Upcoming MRTC meetings9/11/18
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 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)
In these days of intense political passions, it seems that we, as Americans, have never been so divided. The endless news cycles are constantly ratcheting up the drama and intensity; the professional “talking heads” are warning us of dire consequences, and predictions of doom and gloom come from media sources of every description.
But Is it really that bad? Certainly, the times we are now experiencing are divisive, emotions are raw, and tempers are hot. But the mainstays of our American Society remain firmly in place, and it is my opinion that there is much more that unites us than there is that divides us.
We live in a democratic society, really the first “working” society of its kind. We vote for the people we believe can best represent us and govern us, and we have vast input into the laws by which we are governed. Sometimes the choice of candidates is not what we would prefer, but the point is that there is a choice. In many countries around the world leaders are not chosen via a democratic process, and the people do not have a say over who rules them. Our American society has become both the most prosperous and most generous that the world has ever seen.
Of course, our form of government has its flaws and is not perfect. Any system, once human beings become involved, can be expected to encounter some of the problems driven by the darker side of human nature. The hope is that our system will continue to improve along a positive course. Winston Churchill once said of democracy, that it was “the worst form of government in the world, except for all the others”! This may be true. But it is a system that allows freedom of thought, of speech, of religion, and personal independence – the foundational building blocks that define us as a society.
Building a better world and leaving the world in a better place for younger generations is another area in which we can agree. We want to ensure that those that follow us have improved prospects for good jobs and fulfilling careers as well as the opportunity for a free and independent way of life. Do we share consensus on the best path to get there, maybe not, but the point is that the desire for a better world for new generations is a unifying idea that can bring us together.
Lastly, the area where we live, Mansfield and the surrounding towns, is unique, and should not be taken for granted. Regardless of political persuasion this is an amazing area. It is a safe and secure place to live. Violent crime is a relative rarity. There are an abundance of educational and vocational opportunities (at the highest levels) for those preparing to enter the job market for the first time or move into new careers. The healthcare options are world renowned. Major Sports and entertainment venues (i.e. Gillette Stadium, Xfinity Center, etc.) are minutes away; not to mention access to the sea shore, the mountains, as well as Boston – one of the major cultural centers of the country.
Certainly, the times in which we currently live are divisive and passionate, maybe even uniquely so, but it is also important to remember that there is still much that unites us and much that we can agree upon.
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
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 Tent. 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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