Class warfare in Williamstown?

There are 16 comments on the North Adams Transcript story from May 7, 2010, titled Class warfare in Williamstown?. In it, North Adams Transcript reports that:

I guess I see things differently than others do. When I see two more Williamstown tax overrides on the 2010 town election ballot, I see it as class warfare.

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George

Chester, MA

#1 May 7, 2010
Obama bailout needed here. Heck he bought GM ,maybe he can buy Williamstown?
guy

United States

#2 May 7, 2010
My, these talking points are very familiar-sounding!

I'll be voting for Ron Turbin and Tom Costley.
good points

Williamstown, MA

#3 May 7, 2010
Good points that needed to be said.
Tom

Albany, NY

#4 May 7, 2010
guy wrote:
My, these talking points are very familiar-sounding!
I'll be voting for Ron Turbin and Tom Costley.
That's because a lot of people are saying the same thing. The override is DOA and rightfully so.
hello

Hadley, MA

#5 May 7, 2010
Very well-stated. I'm off to find a babysitter so I can get my but to town meeting!
blah

Roslindale, MA

#6 May 9, 2010
VOTE FOR RICH HALEY!!! He's the right man for the job. Costley has his head so far up his a$$ its not even funny.
common sense

North Adams, MA

#7 May 9, 2010
hello wrote:
Very well-stated. I'm off to find a babysitter so I can get my but to town meeting!
The votes at the polls on election day not town meeting. dont need a sitter to vote.
hello

Hadley, MA

#9 May 9, 2010
Thank you to Common Sense for the info. I will be voting on Tuesday...got my dates mixed up a bit.
guy

United States

#10 May 10, 2010
blah wrote:
VOTE FOR RICH HALEY!!! He's the right man for the job. Costley has his head so far up his **** its not even funny.
I wasn't impressed by Haley at all. He certainly is angry, but that doth not a good Selectman make. He is not well spoken, has no experience whatsoever in parliamentary procedure, and seemed to me to be too belligerent to make a good public servant. Wrong mindset, not much of a "listen and learn" kind of guy. In other words... Not qualified.

So I'd be interested in knowing why you say he is the right man for the job...

guy

United States

#11 May 10, 2010
Let me add that I know Haley and that he's a good man - I just wouldn't want him as Selectman, because he would be in WAY over his head. He's mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore, sure.

But then what?
blah

Roslindale, MA

#12 May 10, 2010
Let me quote Tom Costley really quick for you guy. "When you start, you have no idea what is required. It takes two years to learn how it works. Now I am much better at it." So I take it Mr. Costley was just qualified because he graduated from williams? Oh and you want to talk about anger? How about another direct quote from Mr. Costley saying "I will kill you" to the owner of Mezze Nancy Thomas, and the waiter who ACCIDENTLY served to a minor. Now I know he has since apologized but being in the situation you're in as town selectman, that is unacceptable. Mr. Haley wasn't speaking angrily either, he spoke with passion. There are so many things wrong with this town and the way they do things that I don't even know where to start, all I know is something has to change.
guy

United States

#13 May 10, 2010
blah wrote:
Let me quote Tom Costley really quick for you guy. "When you start, you have no idea what is required. It takes two years to learn how it works. Now I am much better at it." So I take it Mr. Costley was just qualified because he graduated from williams? Oh and you want to talk about anger? How about another direct quote from Mr. Costley saying "I will kill you" to the owner of Mezze Nancy Thomas, and the waiter who ACCIDENTLY served to a minor. Now I know he has since apologized but being in the situation you're in as town selectman, that is unacceptable. Mr. Haley wasn't speaking angrily either, he spoke with passion. There are so many things wrong with this town and the way they do things that I don't even know where to start, all I know is something has to change.
Passion is as passion does. Costly is a successful entrepreneur who did the work required to graduate Williams, is civic-minded and has already a track record of public service in this town in the short time he's lived here. Haley has lived here all of his life, yet has no track record of public service. He seems to come to this with the air of a man who wants to kick some butt in general, which is very "feel good" to a certain component in this community.

Passion is great - but ordinary soccer fans have passion. Something more is required of a Selectman.

In any case, it is highly commendable that Haley has the guts to try. If he's serious, but loses, hopefully he'll try another way to be of service. If not, then he has at least the satisfaction of knowing that he has carried a message to the Town.

As for Costley's unfortunate words, I'm satisfied with his repentance, and he will get my vote again this year. I see no good reason to change a seasoned leader for a rookie at this point in the game.
agree

Springfield, MA

#14 May 10, 2010
I also felt that the "I would kill you" comment was way over the top and definitely sounded entitled! These things happen everywhere and no one's precious perfect kid is immune to it.
Observer

Pittsfield, MA

#15 May 10, 2010
guy wrote:
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Passion is as passion does. Costly is a successful entrepreneur who did the work required to graduate Williams, is civic-minded and has already a track record of public service in this town in the short time he's lived here. Haley has lived here all of his life, yet has no track record of public service. He seems to come to this with the air of a man who wants to kick some butt in general, which is very "feel good" to a certain component in this community.
Passion is great - but ordinary soccer fans have passion. Something more is required of a Selectman.
In any case, it is highly commendable that Haley has the guts to try. If he's serious, but loses, hopefully he'll try another way to be of service. If not, then he has at least the satisfaction of knowing that he has carried a message to the Town.
As for Costley's unfortunate words, I'm satisfied with his repentance, and he will get my vote again this year. I see no good reason to change a seasoned leader for a rookie at this point in the game.
Well said, although Rich seems like a good guy and I am not a fan of Tom "Hanging Judge" Costley. Below is a message that is being circulated around town if you want to know the "platform" for Haley and also Leber (who is running -- ironically - for moderator). I do not endorse the contents of the message, which is, to be kind, half baked in its reasoning:

“We are sending a joint message because we stand for the same things. We want to work together to put an end to the waste, perks, arrogance and screwy priorities we see in town government and our schools. We are both opposed to the secrecy and concealment we see in the town budgets. We are both opposed to the use of town vehicles for commuting and personal errands.
Last year the elementary school committee approved a $50,000 payment from school funds to settle a lawsuit against them. The person who received this settlement was required to sign a non-disclosure agreement and then the payment was hidden under other categories in the budget submitted to the voters for approval at the Annual Meeting. Perchlorate was discovered in the water at the high school in 2004 but the same pipes are still there. They are cutting funds for classroom teachers and special ed, and they are paying for the elementary school Superintendent and her husband to go to China! They say there is no money for a new roof and now they propose to give Rose Ellis a raise to $150,000/yr, and put her in charge of the high school too. What’s the matter with these people? Are they nuts? That’s taxpayer money. It is for our children’s education.
The election is May 11th, next Tuesday. Please forward this message to Williamstown voters who might vote for us or who would be interested in talking to us about this. We want honest budgets and full disclosure. We want to take back our town."
guy

United States

#16 May 10, 2010
Lord, it's worse than I thought. Leber... Yikes. Give that guy the moderator's seat, and we'll have us a KING.

Funny, I NEVER saw either of these guys at meetings this year. How did they get to be experts?

Gold for Town Moderator, if you value impartiality in Town Meeting and at the Finance Committee table.
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