Upcoming MRTC meetings
November - No meeting
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 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), Eileen Cusack (Treasurer), John Hodgson (Bristol County Sherriff), Christine Leemon (Chairwomen), Steve Nickerson (Vice Chairman)
November 11 is Veterans Day. A day set aside to thank, as well as to remember, those who serve and have served our country in uniform in times of war and peace. It goes without saying that a strong, well trained, and effective military, is a cornerstone to preserving our American way of life; as well as providing a defense for democracies around the globe. Without it, our country, and the world itself would look very different.
Why November 11?
November 11, 1918, also known as Armistice Day, was the day the fighting in World War One officially ended. Up until that point, WW1 was the most destructive war the world had seen, causing 70 million deaths worldwide, including the deaths of 117,000 US military personnel and another 204,000 injured. The armistice was concluded on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918. Armistice Day became a legal federal holiday in the US in 1938, “dedicated to the cause of world peace”.
Who is a veteran?
A veteran is anyone that serves or has served honorably in the military, naval, or air services of the United States. These services include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. According to the US Census, there are 21,369,602 veterans (active and retired) in the US, – with 303,087 in Massachusetts
What kind of person joins the Military?
The US military represents the very best of American men and women. People that are motivated by patriotism, the desire to serve and help others, and to save lives. People that may be called to give the ultimate sacrifice, or at a minimum, sacrifice of a portion of their lives for the greater good. The military is a crucible, intent upon bringing out and refining the individual traits that can best support its missions. Traits that include good character, integrity, teamwork, intelligence, as well as emotional and physical strength. The military puts raw recruits on a fast track to self-reliance and maturity. Hundreds of vocations are available in the service, many of which can be translated into civilian careers. A strong personal foundation can be built in the service; and it can last a life time. It isn’t easy, but for those that take part in the military it can be well worth it.
- 6.5% of the US population are veterans. Everybody knows somebody who is a veteran
- 92% of veterans are men, 8% are women
- Current Active Duty personnel by Service in 2018:
o Army – 471,271
o Navy – 320,101
o Air Force – 312,723
o Marine Corps – 183,501
- The largest military draft that took place was during WW2 – 10 million personnel
- The Marine Corps has never drafted. It has always been a volunteer force
- The largest American amphibious attack was not D Day in France; it was the Battle for Okinawa, in the Pacific, with a combined Army and Marine Corps assault force of 183,000.
Veterans occupy a special place in American society. We all know someone in our family, and our families’ history who is or was a veteran. For example in my family, my grandmother’s brother, Warren Joyce, (from Whitman) fought in the US army in WW1. He was killed in France in 1918 at 17 years old. He died in battle 2 weeks before Armistice was signed. Joyce Avenue in Whitman is named for him. My grandmother, who lived into her 90’s, never got over it. My wife’s uncle, Teddy Sullivan, (from Norwood) served for the Coast Guard as a young man in WW2. He told me first hand of the battles he witnessed, both for the Philippines and Iwo Jima; with Japanese kamikaze planes narrowly missing his ship - and sinking other ships just yards away (and killing those on board) - A terrible thing to experience… These are just two stories from an average American family. There are many other similar stories that can be told in nearly every family across the country
In both war and peace veterans make sacrifices, in the defense of our freedoms and the American way of life. Please remember our veterans this November 11, and thank them for their service.
Steve Nickerson is a 26 year resident of Mansfield, and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He 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 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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