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Billerica, MA

Billerica voters back Parker School funding

Well said - Falcon's position is absurd. It's equivalent to saying that unless you've served in either the House of Representatives or the U.S. Congress, you lack sufficient knowledge to criticize them. I guess all of those tea partiers are pretty lame, eh? If you apply that same logic to the Supreme Court, we're really in trouble, since no one could ever argue against their judgements; even the President himself. Falcon is using the mind and logic of an under nourished pigeon.  (Dec 2, 2009 | post #98)

Billerica, MA

Billerica ZBA approves 384-unit apartment complex

Unless there is a moritoriam on 40B already granted, the ZBA can only deny the project with the blessing of the State. The Commonwealth is not going to all a denial and will overide local control. From that point on, pursuing a denial means obtaining injunctions until the case can either be heard in the courts or a denial to hear the case is issued by the courts. The town would have to go through State courts, unless that has already been done. From there, it would have to get someone on the Federal bench to agree to hear the case. Personally, I think it's worth the expense and the fight to regain home rule control over our town. But then again, with the town dependent upon the State for future financing of schools and special projects, one has to ask if the outcome is worth the pain that will grow throughout the term of litigation. One could organize a massive write in/phone in campaign, or work to oust the recalcitrant legislators who refuse to either listen or demonstrate the lack of skill in getting 40B stopped and removed from the law. Does anyone else have other ideas that can be brought to bear?  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #3)

Billerica, MA

Billerica bylaw bounced

You are definitely an argument in support of birth control. Slander is a serious charge, and while your name isn't readily available, your IP address makes identifying and locating you easy. You may want to practice thinking before posting to avoid losses resulting from a civil action. I just noticed a good omen; my verification number for posting is 1776. You do know the significance of that date, don't you? Now, crawl back to your cave you disgusting, small minded cretin. --Rick  (Jul 1, 2009 | post #94)

Lowell Sun

Liquor-store owners seek stay while they appeal

I have no strong disagreement with the decision to revoke the license. I'm a bit puzzled as to why we hire an attorney to advise the town, and then reject the advice given. Mr. Williams quit in frustration for similar reasons. He was hired to perform the day to day duties of a small town selectman and to advise and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen. However, from his comments, at least, he was doing an awful lot of advising and recommending, but was getting very little past the BOS. I don't know how seriously to view this "concidence "?, but I do intend to keep my attention focused on the matter and report what I find for future elections. I'm sure the BOS is aware of the fact that the more we change that board over, the harder it becomes to remain anonymous in the decision making and accountability process.  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #3)

Sonia Sotomayor

Sixty-two percent say Sotomayor should be confirmed to Su...

62% of whom? ACORN members polled or registered voters? Something tells me that you won't get the same results if both are polled separately.  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #153)

Billerica, MA

Billerica event may have to lift lid on campaigning

Excellent news! Now the speculation will finally come to an end and everyone can relax to the extent allowable by their faith in "settled law". Thanks for the great news and timely post.  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #110)

Billerica, MA

Billerica event may have to lift lid on campaigning

The following quote comes from a discussion on National Health care using Massachusetts as a model. In a nutshell, it restates my criteria on how I judge Mr. Greenes' performance based upon outcome and not intentions: “Getting it done is politics. That means dealing with all the elements that are necessary for near-universal access and cost management, but not overreaching in any one area, so that major stakeholders turn from supporting the effort to opposing it,’’ said John Sasso, who represented Partners Healthcare, the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts, and Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s largest insurer, during the reform process. So, I guess I'm not alone in actually thinking that accomplishment is the determinant of success and productivity in the political arena; not intention.  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #108)

Billerica, MA

Billerica town manager's final decision: He will resign

PS: One thing that no one with a fair and open mind can dispute it that your passion is real and that it comes from the heart. It is obvious that you truly care and that their is no personal agenda in play behind the scenes. As an individual and as I leader, I hold you in high regard and have no problem saying so. As you can see from my comments above, I have no problem admitting when I've been mistaken. We can't get to our desired destination if we are dishonest with ourselves and with our allies and friends. I hope that we can maintain an open dialogue based upon mutual respect and factual evidence. I've learned quite a bit from you and your group regarding organization and putting it's power into action. I've never done it before, but I may start wearing a bandana once a week out of respect. :-) Take care, my friend.  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #57)

Billerica, MA

Billerica town manager's final decision: He will resign

Ed, I guess I owe you and the BWG an apology. I've been reading your BB as you know, and I've see a few postings where the emphasis seems to be placed more on controlling the environment than on controlling government intrusion. You all seem to see business as the villan here. I see the villan as government willing to betray the trust, health, wealth and will of its people "for a few dollars more" - to steal a Clint Eastwood movie title. Were govenment to put the plant up for a vote, and should the majority of the town vote in favor of building it; I would be in favor. I can't speak for your membership, or for you; nor would I try. However, based upon some of the commentary and postings I've read, I suspect the majority of BWG would still try to keep the plant from going on line. This is what I've drawn my conclusion regarding my assessment of the philosophical difference between an Objectivist and an average BWG member. If my assessment is incorrect, I am truly sorry. I do, however, admire your efforts and those of your leadership to work for positive change in the town. For that, I will support your group whenever possible. I think tempers are getting a bit close to the surface on all sides. I admired your advice to one of your members to not alienate allies over silly, off the cuff remarks and think you have demonstrated sound leadership. I wish you and your group well in all of your endeavors. Sincerely, --Rick  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #56)

Billerica, MA

Billerica event may have to lift lid on campaigning

Opinions vary. Again, you have yet to admit that ETA is NOT legislation, let alone "special legislation". If it is the hallmark of Mr. Greene's political career, then, that career has been pretty shallow on accomplishment. Good intentions do not produce change; the successful pursuit and implementation of goals does that. I know for a fact that several projects withing the ETA/EOA became certified projects and brought money and some jobs to Billerica. However, I alos know that more jobs have left Billerica than have come in, even with the taxpayer funded "bribe" to come or to expand. Money is not the problem and never has been; the problem is the poor business climate in Massachusetts and you boy Greene has done absolutely nothing to change that for the better. As far as being a TM member goes - one of the reasons I have had no interest in the process is that it is dishonest from the start. Precincts elect TM members to represent them. The TM members then vote, essentially, in secret; since no record is kept of their votes. Further, there is very little discussion with precinct citizens prior to casting votes; so, the very notion of a "representati ve town meeting" is a misnomer. If it were truly representative, one would have a clear voting record that could be analyzed and judged. As it is, TM members get to cast their votes and slip away into the dark of night unnoticed. That takes no courage or special skill at all. In fact, I feel sorry for those who are truly trying to effect positive chage, like those who voted for the overlay, the simple majority, for working so hard only to be let down by "confused " and "uninformed " fellow members. Have you ever asked yourself why so many seats are open? No one really needs to run for those seats. One puts his or her name up and in most cases, the seat is their due a lack of competition or interest. The town is way past due for conversion to a city style of government, where individual official do have reviewable voting records and have to explain themselves and their positions to voters. Will there be corruption? You bet! As long as human beings are involved, corruption is certain to follow, and it is my view that this side effect is more certain in States that value the collective over the individual. I don't know you at all, but what I see is one who is very big on "look at me" and very superficial on govenment, it's purpose and it's dangers. Time changes all things, even opinions. We'll see which view wins out over time as Billerica either continues its slide or learns how to reverse course before impact.  (Jun 30, 2009 | post #107)

Billerica, MA

Billerica event may have to lift lid on campaigning

I just realized that I didn't have to be on the TM roster for 50 years to learn or be able to explain all of that. Either I'm exceptional or a few members had their heads squeezed too hard with forceps during childbirth.  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #105)

Billerica, MA

Billerica event may have to lift lid on campaigning

As I said in my very first debate post with you, Mr. Greene did not file legislation. He did have a lot of important people help him, and his efforts, though laudable, did not guarantee jobs or money. The only thing that could get that done was a team of people working to prove that Billerica was in more need of revitalization than its competitors.  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #104)

Billerica, MA

Billerica event may have to lift lid on campaigning

You don't have to go anywhere. All I've asked is that you demonstrate how what Mr. Greene, himself, turned an application for a designation into money producing legislation. The answer is, that applying for an ETA does not require legislation, just an application. But in order to get the money, a second applicaton must be completed to demonstrate that the area also qualifies as Economic Opportunity Areas (EOA). Once an area qualifies as an EOA it becomes eligible for tax credits and other financial assistance under the Commonwealth's "Economic Development Incentive Program's Community Development Block Grants" as a Certified Project (CP). In 2005, Billerica was approved for 6 ETA areas as reported here: (http://www.nmcog. org/Billerica%20Sm art%20Growth%20Fin al%20Report.pdf) The other interesting part of this 2005 document is that mixed use zoning overlay was also part of the discussion, which means the concept has been around for over 4 years - so, where does the confusion and lack of information among TM members come from,if not a lack of interest and understanding of the importance of their votes? The legislative aspect of the program was managed by Congress in response to HUD proposals. Once approved, block grants were made available, competitively, to States and under partner State legislation, to communities. The key word is competitive, and as you will see, Billerica was anticipated to be at a competitive disadvantage among other communities in even more disadvantaged areas. This second document (http://www.nmcog. org/Billerica%20Sm art%20Growth%20Fin al%20Report.pdf) lists all of the people involved in the ETA program for the Merrimack Valley. Mr. Greene is listed as a member of the Board of Directors. One of just under 100 people who worked cooperatively on the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council, Inc. I've saved you your suffering; so, I am done with you and you get to ride off, not with your dignity, but without the embarassment of having to make an apology. Everyone here knows now that you are a shallow little man of no substance or credibility and I'm certain they will remember for a long time to come should they encounter you. Have a nice life, non-qual.  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #103)

Billerica, MA

Billerica event may have to lift lid on campaigning

Actually, if the shoe fits, it won't hurt, precisely because it does fit. Duh! I believe the expression is, "if the shoe fits, wear it"...kind of like "you made your bed, now lay in it." See?  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #101)

Billerica, MA

Billerica event may have to lift lid on campaigning

By the way, if you look back at some of my posts (all of which are available by clicking on the bear); you'll see a couple where I was initially against mixed overlay because of my own lack of knowledge. However, after doing my due diligence and reading not just Jeff Parenti's version but others as well, I came to the conclusion they were a good thing. I think it took about 4-6 hours of actual research and contemplation to at least make an informed decision in support. There was no fear or confusion on my part by the time TM rolled around. How about you?  (Jun 29, 2009 | post #100)

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