Tag Archive for SB2

I’m Voting Against SB2

Our friends in Mascenic have just given us a graphic demonstration of how SB2 doesn’t work: After years of increasing budgets and near zero attendance at “deliberative session,” a group of people decided to get the budget under control. It’s…

The Problem with SB2

Why SB2 is a bad idea: Town Meeting is Mason’s “legislative body.” We ask questions, debate solutions and make decisions. This works well for a town of 500, but is impractical for a town of 5,000; Mason now has 1,300…

Who was that Masked Man?

This is in response to the letter from Ms. Pam Letourneau in the February issue of the Mason Grapevine. She is listed with the staff which does the monthly newsletter. I am the “nice man” who came to Ms. Letourneau’s…

Democracy Vs. Demography

Town meeting vs. SB2. It’s the difference between Democracy and demography. Demo – cracy is the active participation of an informed people in their own governance. Demography is counting people. Town meeting is the gold standard of democracy… it affords…

In Favor of Secret Ballots

I am a new resident of Mason, having moved here two years ago. Last March was my first town meeting. I was impressed by the hard work that many of Mason’s citizens had done in order to present a clear…

No to SB2

I like and respect Paula Babel and Bernie O’Grady, who wrote last month in support of SB2. However, I beg to differ! SB2 would abolish Town Meeting, a truly democratic institution.  Town Meeting is one of those rare times when…

A responsibility to the whole

To SB2 proponents. Yes, here we go again according to your recent flyers. First off, last year the margin was slim and SB2 didn’t pass. If the vote was as you stated — 219 for and 149 against — that’s…

Vote Yes on SB2

Last year the residents of the Town of Mason had the opportunity to vote for SB2, but unfortunately the measure failed by just two votes. I am appealing to the voters to say YES to SB2 this March so that…

More on SB2

As I sit here on this snowy January evening, thumbing through some old town reports, I am again amazed at how much the cost of operating the Town of Mason has increased in just the last few years! On the…

Interesting Reading

Jesse Salisbury, the Nashua Telegraph journalist who has been to many of the local town meetings, has written a book called The Elmwood Stories. This fictional book relates stories about the conflicts that can occur between established residents and newcomers.…