Andover held public forum for Town Manager candidates in 2015

In 2015, when the Town of Andover was choosing a new Town Manager, the Andover Selectmen sponsored a public forum for the two finalists, which consisted of questions from the public as well as opening and closing statements.

Just say no

This is my concluding article on the Town Manager search.

Participating in town government can be extremely frustrating, but the one thing that has kept me going is the belief in the democratic process. It is very tough for a Conservative like me to live in a town governed and populated by Liberals, where viewpoints and philosophies similar to mine are few and far between. Luckily, on most issues, I can live with doing what the majority wants.

Foolish inconsistency

"A Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Consistency in thought and debate is not just good, it is great. But consistency that does not allow for exceptions is foolish, because sometimes exceptions must be made. So an exception cannot be routine or accepted without resistance, otherwise you would lose your consistency.

Let's say you believe in individual liberty and freedom, and this is one of your highest ideals. That is one philosophy, mostly believed and practiced by Conservatives.

$8,058 worth of virtue signaling

I will be speaking Monday night at Annual Town Meeting to defend the free speech rights of voters, and to stop Town Moderator Peter Ashton, backed up by some town leaders, from preventing the use of names during Town Meeting. Strange, but true. Hope to see you all there.

So I've been reviewing some of the resources available, including the Town Warrant online. And I found something a bit disturbing. Well, $8,058 worth of disturbing. Because that is how much the town spent to provide "limited translations" of the Town Warrant into Spanish, Portuguese, and "simplified" Chinese.

Acton should give up the fight to spend public funds on churches

(I am one of 13 Acton taxpayers, represented by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, objecting to CPA grants to an Acton church to preserve its stained glass windows and pay for a Master Plan for renovating its church and other properties. The taxpayers filed suit to prevent the CPA awards and won a significant preliminary victory at the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC).

NYT Report: Special prosecutor mulls charge of attempted homicide against Trump

The transcript of a secret meeting between former FBI Director James Comey and President Trump has just been released, according to the New York Times, which may lead to attempted homicide charges against the President. The Times obtained a transcript of the meeting from an anonymous source, the authenticity of which was confirmed by a second independent source. Both sources were former government employees for decades and are "above reproach," according to a Times investigative journalist story and accompanying editorial.

Acton's municipal 2017 salary list

Acton released the 2017 W-2 Town Salary list and it is available here:

The list shows 44 employees earning more than $100,000 per year. Top earner was Town Manager Steve Ledoux at $194k. This is about a $6,000 reduction from last year, which had two employees earning over $200,000 and 39 over $100,000.

The AB Regional School payroll list should be available shortly.

Is Chinese trade really free?

Trump's decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum was done to protect the national interest, in ensuring that America retained the core ability to manufacture high-quality raw materials used in defense and commerce. It's too bad that so many of our manufacturing sectors have been destroyed by "free trade" such that the industrial middle of the country has been hollowed out with ghost towns remaining.

Update on our citizens petition and a civics lesson for Peter Ashton

Thanks to all who contacted me about signing our Citizens Petition for a Town Meeting warrant article to protect our free speech rights under the First Amendment. Scott and I were able to quickly collect our 20 signatures at Roche Bros. and we turned them in and had them certified before 1 pm.

Our Chinese puzzle

Today's WSJ reports that Apple, one of our largest and most successful technology companies, is going to store their "keys" to the massive databases that contain all the data on Chinese citizens, in China. The article warned that this could make it vulnerable to seizure by the Chinese government. Apple was quoted as saying that they would only comply with lawful requests from the government for information on its citizens.

At what point do American values stop applying in foreign countries?