Upcoming MRTC meetings
December, 2018 - No meeting
Monthly MRTC Meeting
7:30pm - Mansfield Airport Conference Room - 265 Fruit St
First building on the left as you enter the Airport parking area
A New Future for America
After 8 years of disappointment and a slow economy, America was ready for a new direction. Americans spoke on November 8th, 2016 and now with a House of Representatives, Senate and White House listening to We the People, their voices will finally be heard. The American people are ready to get America back on track and the Inauguration of Donald Trump as President marks the start of that Journey.
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Board and Committee Vacancies:
Audit Committee - 1 member needed
Cultural Council - members needed
World War II Scholarship Committee - 3 member needed
Board of Directors of the Mansfield Housing Corporation - 3 members needed
Mansfield-Foxboro-Norton Wastewater District Commission- 1 member needed
Conservation Commission - 1 member needed
Open Space Committee - 1 member needed
Keith Ninesling (Secretary at large) Eileen Cusack (Treasurer), John Hodgson (Bristol County Sherriff), Christine Leemon (Chairwomen), Steve Nickerson (Vice Chairman)
May the Spirit be with You
With December upon us, we now find ourselves in the traditional Holiday Season. A season full of fun, festivities, self-reflection, generosity, and human kindness. We are reminded of the blessings we have received over the past year, the loved ones in our lives, and those less fortunate than us - to whom we can lend a helping hand. Certainly there are countless opportunities for us to volunteer for worthwhile causes and give selflessly to others – not just during the Holiday Season, but year round.
Basis of the Season
The historic basis of the Holiday Spirit has its roots in religious celebration. Many of us, during this time of year make an effort to renew our religious convictions, reaffirm our love of God, and emphasize kindness to our brothers and sisters in humanity – to treat others the way we would hope to be treated, even in trying circumstances. It is undoubtedly easier said than done, but it is very much worthwhile to get out of your comfort zone and give others the benefit of the doubt and treat them kindly; including those of other political persuasions, backgrounds, cultures, religions, and life-styles. While we do not always agree with each other (sometimes passionately), I think we can all agree that kindness and compassion make the world a better place.
A matter of conscience
We are all born with a conscience – the inner voice that tells us what is right and wrong. For example, universally, we instinctively know that lying, cheating, stealing, and murder, are wrong and can cause serious problems in our lives. On the other hand we also know that love, kindness, charity, and compassion, are noble and virtuous traits. Where does a conscience come from? It is my belief that the conscience were are born with comes from God. It is the grace of God in action in our lives – directing us to choose the right path. Without human conscience, the Holiday Spirit could not exist.
Freedom of Religion
As I have mentioned, the Holiday Spirit has its origins in religious celebration. We are fortunate in this country that we have the right to religious freedom. This right is an important cornerstone to our countries’ foundation. After all, it was the search for religious freedom that initially brought people to our shores four centuries ago. It cannot be taken for granted. Freedom of religion is vastly different than freedom from religion. Freedom from religion would remove religion from our public sphere. Religion was and is part and parcel of American society. It has played an important role in defining our moral and ethical “clarity” since the very beginnings of our political system. As the Declaration of Independence eloquently states – “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. The Holiday Spirit, in and of itself, underlines the importance of religious freedom.
The Holiday Spirit unifies us. Its core principles of gratitude, acceptance, love, kindness, and compassion, bring us together and serve a higher and nobler purpose. It is good to take the time to reflect upon our lives, to understand and appreciate the good things that we have, cherish the people we love, recognize the things we can do better, and the things we can do to help others. This Holiday Season, may the Holiday Spirit make itself known to all of us, and may we make the world a better place because of it.
Steve Nickerson is a 26 year resident of Mansfield, and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He is the Vice Chairman of the Mansfield Republican Town Committee – www.mansfieldgop.com,. The opinions he expresses are his own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the committee members.
Pot Shops in Mansfield - reconsidered
In the Mansfield Town meeting of May 15, voters had the opportunity to weigh in on the marijuana law that was passed in 2016 (question 4 on the ballot). It must be noted that the referendum was passed at a slim 51.7% margin. 91 cities and towns in Massachusetts voted against the law. 156 cities and towns have already enacted by-laws against the referendum, (many originally having approved Q4), for temporary moratoriums or permanent Bans of commercial sales of marijuana. In recent weeks another 3 towns have followed suit, Auburn, Andover, and Cohasset.
Mansfield voters who thought the intent of the marijuana ballot question was the legalization of recreational use, may be surprised to learn that local retail sale and cultivation of marijuana is also a part of the new law. This means that retail pot shops would become a reality in Mansfield – along with all the concerns that this type of business would bring to our town, unless the voters do something about it.
The town meeting allowed voters to engage in this issue; specifically in regards to extending the current moratorium on the law (the moratorium ends in November, 2018), as well as to weigh in on the potential of pot shops and cultivation of marijuana in Mansfield.
The that retail sale and cultivation of marijuana in Mansfield is the wrong path for our town. Research in this area is conclusive:
- Where there is more access to marijuana more people will use the drug
- The potency of marijuana is now significantly stronger what it was in the 1970’s
- 1 out of six people that use marijuana/thc will struggle with addiction to it
- Pot shops are a magnet for people looking to get high as well as to purchase drug paraphernalia.
- Pot shops, and people that access them, significantly change the dynamics of a town – not always for the good
- Marijuana use is associated with elevated occurrences of mental health struggles, including experiencing high stress, depression, self-injury, suicidal ideation and suicide attempt.
The voters had the opportunity in the May 15, Town Meeting to express themselves regarding the marijuana law. This is an important issue that, if allowed to proceed, could have a lasting and negative impact on the town of Mansfield and the people that call it home.
During the Town Meeting it was agreed by the majority of voters to extend the current moratorium on the law until June 30, 2019. This will give the town another 12 months to decide the best direction in which to proceed
Steve Nickerson, Vice Chairman, Mansfield Republican Town Committee
Christine Leemon - "Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work."
In Addition, We Believe:
The US Constitution should be honored and upheld
Government should be smaller and more efficient
The right to bear arms in the 2nd Amendment should not be compromised
The sanctity of life should be honored and protected
Leaders should serve people and not special interests
Core Republican Values
1. Lower Taxes
American's cannot and will not continue to pay higher taxes. Even the currentnational, state and local taxes must be decreased to safeguard the financialhealth of our citizens and country.
2. Smaller Government
The growth of government must be stopped and reversed by the privatization or transitioning of government jobs back to the private sector. According to one of America's top ten economist, the only major city in America that continues to show significant growth is Washington D.C. (February, 2010). Government growth must be stopped at all levels, national, state and local or we will never be able to lower taxes.
3. Encourage The Growth of Business
Business growth must be encouraged by all levels of government through the elimination of all unnecessary regulations that slow the growth of businesses, especially small businesses
Family Fun Night for the Mansfield Republican Town Committee was a big success!. Lots of interest and "buzz" around our booth. A number of local and Statewide Republican candidates came by to say hello and get their message out. Countless Mansfield residents stopped by to offer their support of Republican causes. We set up a couple of "life size" standups of President Trump and First Lady Melania (see photo). This was a big hit! Many people (of all ages) had their picture taken with the first couple. We gave away dozens of Republican Recycle bags (with our contact information). Sold a number of patriotic hats, and raffled off official Make America Great Again hats.
All in all a great success!
Mansfield Republican Town Committee Sponsored Event
Bristol County Sherriff (and National Political Figure)Tom Hodgson gave an excellent and informative talk on all things Immigration as well as his experiences in State and Local Government.
Additional Speakers included Republican candidates for local offices
For a video of the Sherriff's presentation"Click Here"
For pictures of the event "Click Here"
The event was covered by the Sun Chronicle (local newspaper). A number of Democrats were on hand to protest Sherriff Hodgson (Democracy in action!). To view the article and associated pictures "Click Here"
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