The Big Three Questions for Chelmsford This Week

Welcome to Chelmsford Patch's New Weekly Survey -- here are our three yes or no questions for you this week: we'll have the results next Monday!


Last Friday, Chelmsford Patch reader Anna Bucciarelli had a question: instead of limiting our Red Commonwealth and Blue Commonwealth questionaires to just political bigwigs across the Bay State, why not have a version right here in Chelmsford that everybody can participate in?

We think that's a great idea, so in honor of Anna, we're rolling out a new weekly feature on Chelmsford Patch: the Big Three.

Three Yes or No questions for all of you to answer. Tell us your thoughts in the comments, or e-mail the editor at andrew.sylvia@patch.com (just make sure to mention "The Big Three" in the e-mail title.)

We'll have the results of the survey next Monday, and if you have some questions you would like to be asked, send them our way!

For now, here are our first set of questions for you.

#1. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Elizabeth Warren holds a six point lead over Scott Brown in Massachusetts U.S. Senate race. It more than likely will be one of the closest races in the country for a Senate seat this year, but will it be decided by less than five points?

#2. Traffic in the Town Center is always a sore spot with folks in town, but what we'd like to know is do you think it will be better five years from now?

#3. Another perennial issue on the minds of folks in town is the fact that Chelmsford is split up into four separate State Rep districts. Meanwhile, just next door, Billerica has one all to itself.

Let's imagine for a second that the state legislature had a magic wand and could say "Chelmsford, you can have your own district that isn't part of any other town too, but you would have to give up your distinctive character and be like Billerica," would you say yes to that deal?

Anna Bucciarelli September 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM
My answers: No. 1, NO; No.2, NO; No. 3, NO. (On No. 3, I like us the way we are!) Thanks, Andrew, for considering my suggestion. This will be fun!
myron September 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM
#1 probably no. #2 Traffic in the Center is bad, and getting worse. It was almost better without the lights.. #3Republican town. Democratic legislature. Don't hold your breath,
Brad Marmo September 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM
1 - No, 2 - No, 3 - No. (1 - I guess Democrats want "their" seat back. Yawn. Keep fighting Scott! 2 - Go around it, long live Summer St. 3 - Poor Billerica, as one who hails from NJ, I know how it feels when everyone sings the praises of the "guy next door," often at your expense.) Great idea Anna, looking forward to more.
Peggy Dunn September 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
#1 - no; #2 - maybe; #3 - silly question (#1 - Why is it that some assume you must have some party predjudice to vote - I vote for the candidate I think will do the best job; #2 avoid it during rush times; #3 - Of course I want Chelmsford to have one voice representing us ALL of the time, not four SOME of the time.......and it has nothing whatsoever to do with Billerica!
John Doe September 17, 2012 at 01:24 PM
#1 - this is a tough call. I can't imagine that given her support for things that most people disagree with (Obamacare, tax increases, etc) that she will win. But she's a woman and she's in Massachusetts, so it will be close, probably within 5 points. #2 - no way in hell. How could it get better? The only way for the traffic to be better is for there to be less cars, and the people who run Chelmsford have done everything they can to ensure MORE traffic each year. In 5 years Chelmsford will be Billerica. #3 - people have this so backwards. The 4-rep system is so beneficial to chelmsford its almost unfair. No other town that I know of has 4 reps (and veteran reps at that) arguing on its behalf. I can promise people of Chelmsford that of they were to get a single rep, the amount of money they get from the state would go down. That's how beacon hill works, sorry.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Is that everybody?


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