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The Declaration of Independence


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which

have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station

to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires

 that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with

 certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights,

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any

 Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute                                   

new Government..........

 

 

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Massachusetts Department of Revenue
   
A Guide to Financial Management for Town Officials  (Excerpted)
   
Role of the Finance Committee 
   
Chapter 5.1:WHAT ARE THE BASIC ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE?
The finance committee is the official fiscal watchdog for a town. Because it is difficult for all taxpayers to be completely informed about every aspect of a town’s finances, finance committees were established so a representative group of taxpayers could conduct a thorough review of municipal finance questions on behalf of all citizens.The role of the finance committee is described in the Massachusetts Finance Committee Handbook published by the Association of Town Finance Committees. A new edition is published every few years, with annual supplements published in the intervening years. It is an excellent resource on the role of the finance committee.The primary duties of a finance committee are to advise and make recommendations to town meeting on the budget and other areas of finance. It has statutory authority to make transfers from the town’s reserve fund (a contingency fund usually created as part of the annual budget appropriations) to departmental budgets for extraordinary or unforeseen occurrences. It may approve with the selectmen some budget transfers during the last two months of the fiscal year and the first 15 days of the next year in order to close out the town’s financial records.In addition to its research and advisory role at town meeting, the committee can play a vital role in the financial planning of the town. In some communities, the finance committee develops long-range revenue and expenditure forecasts, which are very useful in scheduling large capital acquisitions and identifying major changes in the operating budget of the town.
   
The Association of Town Finance Committees
   
Finance Committee Handbook (Excerpted)
The ATFC has received many calls involving the duties and power of the finance committee. These have usually been instigated by clashes with the board of selectmen or town administrator, who are often getting more assertive in claiming a role, or even asserting sole responsibility, in presenting the budget to town meeting. This preface will duplicate parts of the following chapters, but I feel it important to bring together key elements of this issue.This preface will summarize this “discussion” into the broader framework of the division of powers within local government. I see this division of powers as comparable to that at the state and federal government. The board of selectmen and town manager/administrator/executive secretary are part of the executive branch of government. It is their job to collect budget information, developbudget priorities and formulate a balanced budget,the same as a president or governor.Once developed, that budget is presented to the finance committee, representing the legislative branch, the town meeting. In effect, the local finance committee has the same role as the House Ways and Means Committee in the State Legislature. It is the finance committee’s responsibility to receive the budgets from the executive branch (either as a collective whole or individually by department), analyze them, have hearings where the department heads and the public can testify, and present a balanced budget to town meeting. That budget should reflect the finance committee’s decisions based upon their best judgement of the issues and finances of the town.The budget before town meeting is the finance committee’s and it is their job to explain and defend it. This does not preclude department heads or the town administrator, if any, from being called upon to answer questions or explain items in more detail, but it is the finance committee’s budget. 
 
Without finance committee independent review, the town meeting would be at a severe handicap in voting on financial matters when all of the recommendations are coming from one source. Separation of powers was designed by our founding fathers for a reason—Defend It.

Respectfully,

Allan Tosti,

Chair, Arlington Finance Committee

Treasurer, ATFC

Editor, Finance Committee Handbook

Chapter 1 Town & Town Government 
The finance committee’s prime responsibility is to make recommendations on all financial matters,including the budget, to town meeting. The committee has oversight responsibility for all municipalfinancial matters, as well as other statutory authority granted to them by town bylaws Page 1-5
   
Chapter 2  Municipal Budgeting Finance Committee
The finance committee is a town’s official fiscal watchdog. Its primary responsibility is to advise and make recommendations to town meeting on the budget and other areas of finance, although in many towns they prepare and submit the budget as well as comment on it. The state statutory authority of the finance committee does not vary from community to community, but the role and process does. Page 2-7 
   
Town Meeting
Town meeting is the legislative body and appropriating authority of a town. As such, it enacts bylaws (i.e., local laws), approves the operating and capital budgets, authorizes the town to borrow funds and may ratify major policies concerning the financial management of the municipality. Page 2-8 
   
The Finance Committee Report
The finance committee should promote the implementation of a budget process that results in a clear and meaningful budget document. The annual budget is the opportunity to present the voters with a clear picture of town government: what it is, where it is, and where it is heading.The finance committee report is the extremely critical end-product of the budget development process. This document should inform town meeting of the proposed budget and its recommendations on all financial articles. Further, the report often establishes the appropriation framework for the upcoming year.Whether or not the finance committee prepares the town’s budget, the committee is responsible for submitting recommendations on the budget and other financial warrant articles to town meeting.The finance committee report provides analyses,explanations, and justifications for its recommendations. Although the level of detail varies from town to town, more informative reports include financial and statistical data, often trace historical trends and specific appropriations. However, there is no need to duplicate information already presented in a comprehensive budget document.The town’s financial condition, the issues posed by the budget, local bylaws, customs and traditions,and the interests and skills of committee members will all shape the finance committee report. Often,town staff assists the finance committee in preparing the report, and in larger towns the finance committee may have its own staff. Pages 2-11 & 2-12
 
Summary
A local government’s budgeting process should provide a forum for the community to understand,evaluate, discuss, and determine the financial planfor the coming year. The budget document and the finance committee’s report are the media that should guide and influence these resource allocation deliberations and decisions. Properly prepared and presented, these comprehensive documents will meet the tests of excellence in budgeting as espoused by the GFOA, the national, stateand local government standard setters. Page 2-13
 
Chapter 3 THE FINANCE COMMITTEE:
  
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS
In 1870, a group of Quincy citizens banded together to restore financial order in their municipality,creating the Commonwealth’s first finance committee.In 1910, the Massachusetts courts ruled that a municipal finance committee was legal (Sinclair v. Fall River, 198 Mass 248). In that same year, the Massachusetts General Court also acknowledged the need for municipal finance committees statewide, requiring all but the smallest municipalities to establish such committees to assist in dealing with emerging municipal challenges (St 1910, Ch.130, s 2). Several additional legislative assists (i.e.,St 1923, Ch. 388 and St 1929, Ch. 270), reinforced the mandated or permitted existence of municipal finance committees. Page 3-1
 
Basic Legislation
The present basic legislation, Chapter 39 s16M.G.L. reads as follows:“Every town whose valuation for the purpose of apportioning the state tax exceed sone million dollars shall, and any other town may, by bylaw provide for the election or the appointment and duties of appropriation,advisory or finance committees, who shall consider any or all municipal questions for the purpose of making reports or recommendations to the town; and such bylaws may provide that committees so appointed or elected may continue in office for terms not exceeding three years from the date of appointment or election. In every town having a committee appointed under authority of this section, such committee, or the selectmen if authorized by bylaw of the town, and, in any town not having such a committee, the selectmen,shall submit a budget at the annual town meeting.”Almost every town across the state interprets this statute differently and has established its local finance committee to meet the community’s specific needs. In some towns, for example, the finance committee may prepare as well as comment on the budget. It is generally agreed that finance committees may consider any matter they feel will have a fiscal impact on the town, as well as any other matters the committee feels are relevant. It may reasonably be argued that little comes before town meeting that does not have a potential fiscal impact on the town. Page 3-1
 
Budget
Down to Basics The budget is a finance committee’s major concernand is likely where the bulk of the committee’s time will be spent. Depending on whether a givenf inance committee is responsible for developing the town budget from scratch or for reviewing and making recommendations on a budget developedby the selectmen, town manager or executive secretary,the finance committee will meet fairly regularly for three to six months before town meeting. Most of that time will be devoted to budget development and review.Throughout the budget cycle, the committee’s main goals should be:
• to optimize the value of each dollar spent;
• to address the town’s long range as well as immediate needs;
• to present a balanced budget to town  meeting; and
• to present budget recommendations in a clear and readable format, with sufficient detail and explanation so that town meeting members can understand the basic goals, policies,tradeoffs and constraints that shaped it.
Experienced finance committee members learn to read between the budget’s line items and see the policy decisions, and indecisions, built into the numbers. The finance committee should be willing to share that insight with town meeting. Page 3-6
  
Ideally, the finance committee can support its recommendations at town meeting without alienating advocates for opposing viewpoints. Where compromise is possible, the subcommittee should also work with the opposing sides come to a responsible resolution of their differences. Although the finance committee can and should advocate for its own position, its reports should make it clear that a given position was reached after fair and thoughtful deliberation. No matter how important or controversial the issue at hand may be, the finance committee must remember that its first responsibility and loyalty is to town meeting and the integrity of the town meeting process.Pages 3-8 & 3-9

                                                                                                                                                   

Release the 100 Emails!

To: Provincetown Board of Selectmen

We understand why the previous BOS withheld the 100 Emails. But why are they now still being denied publication?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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This infringement of MYPACC copyright material crosses the line

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will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law

                                                                                                                                                                              

 
   
 
CANCELLED
 

To The Provincetown Community:

 

It is with mixed emotion I am announcing the cancellation of my upcoming Beaux Arts Ball at the Provincetown Town Hall.

I was forced to make a difficult decision, since a life long dream of mine is about to become a reality. On Oct. 28, 2014 I will see the opening of my first Broadway Play as co-producer. Not off-Broadway, but ON Broadway, when Sideshow opens at the St. James Theatre. Sideshow.com

 

Due to the "simultaneous" dates of both events, I had to sacrifice the Ball for this year. On behalf of my Beaux Arts partner Bryan Rafanelli and all of my extraordinary sponsors, my sincere gratitude for your support. Look for a lollapalooza of a Beaux Arts event in 2015 I am proud to be part of this amazing Provincetown community and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your support.

 

I close with something I have always wanted to say:

 

See you on Broadway!

 

Shawn Nightengale

Shawn Nightengale Productions



 
 
 
 
 

 

  
 

Provincetown Business Guild Elects New Board of Directors

 

Photo courtesy Sally Brophy

 

'Like No Where Else' the newly elected board of the Provincetown Business Guild - Michael Valenti, Michelle Haynes, Shawn Nightingale with PBG Executive director Erin Atwood (not pictured, Mark Cortale who is on his honeymoon).

 

"We are on track for a great year," says Provincetown Business Guild (PBG) President Richard McNally. "Our newly elected board brings to our membership an exciting combination of expertise, energy and enthusiasm. We are ready to work together in support of our 300 plus members with events and programs that support our mission to promote Provincetown as a unique travel destination for GLBT travelers. We intend to work hard to ensure 'Like No Where Else' rings out across the globe."

 

The Provincetown Business Guild was established in 1978 as a group of guest house owners coming together to promote the town as a gay tourist destination. In the first year that the guild was in existence there were only 20 members, today we boast over 300! The guild was established under one purpose; "To give the gay business community in Provincetown a focus and a forum."

A packed house at Provincetown's Mac's Seafood restaurant voted in the following slate of officers and board members:

 

PBG Officers

President, Richard McNally, Security First Mortgage Funding

Vice-President, Steve Katsurinis, 8 Dyer Street Guest House

Secretary, Tamara Endich, Penny Patch

Treasurer Robert Vitale, David Datz Law Office

 

PBG Board of Directors

Mark Cortale, Provincetown Art House

Michelle Haynes, Cape Air

Carol Kambar, The Shell Shop

Shawn Nightingale, Shawn Nightingale Productions

Michael Valenti, White Wind Inn


 
 
 





 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Re: Provincetown Police Station
 
" The current police station has been occupied for at least the last
28-29 years. Does anyone realize the wear and tear it has gotten due to it being
a building that's in use 24/7 (for all those years) ???"



No argument from me about the use.  The White house has been in use for much
longer. And, supermarkets.  And, churches.  So what?  Maintenance and renovation
are the norm.  Because a building need work does not mean that we tear it down. 
If it is broken, fix it.
11:44 pm edt 

Re: Let's Examine the Facts and Get Real

"The Town Manager should have ideas, the Town Manager should have a
vision."


Really.  Where did you find that in the charter that describes the job?  The BOS
is the executive responsible for setting policy.  This town has too many people
that love to express uninformed opinions about town government functions.  Read
the charter.  read the by=laws.
11:41 pm edt 

Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz

Couldn't Agree With You More on the Michelle J situation

Being a nice person and having a pleasant personality is surely not the criteria
required or wanted or needed for the executive leadership of town manager. I too
am disappointed with the lack of real thinking and real strategy involved in
affordable housing. We keep doing the same thing over and over and then hand
over our land, our properties, and our CPC monies to developers and then--anyone
from anywhere can move in.

So we are creating affordable housing for many outsiders and we, as a town, have
no control. and we do this over and over again.

It's time for a new paradigm and new leadership.
11:38 pm edt 

Re: Banner Editorial

The Banner editorial reprimanding the three Board of Selectmen who
made the decision to reopen the town manager search and then attempt to
intimidate the board to hire MJ is highly insulting as Provincetown's hometown
newspaper, particularly saying "respectfully" which always raises suspicions in
my mind when such a word has to be introduced into the conversation.

The editorial represents nothing more than a power play of the Old Banner Guard
who are now Florida residents trying to influence Provincetown decision-making
in a very under-handed manner with their current cronies on the Banner.

The Banner has stooped to a new low point of editorial writing in defending MJ.

Never once were MJ's qualifications for the position mentioned or defended nor
the reasons for her rejection in Truro cited in the editorial. By the editor's
silence, she was saying that Provincetown should settle for a part time grants
administrator and housing coordinator as a suitable candidate for the town
manager's position, and then having the audacity to compare MJ to the two former
town managers.

An absolute disgraceful example of how self serving and imperialistic in
thinking the editorial is.

And by a stroke of the pen the editor declares the selectmen should reverse
their decision and anoint MJ as Provincetown's town manager because it is so
apparent to everyone (meaning them--the chosen few) that MJ is very qualified
for the position and we have mysteriously missed her magical qualifications,
leadership ability and day to day experience as an assistant town manager since
1990!

Is this the chicanery which the editor wishes to impose on her readers so
blindly? Does she really think that we are that gullible? Does she really
believe that the Banner is the source of influence and power in this community
when she herself is never seen in the community?

Please don't be dissuaded by this editorial, three selectmen, you have made the
correct decision.

And Banner editor (whomever you are from week to week), don't ever compare a
Harvard Kennedy School of Government graduate who served this town well for 17
years to a town manager, former police officer, who was selected, appointed and
controlled by a small group of your cronies, known by all in the community, who
was then forced out of this town after 6 years due to her defense of her errant
police chief to avoid any egg on her face, as well as a serious lack of
leadership and communication, which subsequently resulted in the unseating of
three selectmen.

Instead,you then had the audacity to issue an editorial which gave this town
manager a wonderful send off to her next job, thanking her profusely for her
financial acumen, when in fact the recognition should have gone to the Director
of Municipal Finance who was chiefly responsible.

Again, a lot of smoke and mirrors on your part.

Adding insult to injury, your cronies sent letters of reference to prospective
employers to help the town manager escape in the nick of time,leaving us with
with costly collateral damage which she created.

Never a mention of the terrible legacy which this town manager left us with.

The Banner has lost any remaining credibility, not that it had much to begin
with, it has always been a soap box for a chosen few from its day of inception.

You don't live here anymore, Old Guard, don't use your former arts editor as a
letter writer and then have the audacity for the editor to reference snippets of
her letter as prima facie evidence to hire MJ in the editorial. She represents
the Old Banner corporate conglomerate and please don't continue to rely upon the
phantom, who is a second vacation homeowner here, to write or edit the editorial
or establish editorial positions for the editorial.

It is so evident.

Why isn't there an editorial board representative of the community advising you,
editor, like a real newspaper?

Let's give the second search process a chance and then you can throw rotten
tomatoes on the chosen one if you aren't satisfied.

You all have left for sunny climates years ago and established residences there,
sold your business, you're  collecting your pensions and generous benefits along
the way, please leave the now important business of Provincetown to the people
who reside in Provincetown year-round.

Provincetown does not need outside influences telling us who will be our next
town manager. Apply your talents and expertise to your new residences of record.

We know how to make sunshine in Provincetown. We don't need your help.
11:36 pm edt 

Re: Candace! The Sequel! Ala Jen Cabral

"Has anyone been reading the Voice page? Jen posing about the police
station should be titled "Candace! The Sequel!" For someone not on the building
committee and only on a failed town manager search committee, she certainly has
a lot to say. No Jen, the town does not want a hugely expensive police station.
I think some money to keep the old one good enough is all we need now. Let's
wait until we hire a new police chief and get his or her assessment about what
we need, not some random hanger-on, ok?"


I'm not sure that some oginal thinking could renovate the police station we now
have, but if others differ and want to say voumes about their opinions, that is
fine with me.  Why do you care what a specific individual has to say.  Thiank
about the ideas and not the deliverer of the idea.  If the same things were said
by anyone else, would you write a single word?  Why does it matter what
committees she was on?  She can have an opinion.  Of course you don't have to
agree with the opinion, and you have every right to do so.  But, bringing names
and personalities into it sounds like Rush Limbaugh stuff.  It seems that the
message doesn't matter to some, simply who said it. If Candy or Jen were to come
up with the most brilliant idea ever, you would dismiss it because of who
thought it up.
11:26 pm edt 

Banner Editorial Out of Line

The case has been decided. It is tiring to find that gender and sexual
preference become the overriding issue in selecting a town manager. sorry,
Sharon Lynn is gone and Michelle J is found second rate. Her gender and sexual
preference should not override her failed qualities as a leader.
11:21 pm edt 

Re: Let's Examine the Facts and Get Real

"As I understand it, the BOS is the Executive part of the town
government and the Finance Committee is part of the legislature. They have the
"power of the purse". That's the check and balance.

The Finance Committee represents the citizens on budget issues when they have
hearings and vote. So the executive can make all the "decisions" and directives
they want, but if the Finance Committee doesn't think it's in the voters
interest, they say so. I don't find anything wrong with that.

I also don't find anything wrong with the notion of the Committee bringing
warrants to town meeting (in fact, they're charged to) or not recommending
things that they
think will affect townspeople aversely in a financial sense. So what the heck
are you complaining about?

Evidently you didn't stay awake in Civics and can't read the State's opinion
posted on the top of this page. Again, what has the Finance Committee done
lately that's controversial or didn't get voted for at Town Meeting? Answer?
NOTHING.

Why I remember the outcry over Article 30 that Mike C had done that passed
overwhelmingly at the ballot (you remember the 3.5M police station that was the
ONLY vote ever actually taken on it). So exactly what has that committee
ever backed that was not the pulse of the voters?"


Ok now the real civic lesson based on law not whim or opinion.

1) The Town Meeting is THE legislative branch of town government.  There are no
other components and never were.  The law is unambiguous.

2) The FinCom is an ADVISORY board that is charged with very specific duties,
according to the Charter and laws.  It conducts research in a variety of ways
only to make recommendations to the town meeting on articles that have a
financial impact on the town.  It manages the Reserve Fund, which is a small
amount of money used to augment budgets for unforeseen occurrences. It works
with the BOS to adjust budgets at year end to meet the town's needs.  That is
it.
There is nothing in law or the charter that gives the FinCom the authority for
anything else other than the above.  It has no subpoena power.  It cannot
overrule the BOS.  They do not in any way have "THE POWER OF THE PURSE".  They
are not part of a check and balance. They cannot make laws.  They cannot make
the budget.  They do not represent the public on anything.  They advise town
meeting.

Of course, the individual members of he FinCom, acting as individual members,
have as much right to criticize the BOS or others when they disagree with
policy.  However, there is nothing in law or the charter that give the FinCom,
as a board, any standing at all.

The By-laws give the right to ALL boards to bring articles to town meeting.  The
FinCom is included in that. Don't confuse ARTICLE with WARRANT.  Only the BOS
can bring the WARRANT to the town meeting.  The Warrant consists of a number of
Articles.

There are two items at the top of the page that deal with the FinCom.  One is an
opinion written at the DOR that discusses FinCom in general and very
specifically states that it is not law and that local law governs the authority
and duties of the FinCom.  The other item is the Handbook of the state
association of FinComs.  It is not law and also is not specific to any town and
states that local law is applicable.

All of the above is not taught in ANY civics class.  What is taught is that laws
apply not opinions to bolster incorrect assumptions.  If you truly want to
understand the very useful role of the FinCom, read the state law.  Read the
Charter.  Read the By-laws.  All three sources will plainly show you the way
that our town government functions. So, if you read and comprehend the above,
you will be able to put aside your incorrect "understanding".
11:18 pm edt 

Re: Combine Assistant Town Manager with Town Planner Position

Someone came up with a good idea that should have been implemented
before. The Asst. T. Mgr.was a Town Planner,so when a new T Mgr. is hired,the
current acting T. Mgr. can go back to his Asst. T. Mgr. place with Town planner
added! take some funds from the salary of the the recently hired Town Planner
(which was never needed), & increase David's salary to cover his position to do
both! That leaves the new Town Planner to be eliminated or to be moved to do
other duties, ie; secretary to another Dept if it's needed! You have the liberty
to change personnel positions that are Non-Union rather than eliminate the
single planners position, or it could be eliminated, Jobs are downsized all the
time! This is a better idea than to eliminate the Asst. T. Mgrs. position,since
he is a qualified Planner also!
11:12 pm edt 

Article 5 Purchase of the Hall Beach Property

1.7 million, and we don't get to continue hearing the Parking Lot Lady
tell tourists all day long who step on her property that they're
trespassing...totally worth it!
8:30 pm edt 

Re: Beaux Arts Ball

The only wet noodle here is the one who noodled their way out of
putting on the Halloween Ball.  Would you work with him to produce an event here
in Provincetown in the future?
8:12 pm edt 

Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz

Michelle J. is a personable and well-liked town employee.  She shows
up at meetings, she keeps track of things, and ... that's about it.  In ten
years as the Community Housing Specialist, it's virtually impossible to identify
a single idea, plan, concept to expand the supply of affordable housing that has
come from her.  All the affordable housing that we have has been created by
developers such as Community Builders and Ted Malone.  Michelle has been an
informed cheerleader.  That is not leadership and that is not, as the Banner
referred to it, as a 'splendid' job.  That's showing up for work in the morning. 
The Town Manager should have ideas, the Town Manager should have a vision. 
Michelle has demonstrated neither.  Nor has she shown executive ability.  She's
familiar.  I have no idea why there is such a groundswell for someone who has
not succeeded in her current position.
8:09 pm edt 

Police Station / VFW Bldg

I am only speaking on behalf of myself and not for others. It's sad how the
police station debate has gone to the extreme it has. The current police station
has been occupied for at least the last 28-29 years. Does anyone realize the
wear and tear it has gotten due to it being a building that's in use 24/7 (for
all those years) ???

Also, you can do all the repairs you want now to the existing facilty but I
promise you, down the road, you are still going to need a new facility. You will
make x-amount of repairs now, 2 or 5 years later more repairs only to be back
here having the same discussion.

Since property for a new existing building is almost impossible, it's sad the
only properrty for such has been up for such a major debate. Keep the idea of
making the VFW the police station to be and forget the idea someone has about
building affordable housing behind it. Why ? Because if the Police need to
expand, they will have the space to do so. Makes sense to me. Or we can sit here
and say 20 years from now, let's build another one.

Remember, the current facility was an existing buisness before the Police moved
in. It was not new, so it should not be a surprised the building itself has
multiple issues. Some changes were made when the Police moved in to accomdate
the then current dept, etc, and even that was kept to a minium. We are probably
the only dept that has moved into what was once a funeral home.

Roger Green
8:08 pm edt 

There But For the Grace of...............................

"If you want to afford housing go to a town that you can afford to
live in. Work and study real hard. Then move to a town you can now afford with
all of the money you make. This really is not as hard as it looks. 75% of the
property owners here have done just that. It all boils down to two small but
very important words TRY and DO.  Not GIVE ME or PAY for ME. The world does not
owe you anything. YOU have to EARN it."


Nice understanding attitude. I was able to get a good education, make a good
living and retire to this beautiful place.  Why?  Because I was lucky enough to
be born into a family that wanted to, and could afford to, educate me.  I was
blessed with pretty good health and a decent brain.  I didn't work for the
family I got. I didn't work for the brain that I have.  AND NEITHER DID YOU. 
PURE LUCK.  SO don't give or anyone else the crap about it is all hard work and
a superior sense of dedication that is all you need to succeed.  If I was not
blessed with the ability to learn and didn't have the health to be able to work
and I didn't come from a nurturing family, where would I be?
8:05 pm edt 

Emotional Support Animals Are Not Service Animals

The following are crucially important facts regarding people who are
fraudulently getting away with taking their pets where animals are forbidden

1.Contrary to what many business managers think, having an emotional-support
card merely means that one's pet is registered in a database of animals whose
owners have paid anywhere from seventy to two hundred dollars to one of several
organizations, none of which are recognized by the government.

2. Even with an emotional-support card, NO ONE is entitled to bring their pet
into a hotel, store, taxi, train, or park. (Through a site called ESA
Registration of America, one can find a clinical social worker in California
who, for a cost of a hundred and forty dollars, will evaluate you over the phone
regarding your need for an Emotional support animal and write you a letter to
present to people.) ( By the way, I feel that EVERY pet is an emotional support
animal)

3. The Americans with Disabilities Act allows YOU to ask someone with a SERVICE
animal ONLY TWO Questions. These are the questions: 1. Is the animal required
because of a disability? 2. What WORK OR TASK has the animal been trained to
perform? Specific questions about a person's disability are off limits. (From
now on we will be within the law to ban emotional support animals such as the
one the people brought that got lose and took all of us to keep from running
into the street last summer.)

I intend to follow the law in enforcing this rule. I would want to see a motel
or guest house become flea infested do to someone's pet.
8:02 pm edt 

Zoning Board Agenda for November 6

One of the agenda items has no mention of the waterfront property section. When
I had work done on my property that made sure all sections were noticed out. Was
this an oversight or do not all bylaws apply now.
12:02 am edt 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Candace! The Sequel! Ala Jen Cabral

Has anyone been reading the Voice page? Jen posing about the police station
should be titled "Candace! The Sequel!" For someone not on the building
committee and only on a failed town manager search committee, she certainly has
a lot to say. No Jen, the town does not want a hugely expensive police station.
I think some money to keep the old one good enough is all we need now. Let's
wait until we hire a new police chief and get his or her assessment about what
we need, not some random hanger-on, ok?
10:31 pm edt 

Re: Let's Examine the Facts and Get Real

"We need a BOS that is capable of doing its job.  We need a FinCom that
understands its limited role in town government and allows other boards and
people to work for the betterment of all without interference. There is no need
for Strength in the FinCom."



As I understand it, the BOS is the Executive part of the town government and the
Finance Committee is part of the legislature. They have the "power of the
purse". That's the check and balance.

The Finance Committee represents the citizens on budget issues when they have
hearings and vote. So the executive can make all the "decisions" and directives they
want, but if the Finance Committee doesn't think it's in the voters interest, they say so.
I don't find anything wrong with that.

I also don't find anything wrong with the notion of the Committee bringing warrants
to town meeting (in fact, they're charged to) or not recommending things that they
think will affect townspeople aversely in a financial sense. So what the heck are you
complaining about?

Evidently you didn't stay awake in Civics and can't read the State's opinion posted on
the top of this page. Again, what has the Finance Committee done lately that's
controversial or didn't get voted for at Town Meeting? Answer? NOTHING.

Why I remember the outcry over Article 30 that Mike C had done that
passed overwhelmingly at the ballot (you remember the 3.5M police station that
was the ONLY vote ever actually taken on it). So exactly what has that committee
ever backed that was not the pulse of the voters?
10:29 pm edt 

Stupid Jar

Sorry but if there is a Stupid Jar

there are too many who will fill this--even though they believe they are the
brightest, the smartest, the leaders of the pack.

sorry guys but you better take hundreds of dollars and stick them deep in the
stupid jar. You are not immune. You are--surprising to you--the perpetuators of
stupidity.
10:24 pm edt 

Warrant Article 10 Lighting

The Lighting changes for zoning are simply Bizarre and Worse

Now we will have the police--bring back Jaran--enforcing your 75 watt bulbs and
if it isn't 75 and is 100--you will be fined!!

Are they simply out of touch? Are they taken with their new-found power?

This is plain and simple: crazy and megomeniacal!

It is over the top. this we do not need. Not now and never.
8:46 pm edt 

Ball Cancellation

To one of the posters the play is SIDESHOW not SLIDESHOW, there are many club
owners in town who have already planned parties well in advance and have done so
for decades so move on. The Club owners know what they are doing!
8:34 pm edt 

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