The fact of the matter is that they have decided to ignore the will of the public.
We, as the voters, have no choice left but to deliver our verdict.
First, and foremost, we have no choice but to elect Ray Page, Scott Lazo and Christopher Olivo.
The remaining two candidates, LeAnn Pate and Bent Abrahamson, simply have no place on the committee.
LeAnn is, more than anything else, an advocate for special ed. While I realize that this is an important issue, the reality is that 20% to 25% of school spending nationwide is devoted to this issue. We need people who will focus on the needs of the core constituency of the district.
As for Bent Abrahamson, we have been there, done that and moved past it. And that amounts to just about any position you want to take. The fact of the matter is that we have here an individual who has taken every position on every issue. A vote for him boils down to a vote not to decide.
So let’s turn to the Town Council race,
We have six candidates running for town council. We have three open seats. The candidates are
Albert Vecchia, Jr.
James Marino and John Pulawski need to be dismissed immediately.
I’ve dealt with Marino before. The first and foremost reason for dismissing him as a candidate is that he has confessed to violating his oath of office.
COUNCIL OF THE WHOLE MEETING, MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006
AGENDA ITEM #18. COUNCILORS' FORUM
Councilor Marino read a statement regarding the newspaper articles in the prior week, regarding leaking of confidential information to the newspaper. Councilor Marino stated he was the one who did it. He stated he did this to bring more of this into the public eye, as everything discussed had already been well publicized. He stated also he wanted to lift the lingering shadow over the Town Council. He stated it wasn't his intention to drag this through the mud anymore, and he wanted to put an end to it.
Second, of course, is his support of the current referendum to return Southbridge to a town meeting form of government.
John Pulawski is also supportive of that motion. So let’s stop there. There’s no reason to support people who want to undermine the current form of town government.
Finally, there’s Albert Vecchia, Jr. I guess all that I have to say about him is to point out that he is a wacko. Just look at the report of the State Police on the leak of Executive Session materials the last time he was on the council. I hope that you don’t need more.
That leaves Estrada, Steeves and Zotos. I’ll deal with them in future issues of the O’Zone.