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Billerica, MA

Billerica votes on new school proposal

Thank you. I just wanted to assure myself that we were speaking the same language.  (Dec 21, 2009 | post #47)

Billerica, MA

Higher taxes across board

By the way, everything you said above is true, but as usual, you choose only to look at one side of the coin.  (Dec 18, 2009 | post #57)

Billerica, MA

Higher taxes across board

I don't need to soothe my ego. I do quite well without making much of an effort. Perhaps you should actually click on the link, read the document and buzz off. Your refusal to support your statement of service gives you zero credibility and with this primer on line and access to other sources of information, you are sinking deeper into the muck. Have a great day.  (Dec 18, 2009 | post #56)

Billerica, MA

Billerica votes on new school proposal

The voters are ultimately responsible for who sits in elected government seats. There is no argument there. The question I am interested in getting answered is "who, in Mr. Mollison's mind (not yours) comprises the "corporate town"? But, thanks for you input. On principle we have no disagreement; but, it's not your answer that I'm interested in.  (Dec 18, 2009 | post #44)

Billerica, MA

ABCC overrules Billerica selectmen; liquor store is allow...

The point, I think, he was trying to make was that there is a huge difference in 3 violations over 18 months and 5 violations over 10 years; especially, when a store is employing young, minimum wage or barely above people to man the counter. If you have a black and while policy that is the only source for how to enforce laws, you make the two situations equal and unequal in their enforcement. In other words, what the ABCC is stating that it wants is an arbitrary and capriciouly drawn up policy that has no tie to the reality of different situations. This decision needs to be fought and pressure needs to be put on Tim Cahill to remove these dopes and try again with people of common sense vs connected hacks.  (Dec 17, 2009 | post #24)

Billerica, MA

ABCC overrules Billerica selectmen; liquor store is allow...

Here's a novel idea: The ABCC members are appointees of Treasurer, Timothy Cahill. How about sending a letter of outrage and non-support in upcoming elections for his candidacy if he lets this stand without replacing irresponsible members of the ABCC? How about fighting this in court and demonstrating that the Board of Selectmen are truly commited to the safety of our citizens by doing EVERYTHING they can to prevent and punish the sales of alcohol to minors? How about writing letters to the editors in protest of this absurd decision. If your child stuck a particular object into an electrical socket, how many time would you allow him to do it again before removing all such object from his reach? One mistake is tolerable, two is questionable, three is unforgivable in that short period of time. With their record, they are about due for number 4. What then? The comparison to the other facility with 5 violations in 10 years is absurd, arbitrary and capricious in their attempt to justify a stupid decision. If the Commonwealth needs revenue so badly that it is willing to put children and others at risk, who needs the bleeping Commonwealth telling a local community what it can and must accept? Let's see a bit more than talk. All 5 selectmen agreed to the action. If they thought it right, then, it is right now: fight it!  (Dec 17, 2009 | post #23)

Billerica, MA

Billerica votes on new school proposal

Thank you for your simplistic answer, but I don't think that is what Mr. Mollison is alluding to. I'm sure he has particular boards and committees in mind. But, we shall see. Perhaps, he'll choose to answer on his own.  (Dec 17, 2009 | post #41)

Billerica, MA

Billerica votes on new school proposal

And who comprises the "corporate town" of which you speak? Just who is accountable in your mind?  (Dec 17, 2009 | post #39)

Billerica, MA

Higher taxes across board

http://www.mass.go v/Ador/docs/dls/pu bl/misc/levylimits .pdf  (Dec 17, 2009 | post #42)

Billerica, MA

Higher taxes across board

All they have to do is go here; especially page 5 to see the effect of new growth. You may want to read it as well, since it clarifies an error in your statement on another Topix posting where you use the term "new construction" vs new growth - two very different things, since new construction is only one factor under the sum of new growth.  (Dec 17, 2009 | post #41)

Billerica, MA

Higher taxes across board

Mike, you can accurately find all of the basic information you need by going here: http://www.mass.go v/Ador/docs/dls/pu bl/misc/levylimits .pdf A fairly quick google search will bring you to more specific answers should you choose to dig a bit deeper.  (Dec 13, 2009 | post #22)

Billerica, MA

Support a new Parker School for Billerica

I know...he, too, should join the joke called Town Meeting. As a member of the government, he would actually have a voice worth listening to. As an outsider, he's just another ill informed goof, like me. Answer this: do you feel qualified to criticize the Congress or the President? If so, how can you feel comfortable doing so when you've never served in either capacity? Isn't it the Billerica way that no one is capable of informed criticism unless one has first been part of the problem?  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #145)

Billerica, MA

Billerica voters back Parker School funding

Nice to see you back. I thought you'd run away like you always do. Are you ready to tell us who you are so that we can confirm your claims of service? Are you ready to answer and address the issues I've listed that you generally dismiss without providing some incontravertible evidence to the contrary? Or, are you still intent on sniping from beneath your comforting rock?  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #109)

Billerica, MA

Billerica voters back Parker School funding

Kindly point out the errors and I will correct my "misconceptio ns". Your generalization is devoid of factual information and as such is not very helpful if your goal is to teach me something or to gain support for you remarks. As to joining Town Meeting, why would I want to join? You, yourself have stated uncategorically that Town Meeting is a joke. I still have the e-mail and I believe you even made that statement in a comment on one of my blog postings. Was this a lapse in memory or was it yet another deliberate deception stated to distract? My time is too valuable to waste on participating in your joke. I would offer you this advice: get a set of core beliefs that are unwavering and that are morally and ethically based, instead of shifting with the wind. If you are going to hold people accountable, you have to be willing to hold all parties accountable - even your conservative friends who've helped make a mess of this town. If you are going to fight against things such as overlay proposals, you may want to have a basis a bit stronger than your paranoia about town corruption and a "distrust of the planning board". Is there any form of town government that you do trust? I would also suggest that you and your group begin to start by using the truth as a basis for discussion rather than the gamesmanship and outright falsehoods to sway people's opinions that y’all seem accustomed to. To do otherwise makes you no better than your opponents and draws people like "Blubbering " into your fold. You know the type: people who hide their identities, shoot from underneath rocks and who either refuse to address facts as they are presented because they lack centering or because they are simply too stupid to reconcile their positions in the face of incontrovertible fact. You are more than welcome to all like him/her/it - the coward with many claims, but a whisper in the wind without a name. Thank you for your feedback, however. One is never in a position where it is wise to stop trying to learn even more; especially, one's enemies. --Rick  (Dec 11, 2009 | post #108)

Billerica, MA

Billerica voters back Parker School funding

As expected...nothing but silence. This will be my last comment on this subject, but I thought you might appreciate it, Mike L. Below is an excerpt from http://www.wickedl ocal.com/woburn/ne ws/education/x1886 199493/Council-fun ds-new-Goodyear-Sc hool which clearly demonstrates how disciplinary action can be used to reign in the school committee during budgeting and special funding requests that has not be used in Billerica. Just because no one uses a tool doesn't mean that tool doesn't exist. It simply means, for one reason or another, they've chosen not to act properly. At any rate, you can read the article and decide for yourself. Note also, that this action was easier to take under a municipal form of government, but it is still available to Town Meeting Reps twice a year and to administration if they can work with the Town Moderator to make good selections to FINCOM. Woburn, MA - The City Council has given its blessing for Woburn to spend $26.5 million on a new Goodyear Elementary School. The aldermen made the appropriation at their Sept. 1 meeting, the day after they tussled with the School Committee for failing to take a definitive vote to close Clapp Elementary School after the new school opens. Aldermen Paul Denaro and Raymond Drapeau had threatened to vote against the appropriation because the School Committee insisted on leaving the door open to use the Clapp building in case of an emergency. But after Mayor Thomas McLaughlin earmarked $550,000 from the stabilization fund to pay for demolition of the Clapp, Denaro and Drapeau softened their positions and voted for the Goodyear money.  (Dec 3, 2009 | post #99)

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