More bloodshed...Way to keep the debate reasonable Robbin.
The Selectmen aren't being evil here. They have to follow the law and the requirements of the Mass DPW and AASHTO. I'm sure that they will come to some reasonable accomidation with signage, a bright crosswalk or some other warning devices. If you start placing stop signs arbitrarily, you run the risk that people will ignore them. That will create an even more dangerous situation town wide. I had a similar situation in my neighborhood that a stop sign request was rejected. The town increased lighting and added warning signs. It appears that the problem has been solved.
What ever happened to civil discourse? "We're willing to be loud"? I'm sure you don't have to be loud. Our town management is very reasonable and responsive. How about calmly discussing things first? View Comment
Heading South on 140 and turning left on Hill Street is a blood pressure cooker. There are very poor sight lines through that area. Cars pass on your right going 60 miles an hour. Hopefull they'll add an actual seperate left turn lane there. More lighting and a little better warning signage at that intersection would help too. View Comment
I'm told that counterfeiters never get the crisp detail on the graphical borders. The Treasury uses Intaglio (sp?) printing which is very expensive to set up. If you are questioning a bill, look at the borders compared to a note that you know is real. The borders ona real bill have very sharp details. Fake bills are usually more muttled. The White House shadowing on the fake bill shown above lacks the deepness of a real bill too.
You can always tell the feel of real money too. The half cloth/half paper mix produced out in Dalton, Massachusetts is nearly impossible to duplicate. All bills of $10 and above have a plastic ribbon imbedded in the paper that has the numerical value of the bill almost microprinted on it with the value repeated. That's a tough one to fake too. Look at the Green Treasury stamp on any bill. The value of the bill is overstamped on that, but neither of the different colored stamps loses their color or blends in with the other.
Apparently $20s are the bill most commonly counterfeited. People look very closely at $50s and $100s, $20s, not so much. It is theorized that Iran is attempting to flood the world with fake $20s. View Comment
Well John B (If that is in fact your real name)
Twenty months of job growth is technically true, however the economy must expand at 230,000 new jobs per month to keep pace with people entering the workforce, so as compared with population the net is job loss. That is why the unemployment rate has increased under President Obama.
Aa far as austerity goes, the two countries in Europe who have historically kept government spending at under 20% of GDP are Germany and the UK. What two countries are now being counted on to bail out the rest of Europe because they have relatively healthy economies? That is correct, Germany and the UK. Now that the socialistic basket cases have to go on a diet, of course there will be pain. Like a junkie who goes through the DTs, these failed economic models must be weaned from the government teat. It will be painful, but it must eventually happen.
You are entitled to your opinions, but not your facts John. You are wrong. View Comment
What a collection of wacky moonbats that is. All of the people listed started out as "Community Organizers." Not one of them has had a real job. If this is your source authority... View Comment
Lieawatha, aka Faux-cahontas, offers nothing but the same old tried and failed tax and spend policies that have prevented recovery on the National Level these past forty months. She should come out from her ivory tower and listen to business people instead of just Harvard and Washington, DC Marxists.
It is very simple why businesses are not hiring. Washington big spenders and regulators have killed what economists refer to as the animal spirits in the economy. Business people will hire, spend and take risks when there is an atmosphere of potential reward. When Washington demonizes us, threatens higher taxes, and ever expands regulations, we retreat, and play defense.
Although there has been some growth in my work load, I am very loathe to hire. When Taxmeggedon and Cap and Trade come into being business will come to a screatching halt. Economists of all stripes, Keynsians and Supply Siders agree. Rather than hire a Project Manager or perminant Yard Laborer to stock projects, I'll just continue to work seventy hours a week. I'll sub-contract out more work too. Talk to any business person. Nobody wants to hire while the Washington sword of dameclease hangs over our head.
There is a clear choice in the Senatorial and Presidential Elections. Will we return to the Free Market Capitalism that made America an Economic Superpower for 200 years or will we continue down the Socialist Path we are on? We're lucky. We have Europe to show us where Socialism leads. Shall we elect Warren and Obama and become like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, etc., etc., etc.? My God, I hope not. View Comment
Anyone who knows me, knows me to be a right winger. I've had numerous instances over the years that I've disagreed with Senator Moore. I've probably disagreed with him more than I've agreed with him. All of that having been said...
I don't know about other towns in the district, but to say that Senator Moore is not often present in Shrewsbury, is just not true. He co-hosted the WWI Memorial Fundraiser, regularly attends Selectmen's meetings, and the Legislative Breakfasts, holds office hours at the Senior Center, and attends many, many local events, including the Wine Tasting I threw for SOAR this year. I see him around Shrewsbury all of the time. He's around Shrewsbury enough that he knows me by first name, and I certainly do not run in his political circles. I've discussed town finances and state mandates with him on numerous occasions. The conversation often turns to my concerns as a small businessman in Massachusetts. Again, in my conversations with him, I often disagree with him, but he is engaged, and he does talk to and listen to his constituants, regardless their political stripe. The world needs more of that.
Some time ago, Senator Moore called me to ask for my endoresement. I politely declined because I didn't know who his opponent would be, and I didn't want to work against a Republican. I have voted for maybe half a dozen Democrats in my life. I have never voted Democrat in a Presidential, Senatorial or Congressional election. I have never missed voting in any election. I will vote for one (and only one) more Democrat in this upcoming election. I will vote for Senator Moore. I hope that you will too.
John P. Masiello View Comment
While the ends may be laudible, this is why we have a 65,000 page tax code. Also, by issuing tax credits for people who work in the city, you are forcing me to subsize the lost revenue because I live and work in the same community and don't receive a commuter deduction. I have a five minute commute to work. Shouldn't I be rewarded for that under the logic of some of the other comments I read here?
I'm not a fan of Jim Big McGovernment. That being said, I do respect this. The Sudan is among the worst human rights offenders in the world. They use forced starvation, rape and murder against their own citizens. When people like Congressman McGovern and George Clooney use their fame to point such atrocities out to the world, that's not a bad thing.
I'd still never vote for the Congressman, but this is a very noble undertaking.
Keep in mind though Congressman that if the US were allowed to drill and transport via pipeline more domestic and Canadian oil, the world wouldn't be so beholden to thugs like Iran, Venezuela and The Sudan. View Comment
My Fellow Shrewsburians,
It is my pleasure to proudly endorse my friend, Jim Kane for re-election to the Board of Selectmen. Jim is a very intelligent, thoughtful and hard working man who has the skills to represent our town. He has done a fine job these past three years and deserves to be re-elected.
Like all other municipalities, Shrewsbury has had very difficult economic challenges these past few years. Due to Jim Kane and the rest of our Selectmen, we have seen no measurable loss of quality in Municipal Services. It was Jim's leadership and fast action that caused us to react swiftly to the Holloween Storm of 2011. While most other communities sat on their hands and left residents to their own devices Shrewsbury quickly cleaned up, immediately put in for Federal Aid, and will recoup most costs. This is typical of how Jim Kane has performed as a Selectman. Watch the tape of the Selectmen's meeting after the storm. With all due respect to the rest of the Board of Selectmen, this was, for the most part Jim Kane's doing.
It has also been my pleasure to work with Jim on the WWI Memorial restoration. Jim has worked tirelessly on this project. I say this without reservation; that project wouldn't be even a remote possibility without Jim's hard work. We expect to begin construction shortly, as fundraising (again with Jim's leadership) is going very well.
I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Let us not return to a failed model of behavior on the Board. We are very fortunate when hard working, thoughtful, intelligent, courteous people like my friend Jim Kane step forward to serve our community. Please thank him with your vote.
John P. Masiello View Comment
I'm disgusted. Representatives Peterson and Beaton should be working to defund this boondoggle. Taxpayer money should not be picking winners and losers in the energy market, nor any other market for that matter.
Look at the chicanary at the Federal Level in these clean energy projects. When all is said and done, the money spent at Solyndra ($523 Million), Beacon Power ($45 Million), Evergreen Solar ($70 Million), etc., etc., etc. would have generated more electricity had we burned $100 bills at waste to energy plants.
I'm involved in the construction of Energy Generation, Transmission and Distribution. The dirty little secret about Solyndra is that their solar panels were junk. Nobody could get them to work as advertised. They short out within days of tie-in. When they do kind of work, they put out about 20% of the electricity of a similarly priced panels. Your tax dollars at work.
The Commonwealth can't affectively accomplish the things that they're supposed to be doing. Why would anyone think that they would be profficient in a market as dynamic as energy?
Messrs. Beaton and Peterson. Do you want to promote energy and manufacturing jobs? Work on reducing the level of taxation and the confiscatory regulation environment that we "enjoy" here in Massachusetts first.
John P. Masiello View Comment
The competition for food is brutal in this area. It wasn't that long ago that there was almost no place to eat around here. Now there are dozens of places within just one mile, most of which are pretty good.
That's too bad. The food was good, and the people were nice. There's been a White City Pizza in one form or another for decades. It's the end of an era. View Comment
My Fellow Shrewsburians,
Please join me in re-electing Jim Kane to the Board of Selectmen. Jim is a thoughtful and hard working gentleman who has been a tremendous asset to the Board.
It has been my pleasure to work with Jim Kane on the WWI Memorial Reconstruction. He has been the glue which has bound the design, fundraising, and the coordination with the town to bring this worthy project forward at no cost to the Taxpayer.
As a member of the Finance Committee, I have found his guidence and council in budgetary and other town matters to be invaluable. When Jim Kane speaks on a subject, you can be sure that he has done his homework, and has arrived at an informed and thoughtful decision.
Jim Kane has the personality, intelligence and persaverence to be one of the finest Selectmen this town has had. We have an excellant Board of Selectmen now, due in no small part to Jim Kane's leadership. These budgetary times have been very trying for the Town and Townspeople of Shrewsbury. Even through these difficult times, we have seen no reduction in services, and our taxes remain among the lowest in the Commonwealth.
It is proudly and without hesitation that I endorse my friend Jim Kane for re-election to the Board of Selectmen. Thank you.
John P. Masiello View Comment