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First building on the left as you enter the Airport parking area
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After 8 years of disappointment and a slow economy, America is 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), Eileen Cusack (Treasurer), John Hodgson (Bristol County Sherriff), Christine Leemon (Chairwomen), Steve Nickerson (Vice Chairman)
Massachusetts will hold statewide elections on Tuesday, November 6. There are a number of important and competitive races that are taking place, and it is essential that the voters weigh in and cast their ballots. It is the one way in which everyone is afforded an equal say in the political process. In this column I will outline some of the more consequential races, as well as comment on the recent political drama around the Supreme Court appointment of Brett Kavanaugh, and discuss the state of the U.S. economy.
Geoff Diehl vs Elizabeth Warren – U.S. Senate
What have Geoff Diehl and Elizabeth Warren done for the citizens of Massachusetts? This is the critical question. It is the best basis on which to predict future behavior. Both have been in government long enough for us to know who they are and what they stand for. I will start with Geoff Diehl. Diehl, a Whitman resident and Eagle Scout, is a former Democrat turned Republican. He has represented the 7th Plymouth as a Republican State Rep in the Massachusetts house since 2010. In 2014 Diehl led the effort to repeal the Gas Tax law. Under this law, the tax on gas would automatically rise each year without voters having any opportunity to weigh-in. Talk about taxation without representation! The defeat of the gas tax law has saved Mass residents over $2billion. Diehl is a common-sense conservative with the ability to get things done. It is notable that he is supported by law enforcement unions across the state. It is also significant that in the last two elections for his representative seat, he has run unopposed. This means that even in the deep blue state of Mass, the Democrats understand how capable and popular the Republican Diehl is, and they don’t want to waste any “talent” running against him in a losing effort. Geoff Diehl has earned a “promotion” and will make an excellent U.S Senator, one we can all be proud of!
What has Elizabeth Warren done for Massachusetts? Certainly, she has tried to resist Republicans at ever opportunity, but what has she done for the citizens of the state she represents in the U.S. Senate? I cannot think of a thing. Even the liberal LA Times newspaper recently observed “she has failed to assemble a roster of legislative accomplishments”. We can, however, take her at her own words. I will mention 3 examples. (I will purposely, however, leave out any reference to Warren’s dubious and self-proclaimed “Indian heritage”). In 2011, Warren said that she “created much of the intellectual foundation of the occupy Wall Street movement”. She held this position until it became obvious that the OWS movement and its associated “camps” were, in actuality, drug and crime invested havens of squalor and debauchery; which required considerable Massachusetts police and tax payer resources to clean up. In August of this year, Warren called the criminal justice system “racist – all the way. I mean front to back”. In this disturbing commentary, Warren once again showed her true colors. Playing the race card for pure political purposes, regardless of any relation to the truth. As a matter of fact, the brave members of law enforcement put their lives on the line every day, protecting us from the chaos and danger of criminal behavior. Hundreds of law enforcement personnel are killed in the line of duty each year. I wonder what their friends, families, and co-workers think of Warren’s comments? It is also noted, that over 100,000 members of law enforcement are black - directly refuting her racist claims. Lastly, Warren stated publicly just a few days ago that she is taking a “hard look at running for president”. Does Massachusetts really want to vote in someone who’s main commitment will be to run an embarrassing and doomed “quixotic” campaign for president, rather than representing her constituents? The answer is “No way”!
Besides the contest for the U.S. Senate, there are several other competitive races on the ballot. Jay McMahon verses Maura Healy for Mass Attorney General. McMahon is a veteran of the armed forces and has been a success at the top echelons of the legal profession for 30 years. A father of 5 and a business owner, he understands the real challenges that face the citizens of Mass. Maura Healy, the incumbent, has been a disappointment. She cannot get past the results of the 2016 presidential election and has spent an inordinate amount of time and resources suing the president. According to NPR, she has brought suit or legal challenges against the Trump administration 26 times. 26 Times! We need an Attorney General that can better focus their efforts on Massachusetts’ issues/concerns – rather than a misdirected political vendetta, to say the least.
On a more local level is the race for State Senate representing the Bristol and Norfolk District; Jacob Ventura against Paul Feeney. Ventura, a Republican, narrowly lost to the Democrat Feeney in the special election held in 2017 to replace Joe Timilty. They meet again this November. It is important to note that Ventura is backed by Governor Baker, and would be a voice helping to push the Governor’s successful agenda. Feeney on the other hand would continue the liberal group-think that has taken a regretful toll on the state.
State Reps Jay Barrows (representing Mansfield, Foxboro, Norton), and Betty Poirier (Mansfield, Plainville, North Attleboro) are running unopposed this year. They are to be commended for the outstanding job they have done over the years and deserve your vote.
Brett Kavanaugh is now a sitting justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The events that took place during the confirmation process brought out the worst in political behavior that I have ever seen, and I have been following politics for 40 years. After a grueling hearing in which Kavanaugh answered Senator’s questions “live” for 30 hours (amidst screaming/ranting protestors), responded to 1300 written questions, and met with Senators individually, – it appeared he would be confirmed; it would just be a formality. Only then did accusers come after Kavanaugh, alleging of him most vile, depraved, and outlandish behavior. The accusers and their political friends were out to destroy Kavanaugh and his family. These innocent people, the targets of the accusers, were considered to be collateral damage, a means to and end. That end being the withdrawal of a conservative nominee for the Supreme Court. Thankfully Kavanaugh was approved by a narrow margin and he now sits on the bench. However, make no mistake, this whole process was a serious warning to all. When the political process does not produce the hoped-for results, the politics of personal destruction can take place. Destroying a person’s reputation, family, and career -by accusation only, without the benefit of the rule of law, due process, or the presumption of innocence; even without evidence or corroborating witnesses to back up the claims. Essentially removing the basic building blocks of our legal system. Make no mistake – this has been a warning of future things to come, if we allow it.
Certainly, we live in passionate political times. However, if you take a step back and look at some of the basic facts, it is apparent that several important and positive changes have taken place since the elections of 2016. The unemployment rate, now stands at 3.7%, the lowest level since 1969 – 49 years! For women the rate is the lowest since 1953, and for Blacks and Hispanics the rate is the lowest in history – in history! The economy grew at an astonishing 4.2% in the second quarter of this year. A robust economy (a major focus of the administration’s efforts) “lifts all boats” and benefits all Americans, regardless of gender, class, race, ethnicity, or political persuasion. It is important that we keep this in mind and keep things moving forward when vote on November 6. And remember, early voting is in place in Massachusetts Oct 22, through Nov 2!
Steve Nickerson is a 26 year resident of Mansfield, and 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
Mansfield Republican Town Committee Members and Friends
Join us for a candidate Standout this Saturday, 10/20/18, from 9:30am – Noon.
Location – Intersection of Rt 106 and North Main St, Mansfield
Supported Candidates include:
- Charlie Baker
- Geoff Diehl
- Jay McMahon
- Jacob Ventura
- Jay Barrows
- Betty Poirier
Signs will be provided by the MRTC
Or, bring a sign if you have one!
Looking forward to seeing you there!!
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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