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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some Advice For Atkinson.

From the Plaistow Town Crier;

Thank you, Mr. Herrick

Some Advice For Atkinson.
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Posted by Dennis Herrick on November 19, 2008 at 09:29:06:

The whole Elderly Assistance Program should be run out of the Community Center by someone other than Consentino. But, your Selectmen are soo afraid of losing the support of the elderly and their chances of a lasting legacy, that they've started catering to Consentino again. All the recent charges are mere cosmetics. They're dancing to the Chief's tune again.

Start focusing on the Selectman's race coming up next year. Who's up for election this time? Is it Childs? Start looking for a neutral player to run against him. How about drafting Fire Chief Murphy? I know he doesn't want it. What sane person would? Make him take it for the good of the community. He could serve for just one term. That's all it should take to clean up the mess. The last thing you need is another Selectman that wants to remain in office forever, working on some imagined legacy.

And a little bit of encouragement for the Atkinson Reporter II. It's your blog, run it the way you see fit. Maybe all the complainers will band together and start their own blog. They can call it Speak-Out-Atkinson. I'm sure Curt Springer would lend a hand. So lonely blog master, if you feel you've been demonized lately, then become the demon. If you think the government is acting like the "parents from hell", then you have a responsibility to act like the "kids from hell". You can do nothing less.

And remember this. If you were back in the 1700s and posted a story about the Boston Tea Party, these complainers would probably say, protests like these are just childish, divisive, nonsense. So keep up the good work.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Herrick - Thanks for the support and publicity you have offered on the Plaistow Crier, I appreciate it...and I agree, the Atkinson BOS are afraid of PC and aren't fulfilling their responsibility to the residents. They are catering to him as usual.

I don't know of anyone who would step up and run in March, or who could garner enough support to do it other than Valerie Tobin. She did very well last year and would probably win if she found it in her heart to run in '09.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Herrick,

Critics (like myself) of this blog have critiqued it not because the blog owner was giving local officials hell; indeed, that's what is RIGHT about this blog.

I criticize this blog because it goes off on right-wing tangents on national issues that DISTRACT away from the issues we have to work on locally.

So, if the local blog owner here believes that the work we do locally is so unimportant, and that the people that support this blog are so numerous, then they can just come out and say it.

As far as your supporting him is nice, but I'm sad you can't realize that the "critics'" efforts are aimed at making it a stronger force locally for change, not for slamming them as a person. The fact this blog owner can't get past their own selfish political needs for the sake of the community is a shame, but I guess that's a bit to much for you to understand.

Curt Springer said...

I'd be happy to advise or assist anybody involved with a local community web site, including this one. As I mentioned in another thread, I think a bulletin board format would reduce concerns about off-topic postings.

I would also like to applaud the proprietor of this blog for not censoring people, including critics.