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Awesome Askenburg....... Humbug Hanson

Wake up Chelmsford, theres a new woman on the Selectman board....."One to be reckon with.... unlike ur good ole boys network"..... "Giddy Up Askenburg...ride on"!

As a new resident I am so glad there is fresh perspective on politics in Chelmsford verus the staunch of legacy. Way to go Janet, please make us proud, with your fresh unbiased ways!  On the converse, wake up Matt, theres a new sherrif in town and shes a "One to be reckon with.... unlike ur good ole boys network"..... "Giddy Up Askenburg...ride on"!

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Pamela Sherwood April 03, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Really where did you come from? One to be reckon with , giddy up. Seriously with supporters like you maybe we should be thankfull more people supported Matt. And also as a new resident how do you even judge someone if you havent been around the last couple of years?
Tyler Jozefowicz April 03, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Askenburg will try to turn the Selectmen's position into that of a financial analyst, asking things like :" DPW maintenance was budgeted last month for $3000; why did we go over monthly budget by $1500? " Hope the rest of the Board does not cooperate in that nonsense. As far as upping the commercial vacancy rate , her approach will be to require the town manager to fill the vacancy by goaling him ,not her, and when he fails , not her , she will blame the town manager. That gets her off the hook. Eric ( forget his last name ) pledged the same " commercial partnerships" if elected and got nowhere, achieved nothing. She's divisive; only fellow Republican Lang will go along with her.
An average citizen April 03, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Really Tyler; Fiscal responsibility is a bad thing? Asking someone to explain variances is a bad thing? Finding efficeincies and learning how to do things better is a bad thing? Holding people accountable is a bad thing? Board of Directors at corporations hold the CEO and COO accountable. That is a daily occurrence. And that's a bad thing? So, what would you have the BOS focus on? Please respond. How else do we cut the tax rate? Please provide your wisdom.
Tyler Jozefowicz April 03, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Average:financial responsibility is never a bad thing, nitpicking is. She'll deal in petty stuff, not the domain of sitting Selectmen. We have financial analysts , and department heads that put together budgets, projections, a Finance Committee. No one is going to antn to listen to her minutia at every meeting unless it's something substantive. If Askenberg had any ideas about tax reduction , we would have heard about them in the campaign; we did not. She's anti-union , so you know she'll never vote for a COLA for municipal workers, will seek to outsource any and everything because of an anti-government bias, and a school Committee record of same.. The rationale will always be that the economy is bad and any increase is unacceptable. There will never be a time when the economy is good. It's a cop out. Votes will be 3-2, Askenberg and Lang on one side and the other three on the other side. Forget the CEO parallels, strictly business text book nonsense. Does'nt apply here.
Irene April 03, 2013 at 10:50 PM
tyler you are kinda funny. how come you don't live in Chelmsford?
Tyler Jozefowicz April 04, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Irene: you're kinda funny, too. How come you don't address the issues I raise. I also get a laugh out of "average citizen" who is looking for tax relief. Askenberg has already committed to full day kindergarden which will cost money , not reduce taxes. I agree with her on that point. Here's the thing. The fixed income Chelmsford people voted for Askenberg thinking fiscal conservative meant reducing taxes , but she is an upwardly mobile Republican , country club type, and will spend on things like full day kindergarden , new fire station, turf fields for the high school, so you fiscal conservatives have been screwed again.
Irene April 04, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Is that why you don't live in Chelmsford?
Tom Christiano April 04, 2013 at 11:41 AM
I'm confident that Janet Askenburg will do a great job as one of our new Selectmen. She has a proven track record of speaking out for what's right... whether it's politically popular or not. She has the courage to try new things to keep our costs as low as possible, while at the same time making sure that we have everything we need to live in a wonderful town with first rate services.
Tyler Jozefowicz April 04, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Tom Christiano: could you be a little more specific beyond just platitudes?
ron johnson April 04, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Tyler, You say nitpicking, I say a fair question, 1500 over on a budget of 3,000 is significant. I would also like to point out in your defense of Warren, Patrick and Obama you alwayes said they won so the majority of the people voing agreed with their positions. I guess when you do not like the results this piece of wisdom does not apply. I would also like to point out that the TM works for the BOS, not the other way around.
Tyler Jozefowicz April 04, 2013 at 02:38 PM
ron: I would like to point out that in a budget of 100 million , $1500 is nitpicking and better left to the Town Manager and his agency to overseas. selectmen have a whole town to run Ever see a CEO nitpicking $1500? I never had to defend "Obama, Warren, Patrick" by way of magnitude of majority. Obama won by 5 million, about 9 million before that,even with Republican voter dirty tricks, Warren won by 6 percentage points, Patrick won handily. trying to defend a 50 vote majority in a town of 20,000 registered voters? I never made that point here anyway , so what you say is a figment of your imagination, esp., if you are referring to the town election you had in Chelmsford. I'm aware of who works for whom ; also aware that a majority of 5 selectmen is needed to give TM direction, not one or two. TM is not the private whipping boy of some rogue selectman. That is how I understand the system to operate.
Janet Askenburg April 04, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Valarie, Thank you for your kind words of support. I am very excited to serve as a Selectman for all of Chelmsford's residents. I do have a request - please refrain from making any negative comments about Matt Hanson. He has been an excellent Selectman for our town and will continue to serve us well going forward, especially as our next Chairman. Thank you again for your support, let's keep it positive, and let's move forward as a community to keep Chelmsford a wonderful town for all. Kind regards, Janet Askenburg
ron johnson April 04, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Tyler, I stand by my points, she won get over it. And it all adds up as I see it. I budget overrun of 50% is just that. As far as whom works for who, yes he is responsible to the BOS and that means all of them. Tyler, you still don't get it, you are never wrong. By the way, if you add all the votes up for Joyce, RVL and her, I would say it was a solid indication that people wanted some new blood. As far as your other points, the fire station has already been approved, a full day kindergarten makes sense and the turf fields are a good investment. I am not sure how any of these things mean she is a country club republican.
Tyler Jozefowicz April 04, 2013 at 04:27 PM
ron johnson: i'm not sad about anything, nothing to get over. I supply my critique. Turf fields , full time kindergarden, fire station are all spending proposals , not tax reductions. I am in favor of all three. Show me the tax cuts. Like i said , there is a bit of delusion going on here. As far as selectmen candidates go, they were all insiders except for Van Liew.
Maria Karafelis April 04, 2013 at 04:31 PM
and this is the very reason why I voted for you Janet!
ron johnson April 04, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Tyler, I am still trying to figure out if you support her or not. "Here's the thing. The fixed income Chelmsford people voted for Askenberg thinking fiscal conservative meant reducing taxes , but she is an upwardly mobile Republican , country club type, and will spend on things like full day kindergarden , new fire station, turf fields for the high school, so you fiscal conservatives have been screwed again." are you assuming that we did not know why we voted for her thus not as smart as you. I am not sure how you could know why I voted for her or anyone else. ...
ron johnson April 04, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Tyler, By the way who is "Lang" if you are going to start talking about how people will vote, you may want to get their names right.
Paul April 04, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Request denied. Comes with the turf Janet.
Tyler Jozefowicz April 04, 2013 at 11:04 PM
ron johnson: let me try this again for you. Part of Askenberg's three part platform was tax relief for residents. No? She did not run on local town expenditures like turf fields, full-time kindergarden, did not oppose the fire station or two old town hall improvements, yet she favors these expenditures like I do. adding the tax relief on top of those expenditures is contradictory; not well thought out positions. you seem to agree with these expenditures ; you also want tax relief. Say what! So then explain then why you voted for her and who your second choice ( if there was one) and why. And no, ron, I do not need to be right all the time ( keep the disparaging comments out of the discussion . that is strictly in your mind. take it from me. I know me better than you do. keep ' Obama" out of the discussion unless it's about Obama. In case you are interested I voted for Obama twice. He won twice.
An average citizen April 05, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Sorry Tyler: Your comment about it doesn't apply here does not wash. It only does not apply because you do not want it to. It is not textbook. It exist in the real world. It is the role of the BOS to watch out for my money, the taxpayer's money. That is not an anti-union sentiment. City government is not an employment agency. It exists only because the citizens have a need. And there is a limit to want we should pay. I laud the oversight. With every nickel save, a part of it comes from you and me. Someone needs to be worrying about the pennies and nickels
ron johnson April 05, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Tyler, yes she was and Who else I voted for is none of your business. I used those as examples in that you have on more that one occasion used the argument, they won so therefore the loser has not right to an opinion anymore. I know this may be tough, but one can favor some projects and be against waste and spending on other things. I can't even tell if you live in Chelmsford and by the fact that you do not know Lang from Lane tells me as much. The fire station is being paid for without a tax increase, full day kindergarden is an idea that is overdue and by the way, many people pay for day-care and afterschool care now, the turf fields may have an up-front cost, but will reduce maintenance costs going forward. I know, my son's school turfed fields a few years ago. By the way who did you vote for?
Tyler Jozefowicz April 05, 2013 at 01:59 PM
ron: same here based on your reply. none of your business. do both of us a favor. don't engage me in any more conversations and i'll do the same. deal?. really not interested in going back and forth with you.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 02:42 PM
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jtalexander April 05, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Andrew, I have seen far worse on the pages more than once. I find it hypocritcial to act all shocked and to come on a lecture when it seems that many of the articles posted are merely attempts to drive comments and repeated views of the page. The personal attacks the debate on gun control went on for days.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 05:46 PM
And if you read those articles, you will see that I am constantly deleting violations of the terms of use. I try my best, but I can't get to them all. Opinions are great, but we have an expectation of civility toward other users in the comments section.
jtalexander April 05, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Andrew, I am sorry, I am not buying it. I think you purposefully post articles intended to drive comments. Why was there mutiple articles about gun control other than to drive the comments? The topic is well covered and after one day nothing new was said other than insults far worse than what I saw above.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 08:34 PM
JT, Like I said, opinions are great. We seek to gather opinions from the community -- both with me in Westford and Chelmsford and with regional posts done by other people. But there is an expectation of civility. I try very hard to stay out of the way, but in this instance I think I needed to step in. You'll have to accept that or move on.
ron johnson April 05, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Andrew, I saw your exhange with JT and your last answer. I do not see how I was any worse than the exchanges I saw the last few weeks on the gun issue. I have to agree with JT and I also do not buy it that you do not see the comments. I go after Tyler, because I do not agree with him. He loves to make statements and then claim that he is being attacked. I responded to a pointed question as to how I voted, with a it is none of your business. I can certainly take that position. Delete if you wish, but lectures are not appreciated.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) April 05, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Okay, I've had enough of this. I've tried to be nice. And I've told Tyler privately to stop the nonsense as well. If I see him engage in a comment debate with another user instead of commenting on the topic of an article itself, he will be suspended. If anyone goads him here on Chelmsford, they will risk suspension too. Comments are closed.

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