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Confluence Of Issues

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

So here we are again back at the rifle range issue, although I have a lot more to say than selectmen Dickhaut and LeBlanc are plain wrong on that issue. they’re wrong on a lot more than that.

Selectman LeBlanc seems to be doing what’s in his own selfish interest, not what’s in the best interest of our town, our police force and in effect US. I would posit that LeBlanc has had conversations with the Lancaster town administrator that undermine the work our town counsel is doing to preserve our right as a town to use the land for police firearms qualification. Mr LeBlanc, if you’d like to deny that please chime right in!

Now we have the Lancaster police applying for a special permit to qualify and practice at the range they use WHICH IS ZONED RESIDENTIAL. I question why Lancaster hasn’t applied their zoning laws equally to their own police department. If Clinton gets a cease and desist order for qualifying on residential property then Lancaster MUST get the same under their zoning laws. If not then nullify the one against the Clinton Police Department. This selective enforcement is hypocritical and wrong.

Now for the financial ramifications. We have a BOS that’s supposed to be looking out for our best interests, they are NOT. When they formulated the budget it should have taken the overtime line item into account. The police shouldn’t have to rely on overtime for the normal everyday operation of their department. I understand budgets have to be cut, however common sense shows that in times of financial turmoil crime rises, it’s a fact. Now we may have less police on the street, dispatchers laid off and replaced with officers who would be on the street performing their duties. The BOS has botched it’s budget big time on this front.

So here’s where the rifle range issue, safety and fiscal responsibility merge together into one large confluence. First, we have an underfunded police department. Second we have officers that haven’t been able to qualify and practice because Dickhaut and LeBlanc are on a mission to shut down the rifle range and are in my opinion in collusion with Lancaster town officials to undermine our best interests. Third, to qualify the police may have to go to a private out of town range at some cost to the town. I’ve heard price tags of $10,000+ per year and a need for more overtime which we have no money budgeted for. We’ll be less safe, with less officers on the street and incur higher costs.

Finally, if they succeed in closing the rifle range it would need to have a lead remediation done at a cost in the neighborhood of $2,000,000. These selectmen are a detriment to the people of Clinton and should be damn ashamed of their actions. They have put our safety at risk, our financial state at risk and have potentially damaged our police departments relationship with our sister town…for what just so some people don’t have to hear the police qualify during the day for a couple weeks a year, These selectmen are a bad joke who put their self serving interests first and put our police department in the middle of their political brinkmanship. Please remember this next spring when you go to the polls.

An Endorsement and Commentary

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

I’m sure you’re all aware I support Bill Connolly for election to the Clinton Board of Selectmen. I wish him well tomorrow and hope to hell he pulls this off. If the position goes to Weeks you can expect a completely NON-TRANSPARENT board With the two power hungry Selectmen calling the shots. The only difference will be that instead of 4-1 votes they’ll nearly always be 5-0.

Even with Tony Fiorentino as a board member it was hard to see any transparency.

I know the Weeks camp and his handlers believe they have this in the bag, but you know what, sometimes logic prevails and the best person for the job is elected.

Please Vote Connolly

The other candidate for selectman will be lucky to grab 300 votes give or take. Of course it’s his prerogative to run. Statistically there’s no possible way he can win and has alienated many voters through his reactionary rhetoric on this Blog and both internet forums in town. If you’re not for him, or question his lack of answers, you’re a “HACK”.

I believe the Strong Chief will prevail as well. Most all voters see through this vendetta driven personal attack on the Chief. In reality it’s about a position and not the person that holds it.

I wish the rest of the candidates good luck, some better luck than others though;)  See you at the polls tomorrow…

In this corner

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Here it is Friday the 13th of February, nomination papers have been available for a week and there are a couple potential races. A three way assessors race and a school committee race. My question is where are the political pugilists vying for the Selectman’s seat? This is the real deal, the premier Bloodsport bout!

I’m sure the Haley and Dickhaut camps are out beating the bushes to come up with an ally to help them further their self serving agenda’s. A couple of the names that have floated by would be less than desirable and not necessarily people that would be doing this for the right reasons. There has been one person whose name I’ve heard bandied about that would be a really good fit. Lets hope for our sake the person in question does run and is supported by the citizens of Clinton that are sick and tired of the Status Quo.

My sincerest thanks to Tony Fiorentino for putting up being ignored and on the losing end of a lot of 4-1 votes. I can’t say I blame him for wanting to leave now. When you cease to be able to make a difference through the plotting of your fellow Selectmen it gets old, fast. Good luck in your future endeavor Tony, you’ll do great, it’s our loss unfortunately.

To you potential candidates, lace up the gloves and get ready for Bloodsport…It’s going to be a rough 15 rounds in the ring, Bing…there’s the bell, round one is starting!