Upcoming MRTC meetings
March - 12 - 366 South St, Foxboro, 7pm Guests of Foxboro RTC. Jim Wallace to speak on the 2nd Ammendment
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)
Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month in the United States and a number of countries around the world. It has been commemorated each year in the US since 1987. Every March a different theme is celebrated. This year the theme is – Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Non Violence. The overall purpose of Women’s History Month is to “Highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society”.
All of us know of women in history that have made lasting and transformative changes in the world. The list itself is long – I will mention just a few – Mary, Mother of Jesus – revered by billions of Christians around the globe. Catherine the Great – Empress of the Russian Empire. Joan of Arc – leader of victorious French armies and a Catholic Saint. Elizabeth the First – Queen of England. Sojourner Truth – African American, former slave, women’s rights leader, and abolitionist. Marie Curie – Polish/French physicist, chemist, and Nobel Prize winner. Helen Keller – overcame blindness and deafness to become an inspirational influence in American society. Eleanor Roosevelt – first lady of the United States and unflagging supporter of women and the underprivileged. Mildred Faye Jefferson – American physician and political activist, first black woman to graduate from Harvard, and president of the national right to life committee. Sandra Day O’Connor – first woman Supreme Court Justice. This is only a small list – there are countless other women that can be added. Women in history, and in contemporary times, have made invaluable contributions to human society. Certainly as much, or more, than men.
Massachusetts has been blessed with a wealth of notable “native-born” women in history.
Here are just a few
Abigail Adams – Born in Weymouth, Ma, first lady of the United States, wife of President John Adams, and his intellectual equal. John and Abigail’s letters to each other – numbering over a thousand, show their love, respect, and dedication to one another. They also show the high-value John held of Abigail’s advice, opinions, and influence, regarding the government and politics of the new country.
Clara Barton – Born in North Oxford, Ma, a nurse during the Civil War, she witnessed the horror of battle first hand. A natural leader, she went on to found the American Red Cross, and became an activist for civil rights. To this day, the Red Cross provides invaluable assistance in disaster relief. The Red Cross has now grown to 236 chapters and 166,000 volunteers.
Emily Dickenson – Born in Amherst, Ma, one of the finest poets in American literature. She wrote over 1800 poems in her lifetime. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica she “commanded a singular brilliance of style and integrity of vision”. In a class of her own – her poems are studied and appreciated to this day
Susan B Anthony – Born in Adams, Ma, social reformer, equal rights activist, and leader of the women’s suffrage movement. Anthony, strong in character and integrity, was a force in the social equality, temperance, and anti-slavery movements of the nineteenth century. Her tireless efforts ultimately lead to the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution in 1920, guaranteeing the universal right of women to vote. She is the first woman to appear on US coinage – the 1979 Susan B Anthony dollar.
Bette Davis – Born in Lowell, Ma, two time academy award winning actress. Nominated for an Oscar 10 times. Ranked 2nd by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the greatest actress of all time (behind Katherine Hepburn). Davis’ intelligence, personal force, and talent permeated every role she played - and her breadth as an actress was limitless, playing Queens, sultry gangster molls, demented tyrants, and everything in between. Her brilliance showed through regardless of the material she worked with.
Christa McAuliffe – Born in Boston, Ma, graduate of Framingham State College, ME at Bowie State University, High School Social Studies teacher, and NASA astronaut. McAuliffe was chosen from 11,000 applicants to be NASA’s first civilian in space as part of the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle mission. She was to perform a number of experiments in space, as well as teach 2 classes from the Challenger to High School students. The space shuttle exploded just 73 seconds after lift-off. Killing all 7 of the crew. Christa is remembered as a civilian pioneer in the US space program.
Women do not need to make “world- history” in order to be vital parts of our everyday lives. All of us owe a considerable debt to the women around us; whether they be our mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, cousins, aunts, grandmothers, nieces, friends, or co-workers. Women make history in our lives each day. Caring for us, guiding us, nurturing us, teaching us, and fighting for us. They are our role models of strength, character, intelligence, and integrity; making inestimable contributions in every area of life and society. The world would not be a tolerable place without the leadership, love, toughness, perseverance, and wisdom, of the women who make up such an essential part of it.
Quote of the month: “We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.” Susan B. Anthony
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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