Upcoming MRTC meetings
July - 9 - Family Fun Night!
August - 13
September - MRTC Breakfast Event
October - 8
November - 12
December - 10
Monthly MRTC Meeting Location Note: 5/14/19 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)
We are now into the time of year where we are celebrating our recent graduates. Whether it be from our local public or private schools, vocational schools, colleges/universities, or training facilities for businesses or the armed forces – there is much to celebrate. Regardless of age, gender, background, or religious affiliation, we can all agree that the importance of an education and the creation of a pathway to future success is indeed something to applaud.
Preparing and enhancing the foundation of one’s life can be difficult. It takes effort, determination, perseverance, and a true belief in the achievement of worthwhile personal goals. It is seldom done in a vacuum. The support of family, friends, classmates, and others, can be a critical component of the process. Personal achievement takes a significant degree of dedication. It does not happen overnight. It becomes, by its nature, a part of one’s life. It is often required that sacrifices be made – this includes financial, lifestyle, and relationship adjustments; all done in the name of a greater good to come.
While in the midst of preparing for one’s future, it is often difficult to see the freedom that can come with personal growth. Upon completion of an educational/career milestone, and potential entry into a new work/occupational opportunity – it is a time of life where an entire world of opportunities and prospects looms large. Boundless choices exist; it can be a simultaneously heady and nerve-wracking time. But, it is one of those rare moments in life where the beginning of a new and transformative chapter is being written.
For the graduates of 2019 specifically, the United States is blessed with a historically robust economy. All key financial data, along with the vigorous health shown by our major industries, indicates a booming and growing economic environment. The current republican administration, for the past 2+ years, has made economic improvement one of its most important priorities. The proof is in the results. Unemployment is now at 3.6% - in essence full employment. There are more jobs available, in many industries, than there are people to fill them. This drives up competition as well as associated wages/earnings; certainly a good thing for those entering into the job market. Opportunities abound. The jobless rate for minorities is excellent – especially for Blacks and Hispanics; it is at a historic low. For women, the jobless rate is the best in 50 years. Industries, such a manufacturing, are making a comeback in the US. The Gross Domestic Product – a key indicator of economic health, is projected to be over 3% for the month of June; a very good sign of continued growth. A robust economy does not discriminate. Everyone - every color, race, gender, and ethnicity, benefits. A high tide lifts all boats. A strong economy is the best way for all people in our country to take advantage of the countless opportunities for personal growth that present themselves.
In conclusion, it goes without saying that our graduates have a lot to be proud of and we should take the time to recognize their achievements. Those achievements certainly could not have taken place without a belief on oneself, a recognition of the effort required, and the perseverance to see it through. An education, and a commitment to improving one’s future, can play a critical role in the development of personal character, integrity, ambition, and maturity. It is an essential ingredient to personal success. Next time you see a recent graduate – take the time to say Congratulations!
Quote of the month – “Intelligence plus character, that is the true goal of education”-Martin Luther King Jr – American religious and civil rights leader
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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