Upcoming MRTC meetings
April - 9
May - 14
June - 11
July - Family Fun Night!
August - 13
September - MRTC Breakfast Event
October - 8
November - 12
December - 10
Monthly MRTC Meeting Location Note: 3/12/19 meeting to be held in Foxboro
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)
The Unites States is the most generous nation the world has ever seen in regards to legal immigration. The US takes in on average over 1 million legal, permanent, immigrants each year; more than any other country on the globe. Even countries that are similar in area to the US, such as Canada and Australia, take in far fewer immigrants as compared to us – under 300,000 migrants annually for each country. Yet here in this country, the Left continues to relentlessly press the message that unless we take in significantly more immigrants (meaning illegal immigrants) – we are essentially a racist and intolerant nation.
This countries’ foundation was built by immigrants. People who withstood hardship and terrible conditions just to make it to our shores and begin a new life. People representing every race, culture, and religion. True pioneers in a new land. There is no doubt that a significant number of immigrants, indefensibly, were compelled to come here against their own free will, and never realized the freedom of a new life that others experienced. This country was built on the backs immigrants. Immigration was, and continues to be, a life blood of the United States.
The real issue that the US is facing is not legal immigration, but illegal immigration. Specifically people coming from other countries in defiance of our laws. Certainly everyone can empathize with people from other nations that want to improve their situation. People that travel hundreds of miles or more, under trying circumstances, just to make it to our border in search of a new life; to receive relief from what may be a desperate situation. But to put it in simple terms – we need to know who is coming into our country, we need ensure that our infrastructure can handle it, and we need to make sure that we, as US citizens, are safe and secure within our own country; a country, like all other nations around the world, that has its own unique culture, laws, and set of values.
The current situation in this country regarding illegal immigration is not sustainable. Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants have been turned away already this year; with many other thousands able to sneak in undetected. Illegal immigration becomes a huge drain on the countries’ resources and infrastructure. No question that many illegal aliens have become contributors to American society – even though it would have been better to have migrated legally, using processes that are already in place for everyone’s benefit. However, there is a not-insignificant percentage that cause great havoc – murders, drugs, human trafficking, sex crimes, smuggling, all exist at some degree within illegal immigration. Recent data shows that illegal immigrants make up approximately 4% of the US population, and account for up to 30% of our prison population. On average, over 3000 people are killed by illegal immigrants in this country each year; 8 people per day. But for illegal immigration, these murders would not take place and the victims would still be alive. How can one not feel empathy for the victims and families of those hurt by illegal immigrants? This is why it is worth repeating – We need to know who is coming into the country. Legal immigration is a process that is in place to keep our country safe.
One of the unique challenges for the US is that it shares a border of 1952 miles with a third- world country, Mexico. 67% of illegal immigration to this country is done through the Mexican border. A quick look at a world map shows that no other first-world country has this situation. For example: Western European countries, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, etc – are either islands surrounded by water, or have land borders with other first-world countries. The circumstance that the US finds itself in regarding the border with Mexico – compels us as a country to recognize the situation and take measures to ensure our security. Whether it be with walls, border agents, the military, electronic surveillance, or a combination of measures.
In summary –Legal Immigration is a life blood and a source of great pride for the United States. We take second place to no other nation in regards to legal immigration. Our country, the greatest the world has seen, would not be the success that it is without immigration. Yet, at the same time – it is essential that we have a process in place and enforced, that takes into account the safety, security, values, and rights of the citizens that inhabit the United States.
Quote of the Month: “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation” Ronald Reagan, US President
Steve Nickerson is a Mansfield resident, former US Marine, and is the Vice Chairman of the Mansfield Republican Town Committee – www.mansfieldgop.com. The opinions he expresses are his own.
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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