Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What A State

Ken O’Brien

So now we get down to the remaining three running for town council.

Specifically, Miguel Estrada, Paul Zotos and Gus Steeves.

Frankly, I don’t know Miguel Estrada. Therefore I can’t say anything negative about him – but by the same token, I can’t say anything positive either. As far as I’m concerned, that leaves a net zero. That’s hardly a reason to vote for someone.

Paul Zotos has had some good ideas. However, he is far too consumed by minutiae and prior actions that simply are not relevant to the town. I like Paul, but I cannot endorse him for town council.

That leaves Gus Steeves. Gus is the strongest candidate for town council. However his ideas simply do not comport with the realities of the town. He may be the choice of the majority, but he is not mine.

So where does that leave us?


  1. Vote for none of the above.June 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Mr O'Brien asks, "Where does that leave us?"
    Well, this leaves us with a town meeting form of government. If this sextet does nothing else, it shows how indifferent people are about the council format. Give the people their power and see how they do.

  2. None of the AboveJune 3, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    It seems as though all of these candidates are either single issue or extremely polemic. No wonder the voters of Southbridge do not turn out for town wide elections. This is exactly why people are crying out for a change - any change. This goes for both the town council and the school committee. I urge voters to go to the polls even if they do not like any of the above. Write your name in for all the positions. I would say to write in "none of the above" but that will not get reported. By writing your name in all the ballots must be hand counted and reported. Send them the message that none of them represent your point of view. Don't worry some of the wacko's will get in.

  3. Dangerous ground Ken to set yourself up as the source to select a committee member. You say you do not know Mr.Estrada and based on this (and not his views or position on issues) you cancel him out. You find Paul's passion for the town troubling and that prior actions by the town are not relevant. Seriously Ken? Your town needs to understand the past to even begin to fix their future, an no one should know this better than you. Your town and my town (Spencer) suffer from the same disease Political Insanity. Doing the same things over and over yet expecting a different result. From my perspective it was never my job to endorse or make the calls on candidates since I was only one voter with hardly all the information. As to my personal choices, I could argue that all day long. But to speak for a town or pretend to speak for a town I think you are reaching and that is the last thing Southbridge needs.

  4. small d advocateJune 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Bob, Ken is a very smart man with a wealth of political knowledge, and voters pay attention to what he has to say.
    As I see it, Ken has made it abundantly clear that he does not believe that town meeting/selectman would be good for Southbridge. Yet almost concurrently he makes an even better point that this years ballot does not offer us choices that we can expect to improve this community.
    If he was secretly for town meetings I'd call him a genius, but the synergistic effect of his two strong points is that readers realize that of the two options before us regarding how our local government shall operate, we REALLY need to return to town meetings, and if/when the people decide to run this town themselves, Ken O'Brien will deserve as much credit as the good people that want to untie the tight knot of power consolidation by taking our Town government back from the dozen or people that mean well but have not excelled.

    1. I want to make it clear that I am opposed to the referendum question. If there is anybody who listens to me, by all means vote no.
      The preceding comment conflates two issues that are unrelated. There is no reason to believe that things would be any different under a town meeting/selectmen format.

    2. small d advocateJune 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      You can"t seriously state that there will not be any difference between Council & town meeting when you admit that there in not anyone worth voting for in the same year that we are losing three experienced multi-term Councilors, AND suggest that the next Council can govern the town as well as the collective abilities of evey citizen that cares enough to show up once a year at the annual town meeting, especially when what remains on tbe Council includes two Councilors that will rank #8 & #9 no matter who gets elected.
      Pardon the long sentences. Yes, you want our city form of government to continue, but you also don't want the first town meeting to let the alleged economic development department to be defunded at the first town meeting, and that will likely be one of the matters to consider instead of additional tax increases.
      If you and the folks supporting a Mayoral form of government collected 700 signatures, this was the year to do it.


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