Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lower Than Dirt

LOWER THAN DIRT

Last Tuesday night, I attended the sub-committee meeting hosted by Councilor Norman Albert and Councilor Mark Lunt pertaining to the situation with Lisbon Emergency Services.  The purpose of the meeting was to update the members of the sub-committee on the changes Lisbon Emergency had made to their By-Laws.  The meeting was conducted with no microphones or handouts so the members of the audience could not heard a lot of what was said and without a handout could not follow along.

I have been complaining about this situation for years but our Town leadership treats citizens as second class citizens.  What I mean is they do not care if the Public hear what is going on during these Public meetings.  I listen to Councilors complain that not many citizens take an interest in what is going on in town.  Well, when you are treated in this manner it is hard to maintain an interest when you cannot hear and no one cares.  Also, I have attended numerous briefing during my forty years working for the government and I never sat through a briefing that I could not hear everything said and I always had a handout in which to follow along.  At the end of classified briefings, the handouts were gathers back up and destroyed.

I have complained to our leadership on numerous occasions and they really do not care if they are professional or not.  This is just one of several reasons; I do not attend Town Council meetings.  If our leadership is not interested in what I have to say, then I am wasting my time attending.  Most of every Town Council meeting has been decided the outcome before the meeting so it is only a formality any ways.

Now, some can say that the By-Laws of Lisbon Emergency belong to Lisbon Emergency’s.  However, if the Town of Lisbon is hosting the meeting and Lisbon Emergency is asking for the taxpayers to supplement Lisbon Emergency; the taxpayers have a right to see the documents being discussed.  Just call me old fashion!  It is my personal opinion, that if you conduct a meeting in the town office and invite the Public; they should have handouts available to follow along.  If you do not want the people to attend and if you do not care if they hear or know what is going on; then stay out of our pockets to.  In other words, the citizens of Lisbon are being asked to pay for something but do not have a right to see and know what they are being forced pay for.

When is our leadership going to start treating its citizens like people, again?

Larry Fillmore


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

YOU BE THE JUDGE!!!!!


On December 19, 2017, our loved Town Council performed yet another illegal Executive Session. This is exactly the same way it was when Councilor LaRochelle was on the Town Council the last time. At least they waited until the second meeting to start again. I believe that before you can be a Councilor you must know how to read. Since the oath of office they take requires you to obey the laws of the State of Maine; each Councilor should know the law pertaining to Executive Sessions. Maine Statue 405, Executive Sessions is only three pages long and outlines what can and cannot be discussed behind closed doors.

Paragraph 6, Permitted deliberation, states “Deliberations on ONLY the following matters may be conducted during an executive session:” It goes on to outline 8 sub-paragraphs for which an Executive Session is authorized. Sub-paragraph C. reads “Discussion or consideration of the condition, acquisition or the use of real or personal property permanently attached to real property or interests therein or disposition of publicly held property or economic development ONLY IF PREMATURE DISCLOSURES OF THE INFORMATION WOULD PREJUDICE THE COMPETITIVES OR BARGAINING POSITION OF THE BODY OR AGENCY.” The last portion of this provision is the most critical because it outlines when this sub-paragraph can be used for an Executive Session.

On December 19, 2017, the Town Council when into Executive Session under the above-cited sub-paragraph and when they came out Councilor Kolbe read a prepared motion that read: “Move to loan $146,940.00 with a 10-year term at an interest rate of 5% to Jason LaVerdiere and Tyson LaVerdiere doing business as Flux Restaurant as followers: $100,000.00 from the IRP fund and $46,940.00 from the Commercial Loan Fund.” This was the only application for the Revolving Loan Fund program so where is the competition. How is approval of the only application going to change the bargaining position or going to be changed if this information was released? The loan application does NOT meet the criteria for Executive Session under the provisions of Maine Statue 405. I support the approval of the loan application BUT not in the manner it was done.

This Town Council meeting is only Councilor LaRochelle’s second meeting. It would appear that the community is in for three more years of back-door dealings and illegal Executive Sessions.

Call your Councilors and tell them to stop these illegal Executive Session and start complying with the law by discussing them in Public.
Larry Fillmore

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Lisbon Notice

Lisbon Maine.

The Library & Transfer Station will be closed tomorrow due to the ice storm.  They will reopen on Tuesday, December 26th.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Let the fun begin ----- by Larry Fillmore


Tuesday night will begin the downfall of the community, again.  I am surprised it took until the second meeting with Fern LaRochelle to start.  On Tuesday agenda, there is an item under Executive Session, called Acquisition of Real Property or Economy Development.  Executive Session is where Fern LaRochelle does most of his wheeling and dealing because it is in SECRET.  No one can ever know what goes on behind closed doors.
Information put out in Executive Session pertaining to real property or anything that pertains to the bid process is restricted to ONLY Councilors.  I call this “insider information” because none of the other individuals that want to bid on the subject matter know what was discussed in Executive Session but Councilors are allowed to bid as private citizens.  Once again, there is no “conflict of interest” but ONLY in Lisbon.
No Councilor should be able to take part on anything discussed behind closed doors because it gives them an unfair advantage.  Fern LaRochelle has taken advantage of this in the pass when he purchased town property at a reduced price.  Having insider information provides Councilors with an advantage. 
I am shocked that the Chairman of the Town Council and the Town Manager waited until the second meeting to start this trend all over again.
Larry Fillmore

WWW.LISBONME.ORG

If you are wondering what “www.lisbonme.org” is; it is the address for the Lisbon town website. The purpose of this website is to keep the people informed as to what is going on in Lisbon, Maine. It should be an attempt to provide transparency for our local government. However, as Mr. Joe Hill noted in his great article titled “Lisbon Has An Ongoing Problem Notifying Residents” no matter how many times residents complain nothing gets changed.

This is a shame because the solution is quite simple. All scheduled meeting must be posted to the “Event” calendar on the Home page. I am going to provide two solutions to the problem:

Option 1: Make the Councilor, who is responsible for the Board/Committee, responsible for posting the meeting/cancellation to the “Event” calendar.

Option 2: Make the Councilor, who is responsible for the Board/Committee, responsible to notify the Town Manager’s Administrative Assistant to all meetings/cancellations. This will ensure they are posted to the “Event” calendar on the town website.

This simple change will ensure that citizens have one location to be informed about ALLmeetings. This way the people can choose which meetings they want to attend and have an interest in.
However, before the town can implement these changes; they must first post all the Boards/Committees/Sub-Committees on the town website under the section called “Boards/Committees”. Currently, the website ONLY lists 9 of the 18 Boards/Committees listed under “Council Committee Assignments”. The Town Manager needs to ensure that all Boards/Committees/Sub-Committees are listed under the section called “Board/Committees”.

These simple changes will ensure that the people of Lisbon are kept informed and will show transparency. By the way, taxpayers are paying tax dollars for the town website so why are we NOT using the site for what it was intended to do. By selectively posting just what management want the people to see; the town is censoring what the people can and cannot have for information. So why are we wasting tax dollars on a web site that is NOT providing what we need?

Call your Councilors and ask them why the town is wasting tax dollars? Also ask your Councilors; “Who has oversight over the posting of the town website”?
Larry Fillmore

Sex Crime Accusers should not be Anonymous


GOP RELEASES ITS FINAL TAX PLAN — HERE’S WHAT’S IN IT

Republicans release their final tax plan, which strikes compromises on many provisions that differed in separate versions passed by the House and Senate

Republicans on Friday released their final proposal to overhaul the American tax system, which would chop taxes for corporations, trim rates for individuals and tweak tax deductions.
The House and Senate GOP hope to pass the sweeping measure by the middle of next week, hitting a year-end target. The House will vote on the plan on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a statement.
Republicans argue that cuts contained in the bill will spark business investment, hiring and wage growth. Democrats call the plan a giveaway to corporations at the expense of the middle class, expressing concerns about the $1 trillion or more it is projected to add to federal budget deficits over a decade.
With two skeptical Republican senators falling in line Friday, the GOP appears set to have the support to push the bill through next week on a party line vote.

FBI Tried TO Put Clinton In White House

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Andrea Ramsey Accused of sexual harassment


BY LINDSAY WISE AND BRYAN LOWRY
McClatchy Washington Bureau and The Kansas City Star

DECEMBER 15, 2017 08:48 AM

Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006.

Ramsey, a 56-year-old retired business executive from Leawood, was one of the Democratic candidates vying to challenge Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in 2018 in Kansas’ 3rd District.
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She was running with the endorsement of Emily’s List, a liberal women’s group that has raised more than a half-million dollars to help female candidates who support abortion rights.

ANTI-TRUMP LAWYER SOUGHT PAYMENTS FOR WOMEN TO ACCUSE TRUMP OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT



Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars.com - DECEMBER 15, 2017

The revelation that a well-known anti-Trump women’s rights lawyer attempted to secure incentive money for women to claim Donald Trump sexually harassed them in the weeks leading up to the presidential election serves as a red flag for how this exact scenario is likely to play out again in the near future.

“California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000,” reports The Hill.

The lengthy article makes it clear that Bloom’s mission was to swamp Trump with allegations so as to ensure his defeat in the election, although perhaps over-confident of victory anyway, Clinton Super PACs were not interested in contributing money for women to come forward.

One of the most interesting aspects of the piece is how the woman who eventually declined as much as $750,000 to go public admitted that when she rebuffed Trump’s advances, he immediately backed off, which is not really the behavior you would expect of a habitual sexual harasser of women.

The woman told The Hill, “she held no resentment about the early 1990s advance because Trump stopped it as soon as she asked him.”

She also said she was “disgusted” to learn that Bloom had initially agreed to defend serial sex molester Harvey Weinstein back in October.

As we discuss in the video below, having largely failed to ensnare Trump on anything damning with the Russian collusion investigation, the political class is set to smear Trump by re-directing the outrage generated by the #MeToo scandal against the president.

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly says fake victims are being offered hundreds of thousands of dollars to publicly assert they were sexually abused by Trump. O’Reilly says that the claims are completely fraudulent but insiders hope the weight of allegations from a number of different women will be enough to force Trump to step down in January.

Some of the accusers who made the rounds before the election are re-appearing, with the media lavishing them with positive coverage despite new claims of Trump’s sexual abuse including asking for one woman’s phone number and calling another woman a rude word.

It is highly unlikely that Trump will step down simply on the basis of accusations alone, but the deep state is hoping that it will generate another cloud that will derail the president’s momentum on his policy agenda and help Democrats perform better in the mid-term elections.
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