Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Long Overdue



Nobody who brings about change is immune to criticism.

The more change that they are responsible for, the more that they are criticized.

In Southbridge the biggest target for such criticism, for a sustained period of years, is without a doubt Scott Lazo.

Often overlooked is what he has accomplished.

Scott was the driving force behind Southbridge’s acquisition of the water company. To this day it constitutes Southbridge’s most valuable financial, economic and strategic asset. 

Scott was a leading advocate for the construction of a new school when many considered it a pipe dream.

For almost two decades he has devoted himself to the youth of the community in sports programs.

Scott and his family have been in the forefront of contributing time, money and resources to town projects, rarely garnering the credit they deserved for these efforts, even when it was to their financial disadvantage.

Scott, along with his father and brothers are compassionate giving people who have helped many in need without it ever becoming public knowledge.

Is he more than a little rough around the edges? Absolutely.

Is he too quick to anger? Yes.

Is his loyalty sometimes misguided? Perhaps.

Are there times when I would have advised him to shut the hell up? Decidedly.

But when you add up all that Scott Lazo has contributed to this town compared to the slings and arrows he has had to endure from those who have sought to build themselves up solely on the basis of tearing him and his family down, you have someone who’s love and devotion for and to his community are unquestionable.

I am long overdue in speaking out in this way.

For that, Scott, I apologize.

31 comments:

  1. Scott is a force of nature. I've seen how both he and Steve work outside of the public eye to make this town a better place. You can question some of their decisions but you can't deny their contributions.

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  2. Puh-leeeze.

    The bad guys ALWAYS hide behind their public good deeds. Are we really to believe that this town would be without a water department or new school if not for Mr. Lazo? That's actually funny. What about the incalculable damage to this community's reputation ever the last 20 years? But that's how bullies continue to reign for so long. They have the ability to charm and convince even the smartest among us they are taking action in our best interest. Recent history gives us plenty of examples of this. Bernie Madoff knew it. Jerry Sandusky knew it. Lazo knows it too. Cunning, yes. Worthy of our adoration, hell no.

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  3. This has to be the most disgusting post you have ever placed on this blog. Reality is, Scott is all about Scott. Winning is everything to him, be it in football or in politics. No matter what the cost, who he steps on (with his shod foot) or, how much it costs the taxpayers in this town to clean up his messes; Scott does what he wants.

    What a "Hallmark Moment" for you Ken. Hope you eat crow soon...

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  4. I have no problem with this revelation on your part, Ken. Southbridge has factions when it comes to politics, and you have chosen a side. You have been a supporter ever since you backed him for state rep. years ago. I am sure you don't agree totally, but that is your right.

    However, as long as you are engaging in this moment of candor, how about telling your readers whether or not Scott Lazo supplied you with the exit letter from Sharon Goulet.

    ENquiring minds want to know.

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    1. I can state with absolute candor that Scott did not provide me with the letter.

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    2. Thanks, Ken. I'm sure the report of the special investigator will bear that out. You will surely be asked. Bloggers do not have the immunity accorded the regular press as I am sure you are aware.

      The entire community is now interested in the truth in this whole matter, which, after all, we should all be seeking.

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    3. In addition, I regret you have chosen to characterize my statement as having taken sides.
      While I publish these anonymous comments, I accord them little credence.
      Whether they are attacking you, or Lazo, or me or others, at least the aforementioned put their names behind their statements.
      I am sickened by the demonization of people simply because they do not conform to one’s norms of belief or behavior. It is a form of dehumanization that contributes to increasing dysfunctionality in our community.
      Having an opinion is one thing. Hiding behind a veil of anonymity is a sign of cowardice.

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    4. I think I just vomitedOctober 31, 2012 at 7:06 AM

      Come on Brent, Scott would never be the one to hand over the letter personally. He had someone else do it for him. Just because he didn't physically leave it in Ken's mailbox doesn't mean he didn't supply it to someone else to do the deed for him.

      The real question should be...who's name appeared but was blocked out in the salutation?

      BTW...there's a letter to the editor in today's T&G from USA Football that might be of interest. Everyone else seems to be on to Mr. Lazo - could it be the fumes from the water treatment plant (I'm guessing for which we should all owe eternal gratitude -if not our firstborns -to Mr. Lazo as well) that cloud judgement in Southbridge?

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    5. Yeah Ken...who's name was on the letter before you posted it?

      I believe Brent said in one of his postings that he observed Scott giving Gus Stevens a copy of it, right out of the gate, after the last school committee meeting. He obviously didn't care that the letter was specifically addressed to him.

      And yes, today's article in the T&G was interesting:

      Scott Hallenbeck, Executive Director USA Football, Indianapolis Ind. said:
      "Regarding the story (T&G, Oct. 23) youth coaches Scott Lazo and Erik Iller attended USA Football coaching schools-Mr. Lazo in 2008 and Mr. Iller this past summer. However, contrary to what this article reports, neither took USA Football's coaching certificate course.
      I commend Pop Warner for taking action following this deplorable incident."

      I guess my point is, Scott should step down from School Committee for leaking a confidential document AND he should be banned from Pop Warner Football for life.

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    6. How do you know that the name wasn't blanked out when I got it?

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    7. As I said before, "He obviously didn't care that the letter was specifically addressed to him."
      And; knowing you, you shook your head at how stupid he was to leave his name there then, whited it out so that it wouldn't come back to bite you...

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    8. A lot of assumptions and unfounded accusations there. Surely you must have something more substantial to base your allegations upon.

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    9. I will stick with my assumptions but "unfounded accusations"...no way

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    10. For the record, yes, the letter I received was addressed to Mr. Lazo.
      At the time I received it I was unaware that he had given copies to people at the school committee meeting.
      I blanked out his name to protect the name of the source that provided it to me, not Mr. Lazo.
      Not knowing that it had been given to others I had to assume that only my source had it.
      I also blanked out Ms. Goulet’s phone number.
      I am sure that there are those who will make assumptions that I am somehow complicit in attempting to protect Mr. Lazo.
      What I do know is that I told only one person that I had blanked out his name.

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    11. Yet you said previously: "How do you know that the name wasn't blanked out when I got it?" What's tangled web, you weave, when YOU practice to deceive. Caught lying with your pants down. You sound worried, tossing Lazo under the bus. How do you know the person wasn't bluffing, saying others got it?

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    12. Thank you Ken. I appreciate your candor. You could have kept it to yourself but your integrity shines through.
      Thank you again!

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  5. "Often overlooked is what he has accomplished.

    Scott was the driving force behind Southbridge’s acquisition of the water company. To this day it constitutes Southbridge’s most valuable financial, economic and strategic asset.

    Scott was a leading advocate for the construction of a new school when many considered it a pipe dream.

    For almost two decades he has devoted himself to the youth of the community in sports programs.

    Scott and his family have been in the forefront of contributing time, money and resources to town projects, rarely garnering the credit they deserved for these efforts, even when it was to their financial disadvantage."

    No, not taking sides at all. There is nothing wrong with taking sides; everyone does. The veil of anonymity is extended by your hand.

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    1. It was an anonymous comment that led me to, and resulted in, the publication of the Jacobson report.
      Would you rather that had never come out?

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    2. Pardon my previous posts, I thought this was a legitimate site due to the sound reasoning of this Brent guy. oops, didn't realize this site is biased. I wont be back

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  6. This site sucks. I'm gone too. Have your close minded circle jerk together.

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  7. This site tells you the truth and it drives you crazy.
    Go ahead, read the group think opinion in next weeks southbridge evening snooze. You keep electing morons who have only given there friends and relatives jobs while we lose business and jobs.
    They gave how much to the pump house in cbdg grants and then shut them down. Has Acly brought any jobs to town. Marino is right, the council has destryed our town. Nikolla ran on getting rid of Carlyle and then her nose up his ass and every town manager since. You idiots are either stupid, cowards or hoping that you can get a relative a job sucking off the few people left who actually pay taxes.

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  8. The only "truth" is that a bunch of disgruntled idiots without so much as one fresh idea bashes Nikolla on the one side and Lazo on the other, and thinks that this site tells the truth. It tells a lopsided version of gossip depending on what the proprietor thinks from day to day. What drives me nuts is listening to a bunch of non-intellectuals trying to act and sound smart. You neither act nor sound remotely smart. If all of you stood next to the dumbest person in town, you'd make that person appear to be a Mensa candidate. Your stupidity can be summed up as such: oh, yeah, this site is great, you're a moron, glad you're leaving...followed by a few grunts and then a banana being thrown into your gorilla cage. Idiots and dolts, the lot of you.

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    1. The truth is that Clark is already looking for somewhere else to go before the landfill money runs out.

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  9. "The truth is that Clark is already looking for somewhere else to go before the landfill money runs out." Wow, really? Hey, i don't like the guy either, but for all of your made up BS, the same BS by the way, over and over and over again, THAT'S the best you can do? You've been using that line for how many years now? With the landfill having roughly seven more years of life, conservatively, that means that he's looking for someplace else to go around, what, 2020? Wow, his supporters must we shaking in their shoes at that revelation. If you're going to make something up, go out on a limb and try to make something up that's at least clever. You're disorienting even the people that agree with your positions. Don't like Clark. I don't love the landfill. I don't like the current form of government. But all of your bitching and moaning and wishing while clicking your heels three times aint gonna make this Kansas, Dorothy.

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  10. you got that right anyone can run a town balance a budget on the lanfill,. water, and sewer enterprise funds and make himself look good and now he has a yes council hes all set. Southbridge just look at the boobs that you have running this council with the exception of vandal and mcdonald wake up southbridge you go a bunch of old whores running this town!

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  11. What happened to your two "new" friends of Vandal and McDonald? Don't tell me you already concede that you voted in two more for the other side? Darn. That must have crept up on you. The boobs you elected are--your boobs!

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    1. If you are characterizing the two new members of the council as "boobs" I did support them, and over 1,000 other people also voted for them.

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    2. Meaning what, exactly? Nikolla and Regis did the same. So, what the hells your point? They are lackeys of Clark like the others, no doubt the reason they got Nikolla/Regis numbers. You got PLAYED!

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    3. In the final analysis, while I contributed to Shawn's campaign I endorsed Peloquin, Lazo and Martinek.
      I believe that Peloquin has done a lot in trying to open up executive session minutes while she learns the ropes as any new councilor must. I still believe that we would be better off if Dennis Martinek and Steve Lazo had been elected.

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  12. Love Boomer Esiason for telling it like it isNovember 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Don'tknow how this turned from a SL tribute to a town manager bashing, but whatever.

    Here's a tribute to Mr. Lazo that is more fitting. It is from former NFL football quarterback, now CBS sports analyst Boomer Esiason: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/audio/1667-cbs-sports-minute/10-31-boomer-esiason-cbs-sports-minute-on-parent-coaches-gone-bad/



    Boomer hits the nail on the head. He even mentions Mr. Lazo by name, citing the infamous "This was a football game, not a Hallmark moment" quote.

    For those who cannot upload the file, Boomer ends with these words "God save us from such sick parents and coaches who pose as Jerry Sandusky style role models."

    Guess Boomer is not aware of the local rule which states that all of Scott's BS should be ingnored because he single handedly supplies water to the town of Southbridge. LOL

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