Candidates Forum

18Apr08

I am putting this here in hopes of providing an interactive forum for candidates, almost candidates, and what-me-run candidates. This site has received close to 4,000 views this week alone. It is doubtful any candidate can say that about his/her own site. This time around, it is of utmost importance that the voters have a chance to question the next person who wants to be mayor. Hopefully, they will receive real answers. (Let’s keep the cutting and pasting to a minimum. Just put a link to your site.)

Mr. Best already has a leg up. Perhaps someone can explain how to send one of these internets to Dom Costello. “You see, Dom, it’s like tubes….”.

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64 Responses to “Candidates Forum”

  1. 1 jonbest

    The Best for Stratford site will be updated on a regular basis.
    If you have a question feel free to ask it here. I will attempt to be as prompt with answers as I can. Thank you in advance.

    Jonathan Best

  2. 2 rocki4mayor

    While I do not have a website, I do have a blog (albeit one which I haven’t accessed in a while)… it can be found at http://rocki4mayor.wordpress.com.

    Feel free to ask me questions here too (or on my blog)… I like to think of myself as “the people’s candidate”!!! So fire away…

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Ok…this is not working out like I thought.

    Sudds: HUMAN candidates only. (Yes, it is discrimination, but this is Stratford you know.)

    Mr. Best: That’s one free posting of your URL. Each additional posting will cost you.

  4. 4 1george1

    Please see other posts for coming attractions, to this fold.

    FOLD?

    I awoke from a nap (post 60 minutes) to see Tea Pot Dome Cheney,
    (the Darth Vader of POLI-SCI FICTION) next to the POPE, prior to
    the POPE Jetting off to MONICO (or where-ever)

    (To me, my TV set was showing EXTREME CONTRASTS)

    (For 81, the POPE moves better than I do, and speaks 5 languages to my none)

    In a replay this morning, Cheney mention there are 60,000,000 Catholics
    in the POPE’S FOLD, in the USA. (Not exact quote)

    FOLD?
    FOLD?

    With the POPE meeting BUSH / CHENEY, he is a shining example of being
    willing to put his life at risk for trying to CONVERT PAGANS & WAR LORDS!

    (Going hunting with Cheney is like taking a ride with Ted Kennedy.)
    (Will BUSH invade the VATICAN? The SWISS GUARD has worse – older style –
    weapons than PANAMA, which PAPA invaded instead of COLUMBIA?)

  5. 5 jezebel282

    This is scary. It tells you that Mayor Moron is running again. It also makes you wonder why the Bard would dedicate this amount of bandwidth to adore Jim Miron. Maybe it was the price of admission for Tris?

    http://thestratfordbardblog.blogspot.com/

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Freedom,

    I’m thinking about the structure of a survey. Maybe even two pages. Issues and Qualifications. But being a little OCD, I am going to keep it in this section for candidates’ and voters’ response. Also, we’ll have to get someone to read one of these internets to Dom Costello. (“See, Dom, it’s like mailing a letter but you don’t need a stamp…” )

  7. 7 jezebel282

    Anyone,

    If anyone has access to the PACER database or CM/ECF it would be very interesting to find out what this is about:

    Burke v. Miron et al
    Plaintiff: Michael A. Burke
    Defendant: James Miron, John Buturla, Overby, Carolyn Mason, S’Koi Mason, Shamar Mason and Doe

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-ctdce/case_no-3:2008cv00641/case_id-81413/

    Not to mention:

    Ortiz et al v. Stratford et al
    Plaintiffs: John Ortiz, City Line Auto Collision LLC and City Line Auto Body LLC
    Defendants: Town of Stratford, James R. Miron, Joseph J. LoSchiavo, John Buturla, David Gugliotti and Mark DeLieto

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-ctdce/case_no-3:2007cv01144/case_id-78578/

  8. 8 1george1

    In the second one, (i did not open either) i believe john williams was the rep.
    Maybe this is the installment where he makes big money from the town for his
    firm’s efforts in my case vs. mossman.

    hint: i had to try to go pro se.

  9. 9 freedomofspeach

    Well I know why the legal bills are so high for the town, the Mayor seems to direct the Police Chief to arrest everyone without cause. Screw the constitution, I am the F *&^ing Mayor!

    Both cases have a lot of merit (according to their complaints) and if the cases are found for the Plaintiff then you’re going to need a mil increase to cover them.

    Both cases have to do with arrests where the judges and the prosecutors drop the charges. These should have never made it to the arrest stage, based on the evidence in the complaints, but for the defective arrest warrants. Ortiz would never have filed the suit, however Miron and Burturla wanted him to indemnify the town and their agents before they put him back on the tow list. Bad move for anyone other then the law firm working for the town.

    I don’t think it’s the majority of the officers per se, but there appears to be some bad ones and horrific leadership. I really expected more from the Chief.

    People sue towns and cities all the time using false accusations, and most of the time I can see it clearly, but these cases seem to have a lot of merit.

    Jez, I am not sure if you can or wish to publish (although public recorded) the complaints. Let me know your thoughts.

  10. 10 jezebel282

    Freedom,

    Thank you. The violation of one’s civil rights in a Federal Court seems to me a significant event. And not once, but twice. If possible I would like to at least publish the complaints. I believe citizens should know what their mayor and police chief do.

    “however Miron and Burturla wanted him to indemnify the town and their agents before they put him back on the tow list.”

    Did the Town at least give Ortiz his $5,000 back? My understanding is that before you are allowed to “officially” tow cars for the Town, you have to plunk down $5K.

  11. 11 1george1

    Hey Freedom,

    I was arrested the day after a Town Council Public Forum, when Burturla
    was newly appointed Town Attorney, when Debbie Rose, switched parties.

    No Warrant.
    No Witnesses came forward in the Criminal case of disorderly conduct, with
    about 100 people present and 3 newpaper reporters filing stories about a
    very raucuus Political Meeting, with NO MENTION of me & Mossman.
    No Arrest on the spot
    No B & W pursuit
    No arrest on my return, reported that thurs in the police blotter, defaming me.

    Police Chief Mossman was
    > The complaintant
    > The sole witness, although he noted others, who never testified to support
    his charge.
    > The commanding officer
    > The head of Promotions

    Mossman was the arresting officer, although he sent LoSchiavo, Evans, & Capossi.
    >> DeLieto took my call and taped my complaint vs. Mossman.
    >> I filed 7 Citizens complaints vs. Mossman

    Mossman was the author & final abitor of the Police:
    > Citizen’s Complaints
    > Regulations
    > Ethics

    The case was nolle in State Court, after I made “12 appearances.”
    > Judge Burton Kaplan, protected my Constitutional rights and although he
    didn’t discipline the State’s Attorney’s, and he obviously knew what was going
    on and he pushed me into hiring SCUM BAG JOHN WILLIAMS, it could have been
    worse. Same as Capt Andy Knapp having my complaints go to Burturla/Barnfart
    past Mossman.

    The rigged jury civil trial was in Hartford, not Bridgeport or New Haven, where
    I could have had WITNESSES and had requested a VIDEO CAMERA & TAPING.

    SCUMBAG Williams refused to enter NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS into EVIDENCE at my
    request to get NEWS PAPER REPORTERS to TESTIFY why they witnessed Mossman
    and I briefly DISAGREE, yet NEVER found it NEWSWORTHY to REPORT.

    > As a CIVIL COMPLAINTANT, my obligation was to PREPONDERANTLY PROVE:
    1. COLOR of the LAW – ABUSE
    2. MALICIOUS INTENT
    3. VIOLATION of the LAW, was never MET.
    4. CONSTITUTION / CRIMINAL / CIVIL RIGHTS were VIOLATED.

    Tough to do when SCUMBAG JOHN WILLIAMS appoints a new Lawyer to his firm,
    whose name was not even on LETTER HEAD, whose uncle Graduated 1 year ahead
    of Berchem and whose uncle was BRIDGEPORT CITY ATTORNEY when I was being
    Harassed in the Southport CT Federal / politically managed USPS, ABOUT the same
    time Burturla was the Town Council chairman, and elected 1987 – 1989, two years
    after his dad retired, and almost EVERY ONE of the HIGHEST PENSIONERS worked
    with / for / at the Time Joe Burturla was Police Captain, during the GRASS / MEAT
    EATER DAYS of the KNAPP COMMISSION / Serpico > Frank Church Committee on
    FBI & CIA domestic abuses T R A I T O R O U S – C R I M I N A L – SCUM

  12. 12 1george1

    Oh, the Arrest was Dec 1998, 50 days after I levelled the Marriott Luncheon
    with pointed questions to Kinnelly & Rowland.

    Rowland was tipped off about me going there by U. S. Attorney Robert “Bob”
    Appleton, that I would be there, who I told the week before and who had
    (I believe) arranged for a STATE / LOCAL POLICE & DEA raid at my local hang
    out with a warranted arrest of a KNOWN Police Informant, the day before the
    Luncheon. They blew up their own operation, where the informant tried to
    get me (and others) to BUY his DRUGS or USE his strippers. And he was blattant.
    (I do not drink, not smoke, not use drugs, and been years since seen strippers.)

    In my CIVIL TRIAL in SEPT 2004
    I was DENIED WITNESSES.
    I had a TABLE FULL of EVIDENCE I had READY for FOUNDATION
    > SCUM BAG’S proxy used NONE.
    > SCUM BAG’S proxy unse NONE of my information for IMPEACHMENT

    The Defense Witnesses
    > LoSchiavo = now deputy police chief
    > Barnfart = hired by Fairfield for Economic Development. The town who
    harrassed my dad, myself, and USA Workers including VETERANS.

    Uncalled
    > Dick Miron – ex Town Dem Chair
    > Tony Schirillo – Town Dem Chair

    My Lawyer > Joe Merly, nephew of Larry Merly
    Burturla / Berchem Surrogate, who are from around here > Warren Holcolm,
    who likely knows the Merlys, but is not from around here originally.

    Federal Judge: Robert Chatigny APRIL 1995 was when I first contacted POLICE CHIEF Mossman.

    Did MOSSMAN & DRONEY cover up F.B.I. / D.C. Murders of LOCAL FEDERAL
    EMPLOYEES and there family members?
    Were Chatigney, Berchem/Burturla/Holcolm, Merleys, Williams / Pattis & all
    of the U. S. ATTORNEYS / STATE’S ATTORNEYS accessories after / to the facts
    to MURDER.

    All boils dow to proving MURDER was committed.
    Yet is the POLICE / FBI are the MURDERERS….

    The VERDICT on the CIVIL TRIAL was entered SEPT 23, 2004
    My uncle/godfather/best friend died SEPT 23, 1997.
    Exactly 7 years to the DAY, difference.

    In December 1984, I was being unmercifully harassed.
    I saw this years before in what happened to my dad.
    Back then, I could NOT identify with him or the harassment.
    Clever words smiths coined these environs into the LEXICON as ‘GOING POSTAL.”

    I swore on my FATHER’S HONOR, as a WW II Combat Veterant to NOT HARM
    any AMERICANS, but I placed an IRREVERISBLE (except by me) CURSE on the
    ETERNAL DAMNATION of the SOULS of every PARTICIPANT.

    The only person, I have removed fromthe ETERNAL Damnation was Father Kopka,
    who confessed (circumventially) about his ROLE on the ETHICS COMMISSION to
    protect POLITICAL PATRONS, as I had made it known that some of his parishioners
    had people behind the IRON CURTAIN in mortal danger and others in the USA who
    lacked GREEN CARDS. He was (like me) trying to protect lives & livelihoods.

    A friend told me about the Sunday Post story by Rich Weizel about a ST JAMES
    catholic school teacher, causing her students to identify with Ann Frank.
    I could only read part of the story.

    Because, here in the USA, like Ann Frank, some of my family & friends have been
    murdered, with NAZI like STATE SPONSORED highly CALCULATED IMPUNITY.
    And like Ann Frank, I was Terrorized and lived in virtual seculizion, where the
    POLICE & POLITICIANS would spy on my social places and try to manipulate me,
    so it was a bit similar to her abbreviated LIFE of limited access to freedom.

    Some people love the BOOK of JOB. Others recreate it with human scapegoats,
    as a means to manipulate others and to make themselves feel superior, much like
    those CRUEL COWARDS of NAZI-LAND

  13. 13 1george1

    Oh,

    50 Days before my arrest, I handed Barb Kinnelly’s nephew Bushrod, a pack
    of things about the USA Political corruption, at her request after I stunned
    her as the only questioner on Oct 24, 1998.

    If Barb Kinnelly is alive, I pray she lives a long life and then when she dies,
    that she joins her father, brother, and the party bosses of both parties,
    and their proxies, in HELL for all eternity, if I am correct in my beliefs about
    the seduction of the USA political justice system, into a morass of moral decay, ethical emptiness, and political injustice.

    DICKENSON: “The Death of a Republic.”
    TARBELL: “The Robber Barons.”
    PBS guy > “A Documented History of the United States.”

  14. 14 jezebel282

    After the motion pushed through by Ben Proto to eliminate any oversight of mayoral hiring and reading Jon Best’s non-answers here, I have been convinced of two things:

    1. Mr Proto is paying his dues in order to be appointed Town Attorney (without Council oversight, of course).

    2. Mr Best has more maneuvering in mind to rival the powers of James R. Miron.

    Apparently Mr. Best’s “exploratory” effort is exploring the ways he can exploit a new charter if and when he is elected mayor. It is obvious that Ben Proto is doing nothing more than the bidding of Jon Best who, for now, appears to have a very good chance in the next mayoral election. I say “for now” because he has only begun to eliminate the rights of voters and taxpayers while standing in the shadows.

    The use of sock puppets on the CRC is beginning to become obvious.

    I urge the other members of the CRC including the other sock puppets to reconsider this motion. It is bad for the taxpayer, it is bad for the voter, it is bad for business and it is bad for future generations. Without some form of oversight we will have more Buturlas, Habelkas, Heydus, LoSchiavos, Millers, Colliers, Mirons and yes, Protos.

    We welcome Mr. Best back to explain himself, if possible.

    Nonetheless, this is unacceptable.

  15. 15 jonbest

    Wow! Be out of town on business and see what happens. I read this blog was appreciative of Sudds’s tongue in cheek support and will accept his resume. But I have a concern. Obviously people who have heard me speak at the Charter Revision would see that Mr. Proto and I have several disagreements on issues. I believe that people do not have to agree on every issue, but can maintain friendships and still work together in order to better the Town. To imply that he is a shill for me is not only wrong but also a leap of opinion that really upsets me. Does and did he work on my campaign and exploratory committee YES and I appreciate his support and respect his political acumen. I think he believed and believes I would be the best candidate for mayor and should I decide to run I would welcome his help. It is clear to me that you do not know me Jeze. I do not operate the way you imply things are going. The people that know me know that I am my own person. Some view that as a fault.

    During the charter revision process I have spoken at both public hearings regarding issues. I have been very clear about the Town Attorney position. I have stated previously on this blog that the process would be open and subject to public comment. There are no promises made of even discussed. At the public forum I have spoken about the Mayor having the ability to maintain other employment and I am against that. I believe that the only job the Mayor should hold is being Mayor.

    I am watching this process by attending the CRC meetings and commenting at public hearings where there are things I disagree with. I am my own person and will continue to be. Some people agree with my opinions and some don’t, but please do not attempt to predict on what I will do. It is not only unfair it is also inappropriate. It is also everything that is wrong with Stratford politics.

    Talk with me regarding my opinions as opposed to predicting the future or making assumptions. I formed an exploratory committee to allow people the opportunity to get to know me and decide if we share the same vision for Stratford. While I respond on this blog to issues on occasion I would like to know who I am speaking to. If you want to speak with me or discuss and issue with me please feel free to contact me. I will not be dragged into discussions when I do not know who I am speaking to. I will assure you of confidentiality if that is your concern.

    Finally I want to believe that the members of the CRC are doing what they believe is right for the future of Stratford. I am not a member of the CRC I am a voter. I have a responsibility to my community to participate in the process. I have no control over any one on the CRC because if I did I would not have to attend the meetings and there are times when I am tired and would love the luxury of not attending. But I believe as a voter this it too important not to be there.

    People need to look carefully at the candidates and make a good decision who should be the next mayor. It is my hope that you all do just that.

  16. 16 jezebel282

    Mr. Best,

    You’ll have to forgive us if after the last 15 years we no longer have a great deal of faith in politicians.

    “Talk with me regarding my opinions as opposed to predicting the future or making assumptions.”

    What is your opinion of absolutely no oversight of mayoral hiring? That is a valid question according to you.

    “While I respond on this blog to issues on occasion I would like to know who I am speaking to.”

    You are speaking to voters and taxpayers.

    “I will not be dragged into discussions when I do not know who I am speaking to.”

    My opinion counts for nothing. I am not a candidate nor do I have an exploratory committee. It is your opinion that matters.

    ” I will assure you of confidentiality if that is your concern.”

    See line 1 above. Your answers should be given to the voters, not individuals of no importance like myself.

    “People need to look carefully at the candidates and make a good decision who should be the next mayor. It is my hope that you all do just that.”

    We are trying. What is your opinion of absolutely no oversight of mayoral hiring?

    Your turn, Mr. Best.

  17. 17 equaker

    Proto has always been lurking in the backround. He’s like one of those guys that you just can’t shake.Another one of the good old bunch that needs to be sent packing.
    For the past 10-15 years nothing but the same tired names and faces that just won’t go away! THINGS MUST CHANGE NOW!!

  18. 18 1george1

    Regardless of who runs for what office there is going to be criticism.
    I give and take criticism.
    I give praise and occasionally get praise, such as Jon like my analysis
    on the blog about the value added (& extra costs, but far lower overall)
    of having an in-house full time Town Attorney, pt assistants and staff,
    with Town Hall office.

    I have praised Jon for his EMS, Town Service and other things.
    I have also praised Esq. Proto for the motion to get the Town Attorney
    opinions on the Town Website.
    I highly doubt that I would support Jon for Mayor, except if he was the
    RUN OFF Candidate against Jim Miron, Rich Burturla, or similar. 🙂

    Jeze is as cantankerous and probative as I am, if not more so.
    As such, it provides people an opportunity to answer fair (and label unfair)
    questions & issues (whisper campaigns / tin foil?)

    Generally Jon and Gavin (both get props for not being anonymous) do a
    good job articulating their positions.
    It is very interesting when they challenge each other, as both are capable,
    experinced in Town issues, and knowledgeable. Each brings different….. 😉

    Kinda like me n mike? 😉
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH

  19. 19 jezebel282

    George,

    Aside from keeping a promise to my family that I made, my anonymity provides me the ability to ask the questions without political motivation. I have nothing to gain or lose. I am not running for office, I have no position to defend, I benefit in no way.

    It’s still your turn, Mr. Best.

  20. 20 1george1

    Question Jeze,

    I suspect you read some of the coverage of my past election campaigns.
    i will be running again.

    What do you believe are my motivations and objectives?

  21. 21 jonbest

    “You’ll have to forgive us if after the last 15 years we no longer have a great deal of faith in politicians.”

    I have the same concern and it is precisely why I have gotten involved. I have served this town for over 25 years in several volunteer capacities and think I understand what is required to provide people with government they can have faith in. Unfortunately it does require a little faith in the process and if people have lost that, things will remain the same. I still believe in the people and the process. It also requires commitment and some risk.

    “What is your opinion of absolutely no oversight of mayoral hiring? That is a valid question according to you.”

    This is an area where you and I disagree. I believe there is oversight. I believe that the oversight of the Mayor is an election. I believe people should not vote casually. I thought that last time and expressed it publicly and I believe it this time. I understood what was at stake and I stood up. Knowing who it is you are electing and what they bring to the table that will give you the type of government you want is a responsibility rests with the voters. All I could do was subject myself to public scrutiny and offer to lead the Town. It was up to the voters and they decided. The voters decided on a four year term when they changed the charter the first time.

    Did I have a major disagreement on the issue of a Council rejection of Mayoral appointees? NO. I believe that if you choose good candidates the outcome is predictable. I would have been able to live with either decision. I had expressed that to persons privately. I am not in favor of Council approval because just as you have seen how bad some politicians are I have seen councils that have not acted without in the insertion of politics. It was not my decision the members of the CRC had to review the facts and make a decision. They did not agree as a group but voted and a position was taken.

    History has a tendency to repeat itself. The first time the Council fired someone off by cutting the budget was years ago and the person found out as they sat in the auditorium they would lose their job. There was no prior notice. It was a personal vindictive attack on an individual who did not have great interpersonal skill but was dedicated to the community. It was orchestrated and impacted our community. Some of the same players are still involved in Stratford politics.

    “You are speaking to voters and taxpayers.”

    I do not know that. I know that I am challenged and asked to commit to positions without understanding who is asking. For all I know it could be an individual with another motive. I recognize the need to talk and that is why I am here but I also recognize that you cannot attack windmills for the sake of the entertainment of individuals. I make the leap of faith ever time I answer that I am dealing with voters and taxpayers but I have no assurance of that.

    “My opinion counts for nothing. I am not a candidate nor do I have an exploratory committee. It is your opinion that matters”.

    I understand and that is why I am here. I do not think our opinion counts for nothing.

    “See line 1 above. Your answers should be given to the voters, not individuals of no importance like myself.”

    Government is about people who stand up and are heard. I am here with my real name and there are ramifications to that and my family but I believe it is important, important enough to commit to positions. I understand and that is why I am here.

    “We are trying.”

    I understand and that is why I am here.

    “Your turn, Mr. Best.”

    I have taken my turn and hope I addressed your questions. Next.

    Jonathan Best

  22. 22 jezebel282

    Mr. Best,

    Thank you once again for responding here. You are correct, we disagree in many areas.

    “Unfortunately it does require a little faith in the process and if people have lost that, things will remain the same.”

    If the people have lost faith in the “process” it is time to change the process. Obviously it does not address the needs of the voters. The gang wars of the RTC and DTC have gone on too long.

    “I believe there is oversight.”

    One person is not oversight. This is why a purchasing department is never in charge of a shipping department, or Quality Control in charge of Repair. It’s not that people will necessarily cheat, but that the checks and balances are in place to make it more difficult.

    “The voters decided on a four year term when they changed the charter the first time.”

    As we know, a lot can happen in four years. Brothers can be hired, unfit Chief Administrators can be hired, No-show jobs created, and qualified dedicated people can be fired without cause. Placing that much trust in a single individual is clearly not a wise decision.

    “I believe that if you choose good candidates the outcome is predictable”

    It is very predictable in Stratford. But not the way you suggest.

    “It was not my decision the members of the CRC had to review the facts and make a decision. They did not agree as a group but voted and a position was taken.”

    Let us pray that the CRC reconsiders this ill advised action.

    “I do not know that. I know that I am challenged and asked to commit to positions without understanding who is asking. ”

    You may accept the challenge or not. Obviously, Dom Costello has ignored this site completely at his own peril. You may join him if you wish. Gavin Forrester has blogged here often and while we may disagree, I have no doubt he has won much support for his positions.

    “I also recognize that you cannot attack windmills for the sake of the entertainment of individuals.”

    That was exactly my feeling as I walked out of my house with a stack of blank petitions. Surprisingly they were quickly completed.

    “For all I know it could be an individual with another motive.”

    What possible “other” motive could my avatar have? Would it make you feel better if George Mulligan or Pat Sperling asked the questions?

    “I make the leap of faith ever time I answer that I am dealing with voters and taxpayers but I have no assurance of that.”

    There have been 17,000+ hits on this site in one month. That compares to less than 50 in the 3 months prior to the Playwright terminating his/her site. Somebody is reading this.

    “I am here with my real name and there are ramifications to that and my family but I believe it is important, important enough to commit to positions.”

    It would be even harder to be elected mayor if you were only an avatar like myself.

    Your past EMS service to Stratford and your service to this country have been exemplary. As I have said to Mr. Forrester, there is a vast difference between driving an ambulance and chasing one.

    Unfortunately I find your position of blind faith in the next Chief Executive Officer of Stratford to be naive and/or self serving. Based on your answer, I will continue to hope for a candidate that cares more about the citizens of Stratford than his/her own ability to wield power and influence.

    As a citizen/taxpayer/voter (you’ll just have to take my word on that) I will support the candidate that works to change the system that is clearly dysfunctional.

  23. 23 equaker

    Unfortunately I find your position of blind faith in the next Chief Executive Officer of Stratford to be naive and/or self serving. Based on your answer, I will continue to hope for a candidate that cares more about the citizens of Stratford than his/her own ability to wield power and influence

    Jeze, I think you speak for many. Thank you.
    E

  24. 24 1george1

    From Jon

    It was up to the voters and they decided. The voters decided on a four year term when they changed the charter the first time.

    From George
    I read the same argument made by Fredette on the presonnel oversite by the
    Town Council.

    FRANKLY, the Town Committees CAUSED PROBLEMS to JUSTIFY doing things like:
    1) an ETHICS COMMISSION where the qualifications and rules were changed!
    2) a Charter Revision Commission to create a FASCIST, POLICE STATE, systems,
    taking rights away from the people.

    90 % of the people in Town have no idea what the Town charter is, or that
    certain politically involved people are LIARS, THIEVES, CHEATS, & SCOUNDELS.

    The people in Stratford do not know details or personnel. It takes a little time
    and effort, which people prefer to give to work & family. It also takes a little
    tudoring, such as I received from several good people (& some not so good) in
    both political parties and some unaffilitated.

    For anyone to claim the Voters chose a STRONG GOVERNMENT is disingenuous.
    The Voters appear to want change and hoped the proposed change would be
    GOOD (or better) GOVERNMENT.

    Voters have hope and trust there are checks and balances.

    However what is increasingly apparent is, as Ralph Nader and a host of others
    have noted, there is no real differences between the parties, whose major
    priority is first keeping out competition, and second taking as much of the pie
    as they can.

    Jeze,
    There may be 10,000 to 20,000 hits, in this site.
    But there were a few thousand hits with the PW blog, as I was tracking them
    and noting them on my blogs with the time.
    As you might be the first to admit, without the PW, this would not exist or
    at least not be as successful.
    As far as increased activity, I wonder how many are separate people?

    Sudds has brought humor to what was a Seinfeld type cast of mean spirited,
    no growth people, with limited focus. There have been some days of rapid
    fire comments, retorts, non sequitors, and other stuff, which had to increase
    the traffic.

    Gavin & Jon have bought some insite and facts.

    The was increased interest in the Charter.

    And the problems of the Miron family seems to attract the same viewers who
    would think Seinfeld had talent. Or Kimmel, Kilborn. or O’Brien. And given a
    choice between Letterman and Leno, I feel Leno is the only real talent on
    free TV, except for a few programs.

    As far as the Play write and traffic, there seemed to be air taken out of the
    Play write, about the time the petition finished and was found worthless!!

    It did NOT cause the Charter Revision Commission.

    The following Town Council cause the Charter Revision Commission.

    The petition just gave the creatures who control the Town Committees the
    pretext to create a “controlled” group to do that which they want done so
    as to make sure the PEOPLE can NOT repeat 1991!

    LIARS
    TRAMPS
    and THIEVES

    They lay their money down…

  25. 25 jezebel282

    George,

    I did not intend to detract from the Playwright, whom I consider a Stratford hero in every sense.

    The point I was making that you missed was that before the Playwright passed the torch there were essentially no hits on this blog. I have tried to keep the topics current.

    “what was a Seinfeld type cast of mean spirited, no growth people, with limited focus.”

    Gee..thanks George. I just love being called mean spirited, no growth and limited focus.

  26. 26 freedomofspeach

    First, let me wish all Mothers, a blessed and Happy Mothers Day.

    I have run out of tin foil today, so I am a little bit off. But have my right of free speech, so here it goes.

    “If the people have lost faith in the “process” it is time to change the process. Obviously it does not address the needs of the voters. The gang wars of the RTC and DTC have gone on too long.”

    I agree, but the names still are the same over and over again. People like equaker and officersean want “change” but I feel they are agent provocateurs. equaker threatened Fredette, as he used to hang with him and “knows everything” and sean picks the name of head of the union as his screen name, then blasts them. My opinion they are trying to protect their piece of the pie. It games as usual in Stratford.

    I hate to say it, but the process can only be changed within the laws and charter that you have. You did the best that you could in forcing a CRC, that is one of two places that you can effect change. The other is at the voting booth. The CRC like any constitutional type amendment when its open you get a lot of things that you might not want. How about enforcing the rules of the present charter and maybe the TC growing some testis? Not knocking Gavin, but what the hell are you guys doing? Don’t blame the republicans either; all sides have been complacent on doing their jobs. All have taken a piece of the political pie.

    The people of this blog seem to want to change their mind from a strong mayoral form of government that they voted for and a Mayor they voted for, to a representative town meeting. Boys and girls, guess what? You get the government you voted for.

    1george1 statement that no one knows what the charter is and what goes on in government is partially true, however if they don’t care enough to be involved then this is what they get. You again hoped that they would do the right thing, but the players are who they are.

    The problems with the change from the Special Act Charter to the Home Rule Charter are still unknown and no one seems to care, well no one who can do anything about it. No wonder Milford is in better shape and somehow still has its Special Act Charter in force I may not know much, but how the CRC can move forward, or the TC even let them, without knowing this important fact and how it became this way, is unbelievable. And if they don’t care, then they are co conspirators in the action that usurped the will of the people. Neither the TC or the CRC has addressed the situation. I am a little upset with Gavin for this, as how in Gods name can you vote for a charter the first time not knowing what the ramifications of it will be, or be on the TC and not address this? Anyone on the original CRC, including Miron should be brought before a judge to answer what the hell they did. I am also upset as I thought we were going to see the B & L report or at least get a name of who they really are, cant be too hard, there is a report, and someone wrote a check. What the TC can’t find out if this company even exists and their town is paying them? What is the information secret? Instead it sounds like deals are being made and money is being spent and only those in power are reaping benefits. Screw the taxpayers!

    Jez, and I don’t mean this as a dig, it’s just a fact that you admit to, you voted for Miron. His family has not really changed much in the many years of eating at the public trough. Jim Miron did not change; he has always been this way, yet you thought that with him as the Mayor things would be better, under a charter that reflected the will of the people who voted for it. Now you want to change it again, I know it’s not your intent, but more fingers can get into the pie. I am not sure if this is going to turn out the way the people who signed the petition wanted it to.

    Everyone here on this blog knew what the charter was, a very strong Mayoral system with at will appointments. I am sure most of you read it, I did once, and I don’t even live there. It was only after Psycho King Miron started welding his power that people got upset. The TC has always been a keeper of the spoils. How much do you think Norm was paid by Team Stratford? How much money was Burke making and paying out? Neither of these groups had the qualifications to do what they were charged to do, but the TC was too busy lining their pockets to care. Gee any fire trucks get bought from anyone on the TC? Wasn’t Norm a member of the TC, didn’t anyone find this the least suspicious?

    So back to the problem. Changing the charter again may give you partial results, but by the time the people on the CRC are through you may not get what you want or need.

    Heres an idea. Find someone who has a reputation for doing good, being ethical, not a double dealer, not one who helped create these issues, and support them for TC and Mayor. Clean house. No one could believe that someone who sued senior citizens and threatened to sue if he was not allowed to run for Mayor after knowing the intent was for members of the first CRC not to run. He knew all along he was going to, and so we can add lying cheat to his resume. And yet people voted for him.

    You reap what you sow. Dont get mad, get even.

    Jez, email me and I will send back the two cases in Federal Court.

  27. 27 equaker

    Dear Freedom, I don’t know how you arrive at your opinion of me. I do not support any current members of the “piece of the pie” as you put it. And I ask what makes you think that I do? I’m sorry you percieve my comments about fredette as a threat,they are not meant to be. I stated that before when you claimed that on the other post but you never got back to me. (by the way-I did not know that there was a statue of limitations for being a liar) I was really just comparing Dick and Richie as two people who’s ethics are much alike. If you did not already know this then you must not know him very well and should stop running to his defense. Or maybe you do know him and fall into the same catagory as Mirons and Fredettes of the world. What puzzles me is that you claim you don’t even live in Stratford.So why are your panties in such a bunch? For a minute there I thought you might have been one of them-you know,the good ole boys? Is your legal-speak supposed to impress? If you want to impress post your real name!
    Just exercising my freedom of speech,
    Ed Matthews
    320 Hurd Ave
    Stratford,Ct

  28. 28 freedomofspeach

    “I was really just comparing Dick and Richie as two people who’s ethics are much alike. If you did not already know this then you must not know him very well and should stop running to his defense. Or maybe you do know him and fall into the same catagory as Mirons and Fredettes of the world. What puzzles me is that you claim you don’t even live in Stratford.”

    Ed, nice to meet you. You stated in your first post that you were there when Fredette worked on the Miron family cars. So you must know him. Also, you said you knew “everything”. Look at it from an outsiders point of view and it appears to be a threat that you had information that would be detrimental to his run for registrar. So you saying that you don’t, then that’s great, but as simply an avatar, everything is of suspicion.

    I know of Fredette, but don’t know him, and don’t run to anyone’s defense, so please don’t put me for any reason in the same category. As I stated on my first post (you must have missed it) I have no dog in this fight, my name speaks for itself. Please read my first post to understand why I even started posting regarding the Town of Stratford train wreck.

    You puzzlement is just that. I don’t now or ever lived in Stratford and have no relatives there either. When I lived in CT years ago, I took an interest in Fairfield County Politics as I worked in the area. Jez, who has my IP address can verify that I am not even in CT, should that be necessary, so your statement as to my claim, is incorrect.

    “So why are your panties in such a bunch?”

    You must be new to this blog. If you read my posts you will know the basis of my comments. Also, last time I looked I don’t wear panties.

    “For a minute there I thought you might have been one of them-you know,the good ole boys?”

    Well that has been answered, so the answer is no.

    “Is your legal-speak supposed to impress?”

    No it’s to state positions that clearly are of a legal nature. I don’t need to impress anyone let alone anyone on this blog, or in Stratford. If you feel threatened by my logic and prose, then feel free not to read my posts, or take them as they are meant, as factual allucations. I can understand Ed why you don’t like people who use “legal speak” and I am sorry.

    By the way Ed, people pay me many hundreds of thousands of dollars for my “legal speak” so I guess I impress the only people I need to, my clients.

    “If you want to impress post your real name!”

    Due to the nature of my profession, I will not post my real name. Again, I have no dog in this fight, but felt that what was done to another blog, by using the threat of police power, made me feel the need to comment.

    ”Just exercising my freedom of speech”

    And I have fought to protect and defend your right of free speech, assembly, religion, to vote, and all the others guaranteed by the constitution. You’re welcome.

  29. 29 freedomofspeach

    Well its about time. All he has to do is add business relationships and hes really doing something.

    Nepotism on Stratford council agenda
    RICHARD WEIZEL
    Article Last Updated: 05/11/2008 12:59:17 PM EDT

    STRATFORD — If Town Council Chairman Mike Henrick has his way, the town will no longer be able to hire close relatives of the town’s top public officials.
    Henrick, R-10, said he will introduce an “Anti Nepotism” ordinance to the council when it meets at 8 p.m. Monday in Town Hall.

    Henrick cited both a “very long history of nepotism in Stratford” that predates the present administration, as well as recent events, for drafting the ordinance.

    The proposal would apply to relatives of the mayor, chief administrative officer and 10 members of the Town Council.

    “Nepotism is rampant in Stratford and has been for at least 20 years,” Henrick said. “It’s time we put a policy on the books to stop it, similar to the school district and many other towns.”

    Henrick also pointed to the recent flap over 29-year-old Christian Miron, the brother of Mayor James R. Miron, who was issued a conditional offer of employment as a police officer. He was critical of the job offer since a detailed, nine-page background investigation of the younger Miron — leaked to the media and some council members — while giving Miron an overall recommendation for the post also raised questions about his viability.

    Henrick’s proposal would preclude close relatives from being hired even if they are qualified for a job. He conceded, however, that the ordinance would have to be “grandfathered” so it would not have an impact on current employees or applicants.

    “The town of Stratford will not hire any person to fill any paid employment position who is an immediate family member of the mayor, CAO or of any member of the Town Council,” the proposed ordinance states. “Immediate family member is defined as spouse, child, sibling, parent, spouse of a child, spouse of a sibling, step child, step parent or step sibling,” according to the proposal.
    But some council members think the proposal goes too far.

    “I can’t support something that is so restrictive because it would discriminate against qualified people just because they happen to be relatives of certain town officials,” said council Minority Leader Alvin O’Neal, D-2. “I could only support an ordinance that would not allow nepotism in instances when the applicant is clearly not the most qualified candidate for a position,” said O’Neal.

    Miron also opposes the ordinance.

    “We already have a checks-and-balances system in place that allows the Ethics Commission to investigate any circumstance in which an individual believes nepotism has occurred,” Miron said. “No one in Stratford has been hired who is not qualified to do their job.”

  30. 30 1george1

    The petition just gave the creatures who control the Town Committees the
    pretext to create a “controlled” group to do that which they want done so
    as to make sure the PEOPLE can NOT repeat 1991!

    LIARS
    TRAMPS
    and THIEVES

    The LIARS TRAMPS & THIEVES are the “controllers.”

    The petitioners gave the controllers opportunity to > LIE – CHEAT – STEAL

    ==

    RUMOR:

    Dick Miron is considering not running for Registrar.

    ==

    From Freedom
    The people of this blog seem to want to change their mind from a strong mayoral form of government that they voted for and a Mayor they voted for, to a representative town meeting. Boys and girls, guess what?
    You get the government you voted for.

    1george1 statement that no one knows what the charter is and what goes on in government is partially true, however if they don’t care enough to be involved then this is what they get. You again hoped that they would do the right thing, but the players are who they are.

    From George > Hey Freedom,
    How often does the PUBLIC ever really know who or what they are voting
    for or against?
    The people in government are FULL TIME.
    People like Diane Buda, Ed Hargus, and others are NOT only UNPAID, but have
    to use their OWN resources to deconstruct the limited information being fed
    to the Public and those who control the Information and Public Treasury!

    ==

    F > It was only after Psycho King Miron started welding his power that people got upset.

    G > Some of the released people KNEW exactly what has been happening in Town and had stayed SILENT.
    =
    F > The TC has always been a keeper of the spoils.

    G > Same as every Town, State, or Feds
    =
    F > How much do you think Norm was paid by Team Stratford?

    G > Who paid Norm?
    I am sure he was paid, something significant by someone, HOWEVER
    Norm was Team Stratford.
    Team Stratford # 1 = Norm + forgot his name
    Team Stratford # 2 = Norm + Monty Posillico + Willinger + ex-Army Judge Advocate
    Common threat = Norm
    =
    F > How much money was Burke making and paying out?

    G > Too bad the FBI & the press are disinteerested or worthless…
    =
    F > Neither of these groups had the qualifications to do what they were
    charged to do, but the TC was too busy lining their pockets to care.

    G > Specifics per TC?
    =
    F > Gee any fire trucks get bought from anyone on the TC?

    G > 2 bought by the Town & looks like 1 more. Wonder when the sale took
    place, since Town Charter had specific prohibitions about the Town paying
    Town Councilors. Could it be when Jamison Scott put in a little over a year?
    =
    F > Wasn’t Norm a member of the TC, didn’t anyone find this the least suspicious?

    G > From the Public Forum I raise conflict of interest to Norm. His answer was the same that ESQ. FLOREK gave on his participation on the CRC. Recusal on specific
    situations. Never witnessed ESQ FLOREK do it. Witnessed Norm do it, but = JOKE!

    =

    F > The problems with the change from the Special Act Charter to the Home Rule Charter are still unknown and no one seems to care, well no one who can do anything about it.

    G > I CARE.
    Ask Jeze & the blog viewers?

    I RAISED the ISSUE to the TC & CRC.
    The TC & CRC know the truth.

    I do not have expertise or details on Legal basis of the opinion.
    So far, I have been unable to do anything about it.
    So far….

    And, more often than not, the bad guys win….
    Right now I am listening to a Biography on G H W Bush.

    There are some people I wish were never born, and although some people
    prosper from them……at what cost ….and who paid …. and whose people
    continue the damage to many, while benefitting (many) others….

    =
    Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush, Schultz, Rockefellers, Tower ….

    never came close to being named in
    Watergate or JFK / MLK / RFK

    never came close being jailed in
    Frank Church Family Jewels, CoIntel, or Iran Contra

    never came close to being held to accountability on 9 / 11,
    despite have 2 ex-Secretaries of Defense and JCS Chair,
    who created a strife LONGER than WW II, keeping Oil / Gas prices high.

    never came close to being held responsible for taking 3,000,000 bbl Oil
    off the Market with taking out Iraq, raising Oil from $ 10 bbl in 1999 to
    $ 120 bbl, now, which benefits
    > IRAN supplying strife in IRAQ and to HAMAS & PLO
    > SAUDI supplying the 9 / 11 staff and funding HAMAS & PLO
    > USSR rebuilt via OIL & GAS prices, while former heads of BECHTEL & HALLIBURTON
    have done some very good things in IRAQ, but at a snails pace, due to intentional understaffing…
    > CHINA & INDIA rebuilt with excess trade to be able to afford to BUY higher priced OIL & GAS
    > North Sea Oil monarchies propped up – I though Masons were anti Royals?

    Manage to keep the KEENAN LONG WIRE alive with strife all around the U. S. S. R.
    and systematically despoil a country and surrounding companies having similar
    effects that using WAR in KOREA, to have JAPAN rebuilt, while the Philippines and
    Taiwan were NOT as important to be AS REBUILT as GERMANY & JAPAN as causal
    for the MARSHALL PLAN.

    Watch the Israeli vs Arab and Arab vs Arab being pitted against each other, yet
    NATO & WARSAW somehow kept Europe at peace for 60 years, with a peace
    treaty and some troops.

    Oh darn.
    I lost focus and wandered into conspiracy… and seeing all peoples played for fools.

  31. 31 freedomofspeach

    “We already have a checks-and-balances system in place that allows the Ethics Commission to investigate any circumstance in which an individual believes nepotism has occurred,” Miron said. “No one in Stratford has been hired who is not qualified to do their job.”
    You mean like the Mayor, his aids, his brother, his father……

    JEZ DON’T GO TO THE LIGHT STAY AWAY FROM THE LIGHT!!!!!

  32. 32 jezebel282

    Freedom,

    Just a few responses.

    “People like equaker and officersean want “change” but I feel they are agent provocateurs.”

    Equaker is qualitatively different that “Officer Sean”. Officer Sean is an old “friend” that uses the same IP to log in as different people. Playwright/Hand has caught him before logging in from Chicago…..

    “You did the best that you could in forcing a CRC, that is one of two places that you can effect change. The other is at the voting booth.”

    Unfortunately one of the reasons this Town has not moved forward in the last 10-15 years is due to the hijacking of the Town Committees. Both the RTC and DTC. They dominate and dictate the “quality” of candidates appearing on our ballots. The CRC can at least provide us with minimal protections from these gang wars.

    “The people of this blog seem to want to change their mind from a strong mayoral form of government that they voted for and a Mayor they voted for, to a representative town meeting. Boys and girls, guess what? You get the government you voted for.”

    As you have said, we are not sure what we have voted for. One thing is certain, Stratford did not vote for Jim Miron.

    “Jez, and I don’t mean this as a dig, it’s just a fact that you admit to, you voted for Miron.”

    Freedom, some lessons are learned the hard way. For 25+ years I have lived in Stratford and worked very hard to build a life. Local politics was not of interest. I was simply not accustomed to people shaking my hand, looking me in the eye and lying. So yes, I voted for Jim Miron. Ted Bundy had a lot of victims too.
    I should have listened to Alphonse D’Amato; “All politics are local.” Nothing effects your mortgage payment more than local property tax.

    “I am not sure if this is going to turn out the way the people who signed the petition wanted it to.”

    It may not. However, the last Charter Revision took 18 months without much attention. My purpose (or at least one of them) is to focus as much attention on the CRC as possible.

    “Everyone here on this blog knew what the charter was, a very strong Mayoral system with at will appointments.”

    Actually, I doubt anyone who voted for it read it at all. I was shocked the first time I read it (after it was passed).

    “Find someone who has a reputation for doing good, being ethical, not a double dealer, not one who helped create these issues, and support them for TC and Mayor.”

    Freedom? No kidding. Ya think?

  33. 33 equaker

    My bad. That’s the kind of retort I expected. Thanks for your knowledgable input. E.

  34. 34 gforrester

    Well its about time. All he has to do is add business relationships and hes really doing something.

    I will make a motion to add vusiness relationships if no other councilmember beats me to it.

    I would also LOVE to see something to the effect that no campaign contributor will be hired for a paid position either, watch the big $$ dry up lol.

    Gavin

  35. 35 gforrester

    DEFINITIONS:
    Relative – Parent, foster parent, spouse, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, cousin,
    in-law or step relative, or any person with whom the employee has a close personal relationship.
    Personal relationship – relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing
    relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.
    Spheres of influence – scope in which an employee exerts direct or indirect control over another.
    Economic relationship – fiduciary relationship in which one employee benefits by receiving
    financial remuneration such as landlord/tenant relationships or business partnerships.
    Fraternization – relationship of an intimate or romantic nature between a supervisor and his/her
    subordinates or conduct that creates the appearance of impression that such a relationship exists.

    This is an except of the Livingston County Michigan policy which goes even further to include “Economic Relationships”

  36. 36 jezebel282

    Mr. Forrester,

    Thank you for reinforcing my point to Jon Best:

    “Gavin Forrester has blogged here often and while we may disagree, I have no doubt he has won much support for his positions.”

  37. 37 gforrester

    Thanks Jez

    And the best of it is that I am term limited out so I can’t be accused of pandering for votes for my next election.

  38. 38 jezebel282

    Mr. Forrester,

    Pandering to voters and taxpayers by protecting their tax dollars and services is permitted.

    Pander away, Dude!

  39. 39 1george1

    From Freedom

    “We already have a checks-and-balances system in place that allows the Ethics Commission to investigate any circumstance in which an individual believes nepotism has occurred,”

    From George
    I can repeat past blogs about PEOPLE on the ETHICS COMMISSION and CONFLICTS
    of INTEREST. Also protecting people on the Republican and Democratic Town &
    State & Federal Committees.

    – –

    Gavin,
    Paul Joy had told me that despite some political disagreements and a few
    issues, that he thought you were a very capable District rep.

    Although, I tick you off and disagree on many things, I gotta agree with
    Paul, and I have given you more props on this and the P. W. blogs than
    most of the other bloggers combined.

    Although that is pretty easy to do, since most of the bloggers are negative
    and like the Seinfeld characters MEAN SPIRITED, with LITTLE ability to
    change focus, and GROWTH as people.

    I have identified people like PCS, who is my favorite, as articulate and does
    research, and is only slightly mean.
    JEZE can be really mean, yet I understand. I respect WHY! Any while JEZE
    is not as OPEN MINDED as P. W. or HAND, JEZE is exceptionally RESPONSIVE
    and an INDEPENDENT THINKER. Unlike some who don’t even seem to think?

    Freedom, is all over the place on certain positions, yet is less mean and more
    articulate than …. most … 😉

    =

    Jeze

    1 – How many separate bloggers does this site have?
    2 – How many separate viewers?
    3 – It is your site. Why have you chosen not to include a HIT Counter such
    as P. W. had, or the Time of Blogs such as P. W. Originally had?

  40. 40 freedomofspeach

    1george1 I don’t feel I am “all over the place” on positions, would you please be more specific? Thanks

    Gavin, term limits don’t preclude you from running for Mayor. I agree and posted that any business relationship should be included in the prohibition. Any luck on getting the B & L information?

    For equaker, yes I am knowledgeable, but I get the feeling that you meant that in a condescending manner. Maybe I am just sensitive. What do you mean?

    Does the ethics commission have subpoena power? If not what does it really have? Where’s its teeth?

  41. 41 mikereynolds

    George,
    If you scroll down to the bottom of the main page you’ll see a hit counter.

    I’m sure it can be moved up higher, probably just a formatting issue.

  42. 42 jezebel282

    George,

    I’m not going to sort 17,000+ views. Besides, I am closed minded, mean spirited, no growth and with limited focus. According to you.

    If you want to read Mayor Moron’s drivel you can always go to http://www.topix.net/forum/source/connecticut-post/T4TQCMG9NVG7834O8

    Let’s see how open minded, good spirited, growth minded and open focussed he is.

  43. 43 1george1

    Mike,
    Thank you for the FYI on the location of the HIT SORTER.
    Good man.

    Jeze,
    Sensitive, whereas I pointed out you have good qualities too?

    Would you deny you can be MEAN, especially related to the MIRONS?
    Didn’t I blog that I understood why?

    Hadn’t I made it clear that I was referring to some of the pro Miron
    and Anti Miron bloggers?

    Hadn’t I given you credit for being the MOST RESPONSIVE, blogger?
    Would that or would it NOT strongly suggest “some”
    OPEN MINDED NESS
    EXPANDED FOCUS
    GROWTH POTENTIAL

    As far as growth potential, had I or had I not repeatedly asked you to be
    LESS INSULTING to the MIRONS and MORE FACT ISSUE oriented and had I
    praised that aspect of your blogging.
    > I think even the Mirons would conceed you have been more fact based
    and in doing so, harmed them more than by INSULTING THEM?

    Wouldn’t that also suggest that you OPENED YOUR MIND and EXPANDED
    YOUR FOCUS?

    =

    Heck I have had to PRAISE mike reynolds improved posts and THANKED him
    for the FYI about directing me to the COUNTER.

    I never wanted to be a Missionary, yet it seems to have made at least some
    partial conversions.

    And, hasn’t the CRC posted my repeated requests for Town Attorney positions?

    Gavin ran last year’s Budget work shops last year, after I asked him and created
    the FIRST EVER BoE work shop?

    The BoE has a couple MILLION $ in GRANT MONEY, not placed in their Budget
    Expenses. Until this year there was NO PRINTED BoE BUDGET book, which I
    found out, raised to Branyan & Gavin, and it got done. The TC was able to
    use it for line item questions.

    Yo Gavin, I wonder how much of that Grant money is NEW. Who raised that
    as an excellent potential Revenue source, outside of taxing Residents?

    The BoE breakdown of money from local Taxation vs. State / Fed / other
    grants, came from… guess who?

    Gavin did not have to agree to 3rd District Town Council debates. I gave him
    props, and got a bunch of giggles at Jimbo’s expense.

    Tom Moore went to an interview process on the FRC, after I blasted the TC
    about the CRC selection process.

    The PENSION issues are PUBLISHED, if not still obscure.

    Gavin & Miron are at least talking about Real Time Channel 79 Broadcast.

    Jeze, bad mouthing Mirons’ / Burturlas’ / Norms’ benefit to Stratford to me,
    is preaching to the choir. Only one of some differences between us, when
    they actuall y do something good, I give the Devil his due… 🙂

  44. 44 equaker

    Freedom, I’m not here to have an on-line battle with anyone. I have identified myself and given my opinion on topics. I don’t care what your profession is or that you enjoy trying to berate people on this site. The fact is as you stated yourself-You are simply an avatar and everything is of suspicion. You must admit it is odd that an out of state lawyer that makes “hundreds of thousands of dollars” for his “logic and prose” would give a second thought about local politics in Stratford CT. (by the way,it’s not that difficult to use an out of state ip if you know someone)
    I am not asking you any questions here, so I won’t require a sarcastic response.
    E

    To everyone else, I must say I enjoy this forum and the insight and comments from our citizens.I will post here as long as the moderator allows and hope that together we can make a change in our town for the better. E.M.

  45. 45 freedomofspeach

    Equaker, I have never been to my knowledge sarcastic at any valid poster on this blog, I do use sarcasm at subjects posted here. I have never berated anyone either other than public persons and officials who, based on facts, deserve it. It seems like you’re the one who throws rocks. But this will be the last time I address you directly as it is distracting from the valid points people are trying to make in this forum. Not sure of the pathology involved on your part, but you must have a reason, and if you are who you say you are, then I am sure the locals who know you understand your predilections.

    Interesting, you make accusations to more than one member of this blog, and then say you’re not out to battle anyone. A hit and run.

    You accused me of being a patsy to Fredette, or a “good ol boy” to Miron, and someone who uses “legal speak” to “impress” again I have simply stated facts, as I do in this forum. The facts are non-disputed. Yet you have a problem with that and seem to have problem with those who oppose your opinion.

    In addition, I never said I was a lawyer or anything about my profession other than people pay me for my opinions when you asked if I wrote to impress, so you must think you know me, but I can clearly say you don’t. I am sure we travel in different social and political circles. Remember I was replying directly to your question, and posted that for no other reason. I really don’t need to impress anyone.

    You have made many assumptions and have accused me of having nefarious motives as being an “out of state lawyer” and wonder why one would be interested in Stratford politics. I have answered that question quite succinctly in my first and many posts, and do not feel the need to do it again. You either don’t like the answer or don’t understand why someone other then locals would be interested in the laughing stock of Fairfield County. My posts on my motives are very clear.

    Not sure why you seem to have so many problems with lawyers or the legal system and get so defensive when someone states facts. But everyone has the right to their opinion. Including me, and I will continue to post them in this and other forums.

    As far as IP addresses, yes there are ways I am sure, but I can clearly identify where I am and post it here should I wish, however, I am not going to fall into some strange bated interaction with someone who I really don’t need to deal with, and who himself/herself may have motives unrelated to my postings. By the way, Jez can confirm I am not on a proxy server.

    But although this little repartee with you was amusing, I must get back to work dealing with facts and truth.

    Be well.

  46. 46 1george1

    When I took Arbitration classes, I was warned about questions
    such as “WHEN DID YOU STOP BEATING YOUR WIFE?”

    The purpose is to insinuate one beat’s one’s wife.
    For the record > Never Married > Never beat…

    There are other non denial, denials.

    Of course even non lawyers know the trick of stating something
    which they know will be OBJECTED TO, SUSTAINED, and STRICKEN
    from the RECORD, but the JURY can not erase what they heard/saw.

    I was also taught to figuretively SLAP one’s own WRIST or of an ALLIE,
    in order to LAND a HAY MAKER to the adversarie.

    I was also taught certain people do NOT like NAMES being NAMED
    However the fastest way to WAKE UP someone OR get their ATTENTION,
    is to CALL OUT their NAME.

    Now having writen the above, generally supportive of Freedom, equaker
    raises some valid points, such as why a NEVER STRATFORD RESIDENT has
    made a FEW PASSIONATE CRACKS at our favorite targets.
    My past experience is that it is very difficult to get people INVOLVED,
    never mind passionate, unless they had a DOG IN THE HUNT?

    During and after my unrelenting USPS HARASSMENT, I had the BEATEN
    DOG SYNDROME, after trying to be a FAITHFUL WATCHDOG, looking to
    offset the AMORAL LAPDOGS.

    Only to find the entire political justise system seems struck with RABIES
    or MAD COW?

  47. 47 jezebel282

    Freedom, Equaker,

    I am happy to see you two kiss and make up. I will not delve into anyone’s IP unless they are clearly spamming. Even Laura Dobosz.

    “Not sure why you seem to have so many problems with lawyers”

    Freedom? You’re kidding, right? 😉

  48. 48 pcsperling

    I think Freedom has added a great deal of information and value since he/she began blogging with us. There’s been lots more food for thought and ways to look for solutions.

    If he or she is a lawyer, at least it’s not one of our local “involved” lawyers who spin the scenario for their own political gains. An outsider looking in has nothing to lose or gain with the information and opinions being posted.

  49. 49 freedomofspeach

    “NEVER STRATFORD RESIDENT has made a FEW PASSIONATE CRACKS at our favorite targets. My past experience is that it is very difficult to get people INVOLVED,
    never mind passionate, unless they had a DOG IN THE HUNT?”

    And I am not done.

    Nope never, never worked there, don’t have family there, had relatives in Fairfield many years ago, and worked in the area. Pretty much it.

    I enjoy politics and debate (no I don’t have a poli sci undergrad), and have followed Fairfield County and Connecticut politics for a long time. I have found that it has become so perverse in Stratford that I kept watching things turn into the bazaario world it is today. When PW got abused and lost his/her right of free speech, I got involved on this blog.

    I can’t vote there, but I feel that I do have a penchant for asking questions that elicit free thought and debate, and that’s what Stratford needs. They need to think about the facts and choices. And this forum allows them as well as me to debate things. Thank you for the soapbox.

    And remember our forefathers used the print media to get their ideas across, and were anonymous. I don’t hold my self up to be such a great person, or close to their stature at all. Just following in their footsteps of free speech that could not be silenced.

    I do know a little about the operation of government. Stratford is unlike any other place that I know in the many states I have lived and worked. At least Bridgeport politicians make millions screwing taxpayers, I see Stratford politicians as the gang that can’t shoot straight.

    I believe in truth and transparency in government, I think some politicians forget we allow them to represent us, not allow them to give us our rights.

    PCS thank you for the complement.

    I think that politics itself allows for and expects the use of spin in some areas. It’s a game and I enjoy the ongoing Janus the Roman Two Faced God act (Dick Morris once called Bill Clinton that I think) that most politicians uses. If it’s Tuesday we must be for immigration.

    I detest (a word my mother liked to use when things really bothered her) the downright spin to lie that I have seen in the Mayor and his office. The sense of entitlement to be King and control all that he surveys. I have seen sick pathology before, but never to the extent that he and his family have.

    And not everyone hates Lawyers. I am sure OJ loves his, the officers that shot Sean Bell I am sure have some affection for theirs, and I know that I send a card every year to my divorce lawyer. Just remember they breathe through their eyes, keep them wet, and everything will be all right.

  50. 50 officersean

    get over yourself “freedom of speech”

  51. 51 1george1

    Freedom > “I see Stratford politicians as the gang that can’t shoot straight.”

    George > Please replace THINK for SHOOT. 😉

    =

    Freedom > “And not everyone hates Lawyers. I am sure OJ loves his, the officers that shot Sean Bell I am sure have some affection for theirs ….”

    George > I wonder if I was a BILLION DOLLAR COCAINE TRAFFICKER, ESQ. John Williams
    and his ILK, might have tried to represent my rights and interest vs. Mossman and the
    BLEW WALL of FEDERAL / STATE / LOCAL scum (no offense to legit STFD / others PD)
    > Hey Freedom, can you recommend a SINGLE LOCAL LAWYER, with RESOURCES, PULL, TALENT, and DESIRE to CLEAN up CORRUPT-icut & the COCAINE REPUBLIC /spOILS
    SYSTEM of Gonzalez / O’Connor / Droney / Chatigny HACKS?

    I expect a REFERAL about the same time a MIRON BACKER will post a legitimate argument of affirmative achievements of the ADMINISTRATION….

    =

    And Jim, I honestly feel badly for you and your family, the same way I feel for
    the career evicted in Stratford Municipality and my USPS workers & family.

    Life is far too short for all of this petty carnage …
    It should be creative construction, not massive destruction,
    Life should have more recreation, not aggrivation.

  52. OK, I had to drag this out of the archives. I think now is the time to start serious discussions about the BEST POSSIBLE CANDIDATES available for Stratford’s next mayoral election. Perhaps if we start putting something together, we’ll get some pressure on possible candidates to really think about running.

    I’d vote for John Harkins in a heartbeat if he decided to throw his hat into the wring. The guy has integrity, honest and I know he’s got Stratford’s best interests. He’s a Republican, but not a die-hard party guy. I think decisions he makes are based on genuine care about the Town, not about his political party of choice.

  53. 53 jezebel282

    Sorry Pat.

    I disagree. I think there is a much better candidate out there. This one has integrity, will work hard and truly cares about Stratford.

    My candidate of choice: Patricia Clark Sperling.

  54. 54 sudds

    I’ll jump on that…

    hmm… so many perverse options… what to do… what to do… oh shucks, maybe I’ll just take the high road for a change…

    bandwagon!!!

  55. 55 1george1

    SUDDS –
    Don’t you mean BEER WAGON?
    The clydesdale kind of wagon.

    My choices for Mayor:
    1. Ralph Nader
    2. Diane Buda.
    3. The guy with the tire around his stomach and neck.
    4. Someone that Nader suggests, but checks out.

    PCS,
    I like Harkins and Debicella as people and have accomplished some good
    stuff for Stratford, like ECS. However, much of it should NEVER have been
    held back. Again the TIME TABLE theory!
    However, I can’t support Harkinsfor the same reasons I could never vote for
    JON
    DOM
    JIM
    BILL
    Guilt by Association.
    Who are their Known Associates?

    I have been to RTC Fundraiser and I believe Harkins is in Norms’ sphere,
    and sat at Norm’s Table.

    Camilla thanked 2 people in his last night as a Town Councilor
    1. Norm
    2. Esq. Burturla

    Do you support circle jerks?
    That is what Stratford’s Known Associates are and have done to Stratford!

    Yet, I look forward to the day of the fall of the mIRON CURTAIN and the
    BURTURLA BILLING MACHINE.

    However, not at the expense of simply changing the guards.

    No one on this blog has EVER posted anything about HIGH TAXES and
    real relief for the working poor and Ed Hargus’s senior citizens.

    Always – anti Miron or pro police, lately.
    And the way the Mirons work, it is often the same thing behind smoke
    and mirrors.

  56. George ~

    I truly believe in John Harkins.

    Jeze and Sudds ~

    Thanks for your support too, although I don’t think I’m quite ready for that wagon!

  57. 57 sudds

    But you’ve already got the cute little “I am woman, hear me roar” hairdo!!!

  58. 58 1george1

    PCS,

    Harkins may be the greatest thing since slided bread.

    However, to my knowledge Norm did naything directly against me,
    whereas others in both parties have. I do not feel Norm or anyone
    who associates with his is good for Stratford.

    While he and Crudo spent a lot of time with kids baseball – so what?
    I loved baseball.
    Any involvement I had in sports as a player, team player, coach,
    league president, or member of a board was MY PLEASURE.

    In my opinion, none of those people are good for Stratford.

    Harkins is severely tarnished, by association.
    Personally and politically, I like John and DeBicella
    (can’t believe DAN D lost – but the Machine turned on the power –
    Esq. Burturla’s wife is a teacher – Berchumps website lists 1/4th
    of CT’S Boards of Ed as clients – I wonder? Naaaaah!)

    I wonder if Dick Miron gave away FREE BOWLING GAMES for some
    people in the office to look the other way to replace ballots,
    which anonymous source claim were premarked?
    (I think they were kidding! – I am pretty sure they were? I dunno?)

  59. 59 1george1

    Nomenclature:
    Number letter substitution code:
    1 = A / 2 = B / 3 = C

    ———————————————-

    police union = 407
    nader votes = 257

    4 = D
    0 = O
    7 = G
    In Plato’s Republic, Soldiers (& Police) are referred to much like DOGS.
    Their LOYALTY goes to who FEEDS THEM.

    2 = B
    5 = E
    7 = G

    Not looking good for the good guys, when the bad guys control the count.

    Very interesting
    Reversing 2001 (9/11 year)
    10 = J
    0 = O
    2 = B

    JOB Comforters have a field day?

    – –

    Obama is the 44th President
    4 = D
    4 = D

    DD in Navy nomenclature is the abbreviation for DESTROYER

    – –
    Fun thought for JEZE before erasing for relevance.

  60. 60 sudds

    Hmm… Michelle Obama is the wife of the 44th President…

    4 = D
    4 = D

    I’ve always noticed that she’s got some “junk in the trunk”… but I never noticed the Double-D’s!!! 😯

  61. 61 1george1

    🙂 Sudds you are conn-sis-ant!

    —- MORE TIME TABLE preset plans and Graven image or G – raven image…

    …Edited for relevancy by Jezebel…

  62. 62 jezebel282

    Pat,

    “Thanks for your support too, although I don’t think I’m quite ready for that wagon!”

    You have at LEAST as much experience as mayor as Miron had. And you have two things he never had (Sudds! Just shut up). Ethics and integrity.

    Before you decide whom to support, I would like you to do me a favor, Pat. Just think to yourself: would this person to the job as well as I could? If you decide that they could, then that is the person for the job. If not, it should be you.

  63. Thanks Jeze ~

    I think I’ll sit down with a bottle of my favorite red and ponder your words….

  64. 64 1george1

    ROCKI had the PURRfect voting record….

    Has done about as little damage as Scott Potter in 2010/2011 …..


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