Posts Tagged ‘rosemary reynolds’

Now that I have net access here I’ll give you live updates as to what goes on. (newest entries on Top)

8:15 p.m. Guy Carbone write in/sticker candidate for AG very impressive.

8:00 p.m. Campbell’s big issues are the military ballot issue and ID’s for voters.

7:50 p.m. Bill Campbell candidate for sec of state up now

7:45 p.m. Here is that interview I conducted, this is not the one from the stage

7:30 p.m. Twin city tea party will have shirts made for the 9/12 march

7:20 p.m. “A lot of the problems from today comes from us letting things happen.”

7:15 p.m. now a talk from a (different) attendee of Restore Honor rally

7:00 p.m. Mistake to avoid, make sure you have every written piece proofread and confirmed before the candidate takes any of your writer’s info to the podium.

6:57 p.m. I knew we won (Leominster Mayor race) when my opponent had to borrow for his campaign while we were still getting money. When I watched the Scott Brown election it was the same excitement.

6:50 p.m. “You have to become viable.” , “Gather names and database them.”

6:45 p.m. Guy MacKenzie is talking about organizing a local campaign effectively

6:35 p.m. Just scored an interview with a person who attended the Glenn Beck Restoreing honor rally, I will upload it ASAP

6:25 p.m. What are the odds, Rosemary Reynolds Fitchburg City counsel and polar opposite of Chris on the Planned Parenthood issue is also here for her first Tea Party event.

6:20 p.m. My Arch enemy friend Chris Lackey from Center of Mass is here checking out a tea party for the first time.

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…then you didn’t miss anything tonight. The resolution disapproving planned parenthood lost 7-4 and the two zoning resolutions lost 10-1.

I also had the distinct displeasure listening to counselor Tom Conry give us the “personally opposed” nonsense. Give me the honest disagreement of a Reclusive Leftist or a Chris Lackey over that any day.

Once again the mayor did not attend, once again the city solicitor cowed the counsel, once again Rosemary Reynolds stood alone.

Kudos for counselor Jody Joseph for going on camera for an interview before the vote (although he voted against us). UPDATE interview added:

My internet is iffy for some reason tonight so I’ll have to do more later.

Update: Rosemary Reynolds also talked before the vote:

No other counselor, nor the city solicitor would talk on camera before the vote.

And they choose the right side in the Planned Parenthood Fight:

It may be difficult, despite the sustained and growing public outcry, to prevent the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts from opening a branch on Main Street in Fitchburg, or somewhere else in the city.

But that should not prevent city officials from trying, particularly if the non-profit organization sticks with its plan to open on Main Street, something we have said is a terrible idea for a city trying to lure more upscale businesses and Fitchburg State College students to the downtown.

They apparently share the same opinion of the city solicitor that I have:

We find Ciota’s suggestion that city officials could open themselves up to a lawsuit if the City Council passed this resolution laughable at best.

To suggest that Planned Parenthood could successfully sue city officials because the City Council passed what is essentially a non-binding resolution that carries no legal weight — if that’s what Ciota is suggesting — is absurd.

This is America, and if the City Council wants to pass a resolution saying its doesn’t want Planned Parenthood opening up in its city, more power to it.

and they let the mayor have it:

And we were also surprised that Mayor Lisa Wong did not attend the portion of the City Council meeting dealing with Planned Parenthood, and believe that she had a responsibility to tell residents how she felt about the issue. She later told us she’d rather see the agency locate somewhere else in the city.

The paper knows that this fight isn’t over. The people need to know that too.

After a brief recess and regular City Council meeting began. Under the rules of the City council any person can speak for up to 2 minutes on a measure.

The first speaker was Representative DiNatale who re-iterated the argument concerning both redundant services and how well Fitchburg had done without them.

At this point the officials from Planned Parenthood had already left so now a plethora of pro life speakers came to the fore.

The first was Dr. Mark Rollo:

Doctor Rollo was forceful and direct. When describing planned parenthood he bluntly declared “Their mission is killing!” He further argued that they separating children from their parents advice and fear, instead of discouraging teenage pregnancy propagates it. He declared unequivocally that if Planned Parenthood opens on main street protesters will follow and he will be leading them.

Several citizens people yielded their time to both Doctor Rollo and some of those who followed. Their second big gun was Dr. Mildred Jefferson.

With a quiet and calm demeanor she made the case that Fitchburg would be a less pleasant place with Planned parenthood. Her best argument however was the description of Planned Parenthood in terms of practices and their use of organizations that they fund to support their positions as if they were independent.

The third big gun was developer Roderick P. Murphy from the group problem pregnancy. His argument was that planned parenthood would retard development in Fitchburg, both he and Dr. Jefferson had the disadvantage of making the case as non residents.

After this several citizens came up with various arguments primarily concerning the wrongness of abortion, the origins of planned parenthood and how all of this makes Fitchburg a less desirable place to live. Unfortunately a lot of the presentations were, in my opinion and judging from the reactions of counselors, less than effective. One particular example being Kylie Gordon a 19 year old girl who was passionate in her attacks on planned parenthood but disorganized in her presentation.

Two speakers spoke up for planned parenthood. A teacher from Fitchburg state suggested than their presence might help in terms of counseling for college students in weak or potentially harmful relationships reflecting on the Allison Myrick case, it was a point that hadn’t been considered. A Worcester Fitchburg podcaster (Chris’ site is here). came up next vowing that he and members of his group ( Greater Worcester Humanists) would be escorting clients in through any protests held.

Christine Hanley of Mass. Citizens for Life made the final “official” case. Her presentation while strong factually was more about the general faults of Planned Parenthood and less about why they are a bad fit for Fitchburg.

The final speaker was, well me. After Ms Hanley spoke I approached the chair removing my “blogging” hat to speak as a lifelong Fitchburg resident. I pointed out that Ms Luby of Planned Parenthood didn’t deny the question of chemical abortion. I pointed out that City Solicitor, Michael Ciota argument concerning constitutionally of zoning ordinances didn’t hold water as Leominster had enacted such ordinances almost 30 years ago and was unchallenged (explaining why Fitchburg has been the magnet of social services rather than Leominster). I argued that the reason Planned Parenthood wanted main street was to access students of Arthur J. Longsjo middle school . I referenced the both the Washington Post abstinence story and the argument of my own post concerning pill resales. I’ll let others decide how effective I was, but when I was done Counselor Marcus DiNatale questioned the solicitor concerning Leominster’s laws, and Mr. Costa plead ignorance of them.

For a brief time other business came up and the Mayor briefly turned up for that but she was not to be seen when when the Rosemary Reynolds brought up her two zoning resolutions. As they were late resolutions a vote to suspend the rules would be necessary for them to be considered. That vote failed 10-1 thus they have been added to the agenda of the next meeting on the 16th.

And so around 11:00 p.m. things finally closed. It’s fair to say that Planned Parenthood had won the argument this day as the Germans did at Kasserine but the final result of the campaign remains to be seen.

Update: Per Chris’ comment I corrected his location and added a link to his group both in his comment and on this page.