisa Wong! Gallant was a horrible person in that position and made a simple request for a permit very very difficult. I applaud Ms. Wong on this and getting rid of the corruption at FPD.
SpecFor

Haverhill, MA

#20 Feb 2, 2010
I understand what you are saying. It doesn't make me feel good. Our soldiers that die in war should come home to a heroes welcome. It did happen at the beginning of the war but now, everyone has become so used to it and do not attend the funerals of a fallen soldiers. It's a shame. I just wish that all soldiers with combat experience should receive the same benefits that police officers get. Having said that, it would be unwise for us to think that all PDs around the country are run like the FPD. Remember that we live in the People's Republic of Massachusetts.
Darn Tootin from W Newton wrote:
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How do you feel about the fact that this Country allows our cops to give a fallen cop a much larger funeral than we give a member of our Military who dies in the line of duty?
Let's use the death of Mass State Trooper Captain Richard Cashin as an example. This Trooper died in a single car accident in January 2009; when his cruiser struck a pole. An investigation proved that neither weather or vehicle malfunction was the cause. Apparently; the story goes that Trooper Cashin was responding to assist the Saugus PD in a very low level traffic stop. A 24 year old girl was weaving in her car. It was discovered that she had a fight with her boyfriend and she was texting him while driving; causing her to weave. So, needless to say; either careless or reckless driving on the part of Trooper Cashin caused his own death, and nothing more. Again, he managed to strike a pole and kill himself while responding to assist the Saugus PD in a very low level, routine traffic stop.
But, Trooper Cashin received a funeral that was attended by countless State and Local cops from throughout our land. And, again, he was doing nothing at all heroic when he died. It was just as simple as carelessness or recklessness; and nothing more.
And, just late last month; a female NY State Trooper died on duty. This too, was a death caused by her own carelessness or recklessness. And, she was not responding to anything. She was just driving down the highway and she struck a tractor trailer truck for no apparent reason. No charges were filed against the driver of the tractor trailer. But, once again, this Trooper was given a funeral that was attended by nearly 700 officers from throughout our land.
Meanwhile, this Country allows our Military men and women to be buried with very little fanfare or ballyhoo.
All of this is just another example of the unreasonable sense of entitlement that seems to permeate throughout law enforcement these days......
I find it outragous and completely out of line with reality. How about you?

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