Monday, June 25, 2012

Southbridge Councilor McDonald Speaks Out


As regular readers of The O’Zone know, we have frequently featured remarks by Southbridge town councilor Laurent “Butch” McDonald.

Last night he posted a comment on his Facebook page speaking out about an affliction that he feels is suffered by many people we all know.

Sympathetic as we have always been to the councilor’s views and requests we are complying with his stated wish to give wide circulation to his opinions.

His statement as it appears on his Facebook page follows:






48 comments:

  1. What a doofus!!!!!

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  2. How would he be any different as chairman than Nikolla?

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    1. All in with ButchJune 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Councilor McDonald would definitely be better than Queen Cathy. He would follow the Charter, Roberts Rules and the council rules. He has always shown respect to speakers. Who cares if he recognizes stupidity when he sees it? After this year he’s an expert on stupidity.

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    2. Are you kidding? Have you ever had the experience of disagreeing with little Larry? Right away you are stupid and ignorant and he knows everything. His performance on the council is long winded and arrogant. He’s only polite to people because he wants to look good on TV. In private he’s a blow hard.

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    3. Cathy may not be the sharpest tool in the shed and she is more than rough around the edges with citizens BUT; Butch would be a horrible Chair. His head would get so big it would explode. His favorite song is,"I'm so great, I'm so grand, I'm the leader of my own brass band!"

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    4. I've disagreed with Butch on a number of issues but he's never held that against me. He can get very passionate about issues and will forcefully defend his position and this may be intimidating to some people. I've always appreciated his candor. Bottom line is he's a good public servent: He knows the law, he follows the rules and expects others to do the same. I can see why this would be intimidating to the current administration that has demonstrated it's willing to look the other way when the rules contradict its desires.

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  3. Hello Ken,
    The problem with Mr. McDonald is STUIPED knows STUIPED. I lost all respect of him after reading this post. The problem with him he is so smart he is stuiped.

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  4. In all fairness to Councillor McDonald; Heres a man who is well educated, has serverd his country. is involved with the veterans, chairs the southbridge democratic comittee, was chair of the charter review comittee (and may i say did a fine job),Has chaired council sub comittees, was the vice chair of the council. I think he's qualified to figure out who is stupid and who is not. It probably isnt politically correct to say it but its the truth! There are alot of stupid people in town just look at who they vote for on council cn,dc.ls.pr.dm.dl. now thats stupid. Wake up southbridge dont be stupid dump the incumbents on council show that your not stupid once and for all!

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    1. Can I get on Butch's payroll????

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  5. First of all who said he wanted to be the chair isnt this putting the cart before the horse? And wouldnt he need a majority vote think about this.... who's being stupid here!

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    1. Here comes the B*tch brigade. Let's see how often he and his friends and relatives can post anonymously.

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    2. Laureen McDonald BenvenutiJune 25, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      As Butch's sister and a life long resident it is appauling to me how much mud slinging all of a sudden is going on in this town. What happened to the good old fashion tradition of running for office and representing the people?? Instead, there are blogs such as this dedicated to soiling a persons reputation? My brother came back to this town, his home town after serving his country in the air force. He didnt have to come back here. He chose to. And he didnt have to run for office. He wanted to. Why? It is simple. To represent the people. Thats it. No agenda, and no mud slinging. Things on facebook? Anyone who has a facebook knows that it is a place to keep in touch with family and friends both near and far. Or even to share little anticdotes such as the one in question. He took you off his friends list, Mr. OBrien, for the obvious reason. He was simply sharing this picture with this remark with other family and friends which after all this proves you are no friend of his. And leave my family out of it. I dont know who are, well, because you didnt have the guts to sign your name, Mr/Ms Anonymous!! Next time stand by your statement and put your name to it. This is post number 1. And I am his sister Laureen. Should I spell it again for you Mr. Anonymous?? I am proud to call him brother. He represents the people in this town the best he can. And like my father, he will ALWAYS be on the side of the people.

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    3. I am glad to see that you are verifying that he did, indeed, post it.
      What did I do wrong in sharing it as widely as possible as he requested?

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    4. Laureen McDonald BenvenutiJune 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      I am going to answer you because you asked, first I want to say I am surprised you are involved in any of this because Butch has always spoken highly of you.What you did wrong, sir, is taking the post out of context and making it look like he wrote this and then you placed it on your blog. You see, the picture on facebook in question is a joke. A lot of my friends copied and posted it as a joke. To be funny. You, Mr. OBrien are doing it to ruin a man. A good man at that. I really dont need to tell you any of this. You know exactly what you are doing. And I say shame on you. As to those other comments made by other posts, he doesnt know everything, but he will do everything he can to get himself informed about anything he should know about. Butch is dedicated to this town and the people he represents and will do whatever it takes to find the right answer. "To do the greatest good for the greatest number." Isnt that what govenment is supposed to do? You can try to rip him up, but those of us who know him. Really know him, will stand tall and proud by his side.

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    5. Laureen,

      By posting a quote, you infer that you believe the quote is true. And a quote such as this, coming from an elected official, is wholly irresponsible because facebook is a public forum. That type of facebook behavior is usually what we see from teenagers. Is he a teenager? He shouldn't act like one.

      Furthermore, mudslinging is as ingrained in American society as anything else. If you don't remember mudslinging from the past, you weren't paying much attention.

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    6. iq, He didnt post a quote, it was a picture and although you say facebook is a public forum, it is in fact not. You have to be friends with people most of the time for them to view your posts, although I hear you can make your page private, where no one but friends can see it. Butch, like my self, has nothing to hide. Also, as far as seeing teenagers post it? Well, it was someone older than me that posted it the first time on my wall and I thought it was pretty funny. Wasnt aimed at anyone, just a comment. And the one thing Butch doesnt do is act like a teenager. That would be me.

      As for mudslinging? Your right, I wasnt paying attention. My dad never did either. It wasnt our thing. And still isnt. I love how everyone mentions names, execpt their own, when they sign their posts. To bad you can speak your mind but not let anyone know who you are.

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    7. Right. Facebook is private. Like this guy
      http://merrimack.patch.com/articles/former-town-councilor-i-hope-the-5-supremes-get-colon-cancer
      maybe Wiener’s weener pictures were private too.
      You’re a public figure, but you want to say that you deserve protection from what we warn 14 year olds not to do.
      Grow up.

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    8. Hey, mentally challenged: it wasn't an original piece of writing. It was not his words. Sounds like AV tailing. Or MEP! Surprised there hasn't been a lawsuit over this distortion as of yet. People like you are idiots!

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  6. On two occasions material has been posted on my FB page without my authorization-although Butch has ample experience to have made this post, I suspect it was posted by someone else without his authorization.
    ~John Pukawski

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    1. I have already predicted to a number of people privately that this would be a defense.
      I deeply regret that I did not take a screen shot of the page.
      When I posted this article Mr. McDonald's page said the article had already been up for 17 hours and it had four thumbs-up.
      Now we are entering into Nixon/Watergate territory.

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    2. As a footnote, Mr. McDonald has unfriended me on Facebook. Please tell me where I did not do exactly what his post asked?
      Am I now responsible for the reaction?

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    3. also in for ButchJune 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Actually, this is a picture has been shared by many people on Facebook. You're trying to characterize this as a statement made by Butch that he typed himself and that is totally false.

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    4. Until Butch admits to the faux par I believe sabotage has been done on the eve of the election for political purposes.

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    5. I now know who the perpetrators of this character assassination attempt are. It is the same two cowardly individuals who mounted the savage attack on my and Joe Marino’s ill-fated initiative petition. The pattern is the same (right “Watcher”?) and the players were recognized by careful analytical techniques. You did not cover your “tracks” well enough guys. Gotcha! I will announce my findings post election.

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    6. Now that's funny. You were previously accusing Butch as part of the conspiracy to destroy your petition. Get your fantasies straight.

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    7. Hi Jim,

      I just love your logic!! I know you are right about a consiracy abrewing right here in Southbridge, because when I went to vote I saw Boris and Natasha looking at people through a spyglass, and Rocky and Bullwinkle were out front taking these sort of surreptitious photos with their shoe-cameras. I smell a rat also!!!!

      I can't wait until you post your findings about this vast conspiracy, that although I cannot quite identify, I strongly suspect is widespread, and involves several (or more) public figures in our fair town!!!

      Ever onward, and looking forward to your testimony!!!

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  7. I am a facebook friend of Butch McDonald. Butch McDonald DID NOT make this statement. This is a picture commonly found on facebook that people send to each other and request that you "Share IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS BEFORE" It is unfair for Mr. O'Briean to characterize this as a statement, Butch McDonald made no such statement.

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    1. If Mr. McDonald wants to maintain that his Facebook account was hacked, then let him go to Facebook and get proof.
      If they verify such a claim, I will publish it.
      Until then, given that the timeline that showed that this was posted for 17 hours and knowing the speed with which he responds to any negative comments,I will stand by what is currently available.

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    2. To your point, Ken, facebook is very aware of the location of your computer because of your IP address. If someone tries to log in from a distant location, they notify you of an attempted intrusion.

      If I post something to facebook, everyone who can see my page will know that it was posted with my account. Period. There's no way to hack that unless someone else has Laurent's password.

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  8. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he wrote it while in a stupor.

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  9. Funny how Mr McDonald cleaned out his facebook statement about STUIPED PEOPLE....Happy Fathers Day

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  10. Hello Ken,
    Better watch your back now, the whole clan is going to be after you. Butch thinks he is way smarter than anyone and talks down to everyone who doesn't agree with him. I knew his father very well and Butch is no way like his father and never will be. You should talk to the veteran agent Mr Mike about how he is he is worst than even Mr Sottile.

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  11. I have consistently supported councilor McDonald and his actions in the pages of this blog.
    Now, with this one innocuous post, I have become the target of a firestorm of vitriolic comments and accusations. And it has not been merely leveled at me. It has also been directed at friends and associates.
    One can only imagine the consequences if I had been as critical of the councilor as I have been of the current chair and vice chair.
    The level of the overreaction should more than speak for itself.

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  12. Ken stand tall. I have known Councilor McDonald for a long time. You are seeing his true colors. His ego gets in his way and he cant even see this. Its to bad. It is only a matter of time before he crumbles. This is only the beginning. He has few friends because of his personality, he has plenty of associates, that are not his friends. He has some great idea and until he gets this ego thing under control he will go no where. This happen in Dudley, Sudbury and it will continue. Too bad. As I said stand tall and continue with what you do. Thanks

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  13. Dear Butch,
    It's better to keep your mouth shut and give the impression you're stupid then to open it and remove all doubt.
    Yours Truly,
    Let the chips fall where they may

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  14. Wake up. This is payback for a 40 year old family vendetta.

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  15. Dear Ken,

    There are much more important things in life than this garbage. I don't think I will ever read this blog again.
    Get a life! Dawn Piche...

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  16. I'm a little confused as to why a facebook post is such a hot topic with all the other crap going on in this town? come on folks, we are ALL better than that. i'm still new to politics in this town, but i do know that butch should not be the councilor in everyone's crosshairs. let it go and let's all work together on making our town great

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  17. Being a public servant means that you are in the public eye. YOU put yourself there. Your actions will be scrutinized...just as you have scrutinized others. I think WATCHER said it well....the councilor is showing his true colors. If he would relay his message in a positive manner and if he could learn the art of compromise and if he could his ego on the back shelf - he would be effective. At this point he has dug a hole I don't think he can get out of. You can't ride your father's coat tails forever. Larry Sr. was a truly for the people - he listened. He was intelligent but didn't need to shove it down everyone's throat. He embraced all of the citizens of Southbridge. While Butch may be on the TC as his father was, he is certainly not the stateman his father was.

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  18. I ,like Dan, am cofused that a post from facebook that everyone should know is a joke has become a target for my brother. Yes, the clan has risen. First, I would like to say to the "Anonymous" Why won't you use you name? I trully am amazed at how many of you continue to tarnish my brothers name, over a joke, implicate other people. and use there first name, but refuse to sign your own. Butch is on the TC to try and make Southbridge a nice town to call home. He, like my father, loves his hometown of Southbridge. He has never ridden his fathers coattails. They both listen to the people of Southbridge,and try there best to represent them. I am proud to call Laurent E. my Dad, and Laurent R, 'Butch' my brother. Continue to represent the people of Southbridge, and hold your head high Butch. Sharon

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  19. Hey, old timer Butch was about 7 years old 40 years ago. What vendetta could a 7 year old possibly have against anyone? You people are so strange in your thinking.

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  20. Old Timer A 40 year old family vendetta?? Butch was 7 years old 40 years ago. What could he have possibly done to anyone that he deservse this kind of bad mouthing? Seriously.

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  21. I worked for the town when Ken beat Larry for state rpesentative. I heard the stories from other firemen about what happened after. I don’t want to say anything bad about a good man. But I think it is only right to say that an attack is being made on another good man because of an old grudge.

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  22. "Watcher"= Maryellen Hmmmmmmm...............

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  23. "watcher" = Vechia Hmmmmmmmm............

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  24. Disappointed and SaddennedJune 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Ken, I lost quite a bit of respect when you posted that private email to you from Mike Marketti. A move that killed the only free voice in that litter box liner we call the Southbridge Evening News. You can't possibly be proud of that.

    But this has just destroyed every last shred of respect I had left for you. In the middle of a critical election, with so many things hanging on the outcome, you go off on this personal character assassination masked as journalism. It was a non-issue, silly post with no bearing on the man nor his feeling toward the residents he represents. It's embarrassing. It didn't hurt Larry one bit. In fact, I think he learned a valuable lesson, which is to stop looking back to the past and the old guard (now irrelevant), and look to the new voices. Voices he once criticized as not knowing what they're doing. It also taught him who his friends are. Not because you criticized him - for what, I still don't know- but because these photos and Facebook posts were only visible to his friends. Some "friend" took it and used it here out of context to try to hurt him. Shameful. I hope Butch learns who and cleans house.

    Goodbye, Ken. I wish you peace. You'll find me over at Brent Abrahams' site.

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  25. Here’s the newest catch-phrase in Southbridge. When somebody overreacts to a minor criticism it’s being called “pulling a Butch”.

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  26. A Sampling of Stupid (Stoopid) Quotes by Famous Politicians:

    "Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, "Thank God, I'm still alive." But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again."
    - Barbara Boxer, Senator

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman."
    - Arnold Schwarzenegger

    "Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that."
    - Bill Clinton, former U.S. President

    "It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago"
    - Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice-President

    "It isn't pollution that is hurting the environment, it's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
    - Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice-President

    "We are not without accomplishment. We have managed to distribute poverty equally."
    - Nguyen Co Thatch, Vietnamese foreign minister

    "Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas."
    - Former Australian cabinet minister Keppel Enderbery

    Source Site: Buzzle.com (Intelligent Life on the Web)

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