Thursday, October 27, 2011

What are they covering up?

Over $7000 dollars to prevent FOAA requests,  does that even make any sense?

By: Peter Reuter
The Lisbon Reporter



Lisbon residents, you have to be smarter then to believe what your Town Manager Stephen G. Eldridge is trying to convince you of.  Does this even pass the “Strait Face Test”? 

If this TRULY is the case then the Town Attorney, Roger Therriault, has to be the most ruthless lawyer in the land.  Not only has he been the representative for Lisbon’s legal battles for too long, but he also has been a key player in the dynamics of the improprieties of  Town  Official’s conduct.
 
Case in point, he was in the Executive Chambers during the Town Council meeting of  February 17, 2009 when Police Chief David T. Brooks expounded about Janice Comber, Todd Comber, Roger Cote, The Lisbon Concerned Citizens, and The Lisbon Reporter.  Not only was ALL of it a LIE and a SHOW but it was entirely based on hearsay evidence presented to him by Debra Danuski.  It had no merit  and we can prove that her credibility is CRAP.  We have a very nicely composed letter from one of her children explaining in detail just what she did when she was in the NAVY. Basically, she abandoned her own  children and lied to the NAVY about her living arrangements.  But she in turn becomes such a kiss-ass and back stabber that she ran to Brooks with information that was overheard at a Lisbon School Board private retreat for their officials.




So as you can see this is getting more and more involved as the time passes.  Let’s back up to the current problem at hand.  The Town Manager.  Remember who was on the  Town Council that unanimously brought this “heathen” into the community?  Norma Wells, Charlie Smith, Dale Crafts, Mike Bowie, Fern LaRochelle, Janet Henry, and  Gina Mason.   Thirteen applicants applied for the job.  Remember  Police Chief David T. Brooks was the interim Town Manager at the time.  As John Jenkins, a great candidate, stated to many that he was not even interviewed for the position.  No, because  Stephen G. Eldridge had been basically fired on a technicality from Rumford and was working for Lewiston at the time all the while sucking up to the Maine Municipal Association who basically turned  him into their “golden boy” all for the likes of Lisbon.   What a great match-up, right?  WRONG.

So elections roll around in November of 2008, and Roger Cote upsets incumbent Charlie Smith by the largest margin (votes) ever recorded in Lisbon’s history.  And ‘Evil Eldridge’ touts in his latest monthly garbage report about how he welcomes and takes around each newly elected Town Councilor.  Ask Roger Cote what he got for an introduction?  ZILCH.  

No he got a verbal display of complete arrogance and stupidity by Lisbon’s Police Chief David T. Brooks.  And then he was sent in front of the Town’s Ethics Panel for conduct unbecoming a public official.  The Ethics Panel concluded that if anything was conducted in that fashion that it was done BEFORE he became an ELECTED Official of the Town of Lisbon.   And whom do you think was one of the biggest mouth pieces at the microphone that evening of  February 17, 2009 coming out to support Brooks and his LIES?  The one that is running for Roger Cote’s Town Council position, Lisa Ward.

Would you all like to see another viewing air of that meeting right here on The Lisbon Reporter?  It can happen very easily.  Isn’t this modern technology great or what?

Now here’s a little tidbit of history concerning  “The Lisbon Concerned Citizens” that is very important.  This group was formed by a bunch of citizens that meet  to discuss ways to improve and get out the information to the residents that was not being presented by the Town Officials, nor were letters written to the Sun Journal getting published.  SO this blog, The Lisbon Reporter was launched on July 8, 2008.  At our second meeting,  Todd Comber asked  Lori Pomelow, who was there with her husband David, if she would take notes for the group.  Which she did.  And those notes just so happened to end up in the hands of  Police Chief David T. Brooks for his presentation that he read verbatim many times during his more then two hour audition for Hollywood, as Councilor Cote told him. 

  
See a connection yet with the issues of Scottsdale Avenue? 

So residents it is up to you to get out and help make changes if you are not satisfied with the current management. 

It seems to me that $7000 for attorney fees as stated by ‘Evil Eldridge’ for Mr. Larry Fillmore’s FOAA requests is quite a bit excessive.

Could it be that there are some other litigating circumstances that the ‘Putz Eldridge’ is not disclosing to YOU, the taxpayer’s of his salary like he should?  He is using Mr. Fillmore as the ‘scapegoat’ when in fact there might be pending grievances filed by some of the Town’s working Unions?

Wake UP People!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Big brave cops shooting at unarmed citizens...... shame

Lisbons Creative Accounting

Lisbon's Creative Accounting System

I have been perusing the “Managers Budget Presentation Fy12"  posted on the town
web site, and have come across some very interesting  FACTS .

 The Municipal Budget Breakdown Chart:
 52.54% of the municipal budget is "Wages and Benefits"

Wages and Benefits Chart:
 Public Safety has 40% of the towns employees. 

If these two numbers are true ,and if the average Police Officer is paid as much
as the average Public Works Worker, then Public Safety wages and benefits alone 
would be over 30% of our total municipal budget or well over 2 Million Dollars.
(This begs the question what is the true total cost of Public Safety?)

How can this be if the Public Safety Chart states Public Safety as a whole is only 21.4%
of the municipal budget? 

The answer lies in our creative (manipulative) accounting system. A large portion of
 the employee cost is transferred to the General Government Accounts in order to
deceive (my opinion) the taxpayer into thinking he is spending far less for specific
departments. 

This type of accounting would tend to diminish the cost of departments with the
most employees.


Although you might think the only real importance to an accounting system is to keep
track of income and expenses, there are actually other factors that require a solid
accounting system. The taxpayers, Department Heads and Councilors rely on data
from the accounting system to make sound financial decisions.

We need to make our municipal accounting system as transparent and as easy to
understand as possible .The public has a right to know where their tax dollars are
really going.

What are your thoughts?

by Joe Hill

How Creative Accounting Hurts YOU

 
Through creative accounting Lisbon Town Gov.
misleads the public into thinking that we pay 
about the same for police protection as other
communities our size. This is far from the truth.


If you check the mil rate adjusted for 100%
valuation you will find that we pay 20 to 30%
more in taxes than other  towns with a population
of 7 to 12 thousand  residents.  Of  the other 
communities listed in the previous posts
mil rate list, only  Lewiston and Auburn have a
a higher adjusted rate...


If there is any doubt that our town taxes are 
excessive just google Topshams town web site and
compare their budget with ours. The major difference
is in the cost of the Police Department.  The money
they save on the Pd enables them to have a mil rate 
over two percentage points lower when adjusted for
comparison. .


What does this mean to the average homeowner?


If you have a home  valued at 200,000 dollars you
will pay over $400 dollars more if it is in Lisbon.


And  to add insult to injury our Town Counselors
have taken way your right  to complain about this 
robbery  at meetings.


Barney & Doc



ELDRIDGE EXPOSES HIMSELF PART 1
 
In the latest town Managerial Report, Town Manager Stephen (Evil) Eldridge exposed the methods he has been utilizing to keep the Town Council and the taxpayer's supporting his and his co-conspirators (Bowie and Brooks) agenda.  I want you to know what he wrote in his article it is completely true up until a point and this is what he does to further their agenda.  I have tried and tried to explain this to the Town Council but Bowie has them wrapped around his finger.  Only Councilor Cote has seen through this smoke screen.



As Eldridge mentions in the article the town has been bombarded with “Freedom of Access Act (FOAA)” by one person and that person is I.  I am not a mushroom, kept in the dark and feed crap.  The town is supposed to be transparent which means the taxpayers have a right to know what these people are doing with our tax dollars.  If you remember correctly, I was not involved until they raised our taxes two years ago.  Since then, I have been trying to find out why the town is spending so much and why we cannot reduce your taxes by reducing spending.  The town clerk and finance director have been extremely helpful in pursuit of the truth, however, when it comes to Chief Brooks and the retirement/rehire policy I was stopped.  Also when I started to look into the Economic Community Development Department’s outstanding loans I was stopped.  This made me very curious so I filed two law suits against the town, which were combined into one, to find out what the town does not want me to know.  The town was ordered by the judge to provide me the information requested on the retirement/rehire and a large portion of the outstanding loans.  It has been a struggle to get this information out of this supposedly transparent government.


There are only two pieces of information missing and that is the “Date of last payment” and the “Amount”.  The reason this it is so important is because the past history of the ECD with the $32,500 misappropriations, the illegal $150,000 dollar loan which has been paid back, and finally a current $200,000 dollar loan which is in question.  According to the article, my pursuit has cost the taxpayer over $7,000 dollars which is probably very true.  What he failed to tell you, this expense was created by the town attorney and Eldridge and not by me.  You see every time the judge issues dates for the attorney’s to have their briefs to her, Roger Therriault has failed to comply causing yet another court appearance.  Roger Therriault is and has been the problem since the beginning by providing bad information to the town.  This was clearly demonstrated by the judge proving me the information in the retirement/rehire suit and all but two parts of the second suit.  Keep in mind, neither Roger Therriault or Stephen Eldridge pay taxes in this town so they could care less about how much it cost.  The town attorney has been utilizing this delaying tactic for years while he rapes the citizens of Lisbon with legal fees.

The proof is in the pudding.  The town was forced to provide all of the information I requested, with the exception of the two pieces still in dispute, because according to the law, I was entitled to it.  This is why I have asked the judge to have the town pay my legal fees.  I am asking for nothing more than what it has cost me to retrieve information I was always entitled too.  



This should have never come to this if the Town Council had done their job and told Eldridge to provide the information, unless they have something to hide.  This situation was created by two factors:  (1) I had the guts to challenge the town; (2) the town is hiding something.  What is it they do not want us to know?

This is the method of operation for Eldridge and Therriault.  Eldridge never presents all the facts; instead only presents the facts to further his agenda and Therriault utilizes delaying tactics to rape the citizen for legal fees.  We need to thank the town manager for finally putting it in writing so the people and hopefully the council can see what he and Therriault are doing to this town.

Stay tuned for Part Two.
Larry Fillmore
Concerned Citizens

Part 2

ELDRIDGE EXPOSED HIMSELF PART 2

This is the second part of the “Eldridge Exposed Himself Part 1”.  I have outlined to you the deception and deceit Eldridge utilizes to manipulate the Town Council and to fool the people.  In his managerial report, he criticizes the people for expressing their feelings on blogs.  He believes the name calling is inappropriate and as he has stated “juvenile”.  I am guilty of this and my take on this is if the shoe fits, shut up and wear it, cry baby.  The terms utilized by myself and other reporters on the Lisbon News and the Lisbon Reporter are accurate.  This problem is the people we criticize know it is a true reflection of what they have done to this town and they deserve every bit of it and more because they are destroying the town of Lisbon. 

If you do not believe me, let me prove it to you.  In the last year alone, the assessment dbase has been removed from the town web site; the people have lost the right to speak out on agenda items after the sponsors have explained it to the council and prior to the council voting on agenda items; there is no transparency in the town government; the bid process was removed from the town web site; we are not provided the agenda and documents for workshops; the minutes of the town council meeting leave off critical questions and answers because they do not favor the management of the town; they have misappropriated Economic Community Development funds and cannot find the money or who to blame; and they are forever hiding vital facts from the town council and the citizens of Lisbon. Can you imagine for one minute, the Chief of Police cannot conduct a thorough enough of an investigation to get a conviction on $32,500 being misappropriated? 

 





Eldridge states there is only a small group of people which share our concerns in the town but he had better think again.  There are a few of us that are not intimidated by Brooks and Bowie and point out the facts.  My writings on the Lisbon News and the Lisbon Reporter was perpetrated by Councilor Pomelow taking away the citizens right to speak out on agenda items prior to a vote.  This was directed by Bowie as a way to censor the people from knowing what is truly going on with these agenda items.  Requiring citizens to address agenda items before the item has been fully explained clearly demonstrates the ignorance of Pomelow and the rest of the council who voted for the changes to the council working rules.  The blogs Eldridge refers to in his article are the result and the only place concerned citizens have to express their feelings. 

I have always provided the readers of the Lisbon News and the Lisbon Reporter with cold hard facts and only facts.  I have always and will always provide all the facts and will not spin the facts to support my side of an agenda.  I have asked the council on numerous occasions to make sure they have all the facts and not just the ones presented to them by Eldridge before making a decision.  This has never happened because Eldridge always covers it up and never before puts it on paper.  This managerial report clearly outlines the tactics Eldridge has been using to manipulate the people and the town council. 

If you want to know the truth on any issue, read about it in the Lisbon News and the Lisbon Reporter because what you get out of the town council and the town manager is only what they want you to know.  There is no transparency in Lisbon and never will be until the town is rid of Brooks, Bowie and Eldridge.  Eldridge’s own admission in his managerial report, demonstrates how expertly he spins the facts and the truth.  I do not blame the town council for the deceit and deception in the town of Lisbon but I do blame them for not being able to see through the crap Eldridge has been feeding them for the past few years.

Thank you very much Evil Eldridge for publishing the managerial report and allowing me to expose how you spin the facts for your own agenda.

 



I believe I have provided the citizens and the town council with irrefutable evidence of the lengths Eldridge goes to, to keep the town council and the citizens of Lisbon in the dark by feeding them crap.

Larry Fillmore
Concerned Citizen

Sun Journal to offer online forums on ballot questions | Sun Journal

Sun Journal to offer online forums on ballot questions | Sun Journal

Cops seek clues after body found in storage | Sun Journal

Cops seek clues after body found in storage

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lisbon's New Business Directory

Lisbon  has a new Business Directory on the town wed site. If you have a business in Lisbon or are searching for a local business you may want to check this site.  http://mygovhelp.info/lisboneme/_cs/supporthome.aspx?sSessionID

CDC caught in blatant lies about pandemics and vaccines

CDC caught in blatant lies about pandemics and vaccines

Cellphone users may face more radiation risks | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

Cellphone users may face more radiation risks The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

State House Notebook: Hair-braiding bill gets look by lawmakers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Whats next a regulation on breathing?



State House Notebook: Hair-braiding bill gets look by lawmakers The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Auburn city manager removed from post | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Auburn city manager removed from post The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Occupy Wall Street: "Enforce the Laws for the 99%"

Occupy Wall Street: "Enforce the Laws for the 99%"

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Council Of Puppets


A COUNCIL OF PUPPETS
I truly am embarrassed to acknowledge several members of the Town Council. These individuals are too stupid to know when they are being played by Councilor Bowie.

Let’s take for instances Councilor Mason. During a workshop discussion of the Western Maine Transportation, Lisbon Connection, she asked "What do the buses look like?" This individual is representing this community and the senior citizen in it and has no clue what the buses look like. Marvelous, just plain marvelous! Look at the town council meetings and the input Mason provides. It is either about Moxie Day or some upcoming event in the town. Mason is the "Social Director" for the council. She never has any worthwhile input for the council on real issues.

Next, let’s take a look at Councilor Pomelow. I personally do not believe she has ever had a single thought of her own. If Bowie did not conduct a pre-meeting before the town council meetings she would be lost for words. I believe it was Bowie who ordered Pomelow to rewrite the Council Working Rules to silence the residents from speaking on agenda items during the discussion of each item. She wrote it and screwed it up so bad Evil Eldridge had to take it over after approximately four months. It still is not right but what else would you expect from Eldridge.

Councilor LaRochelle is making money hand and fist off the town so he does whatever he is told to do. Let’s see now; he has purchased several town properties for a song; he has the towing contract and he does repairs on town vehicles. Why is the world would he want to jeopardize all of this? Think of the income he would lose.

Councilor Bowie manipulates the council to ensure the police have anything Brooks needs in order to keep his wife employed. He is the senior councilor and instead of providing honest guidance he leads these other councilors for his own agenda. He sits in the back ground and plays stupid when in fact he is pulling the strings all the time. If you do not believe this look at the meeting and discussion on the reevaluation contract for the town. Pomelow and LaRochelle stated they would like more information on the process and when, and only when it looked like the issue was going to be tabled, Bowie stepped in to save the day by making a motion to vote on the issue. Both Pomelow and LaRochelle voted with Bowie to award the contract to VanTuinen. Bowie pulls the strings and they jump into action.

The latest rendition of this very corrupt council is forcing residents to pay for the handouts for workshops. Have you ever been to a Public Meeting where you were not handed documents in order for you to follow along? These documents enable you to understand the discussions even if you cannot say anything during the briefing. I have to pay $13.00 for a copy of the handouts for the last two workshops because "the council" according to Chairman Lunt did not want to provide the handouts to residents who attend these workshops. Keep in mind, I requested at the last town council meeting these documents be posted to the town web site just like the town does for actual council meetings. That way, the town would not have to waste paper on the residents. The residents could printout whatever they wanted.

These are the four councilors who always vote together and are solely responsible for the condition the town is in right now. We cannot get rid of them on a recall so the next time they come up for reelection vote them out! Let’s break up Bowie and the puppets.Larry Fillmore
Concerned Citizen

Breaking: 30 Citibank customers arrested for closing their account

Breaking: 30 Citibank customers arrested for closing their account

Mortgage Backed Securities for Dummies

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/MBS4dummies.php

Friday, October 14, 2011

An Accident Waiting to Happen

CITIZEN’S PUT AT RISK

On the ballot in June 2011, there was a bond issue to repair the bridge and road on Fisher Road.  The bond passed and the money was appropriated to repair both the road and the bridge.  This bridge was in such poor shape the town was concerned with the state closing the road.  However, they were not concerned enough to take any action to protect or post warning signs for vehicles traveling on this road.  Today, I traveled on the Fisher Road to see for myself the improvements on the bridge and road and was shocked to learn nothing had been done.  I am including three pictures of the condition of the bridge and road today.



It is the primary responsibility of Evil Eldridge and his golden boy, Ryan Leighton, to put in motion the task of repairing the bridge and road.  Once again, these two individuals have neglected the residents of Lisbon by failing to post warning signs or getting the bridge and road repaired.  This lack of concerned for the residents of Lisbon and other individuals who utilize the Fisher Road is distressing.  God forbid the bridge goes out or falls down and causes injuries to anyone.


Does the Town of Lisbon have to wait until the incompetence of Eldridge or Leighton causes a fatality before this Town Council takes action to remove these two individuals?   The next question is where is the money taxpayers appropriated for this project and why has nothing been down.  I understood the money to repair the bridge was appropriated last year and the bond added more money to include the repair of the road.  In any case, the funding has been there since June and the bridge is deteriorating rapidly as indicated by the pictures below.




 Citizens of Lisbon stop hiding in the corner and come out and voice your concerns at the next Town Council meeting, Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7:00 PM at the Town Office.

Larry Fillmore
Concerned Citizens

Press TV Taken Off Air In UK – War For Freedom Of Speech Now On :

Press TV Taken Off Air In UK – War For Freedom Of Speech Now On :

November 8th Ballot Questions


                           Question 8    (NO)

On November 8th the residents of Lisbon will be asked to vote on 8 changes to the Lisbon Charter and also give guidance to the council by answering one advisory question.

Of these changes question 8 dealing with revising the recall procedures for removing a councilor is by far the most important and potentially the most devastating change proposed by the council.

In my opinion, the existing recall barrier that requires
voter turnout to be 30 percent of the turnout of the last presidential or gubernatorial election is almost mathematically impossible to hurdle. Making it even more difficult for the public to remove an undesirable councilor is not the answer. This will only make councilors less
responsive to the wishes of their constituents.

If the Council really wants to improve the recall procedure, they should remove the existing 30 percent barrier and abide by the wishes of the majority vote.

If we pass question 8 we will in effect be ending our own ability to remove an unsuitable councilor.
 
I will be voting “NO” on all 8 questions and approving only the advisory question. I want to keep control in the hands of the people.
 
Respectfully
F.E. Stacey 

Earthquakes around Hoover Dam

You are being lied to by the government, thousands will die, and millions will suffer

The rarely-seen upstream face of Hoover Dam, M...
Image via Wikipedia
By James Smith
10 Oct 2011
There exists a potential that thousands of people will die and millions more without power, and the US Government doesn’t care. There are news agencies that know about this and won’t tell you.
Well then, let me tell you.

It started right after the Fukishima Earthquake in March of 2011. I went to the USGS Event Notification Service and told them I wanted to be emailed at every quake that registered


Read more: http://pprnnews.com/2011/10/10/you-are-being-lied-to-by-the-government-thousands-will-die-and-millions-will-suffer/#ixzz1alXSvg2H

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vote on charter changes

BEWARE CHARTER CHANGES

Citizens of Lisbon beware of this year’s ballot; it contains charter changes which are detrimental to Lisbon and you. These changes were not created by an independent Charter Commission but by the Town Council themselves or should I say Bowie (Puppet Master) and Evil Eldridge. Every one of these changes serves to advance the agenda of Bowie and Eldridge. Below I will try and explain each one to you:

Question 1 – The charter today allows the town to legally steal your property and what this question is asking if you want them to legally steal your personal property as well.

Question 2 – The change is trying to clarify the time limits are tolled during court review. The court system is such there cannot be any time limits because the court determines when and where they review cases. The town is trying to kill petitions and force residents to start over again.

Question 3 – This is my all-time favorite. This question promotes cronyism. This gives the power to the town manager (Evil Eldridge) to hire or promotes anyone of the good old boys. This also makes it legal for him to hire less qualified individuals over highly qualified individuals. You know like hiring Ryan Leighton who is not a licensed professional engineer with the state of Maine or Chief Sean Galipeau who does not have a Bachelor’s degree as required by most Fire Chief’s in Maine. In both cases the town hired them with the condition they get their respective education and neither one has done so. Do we really want to give the town manager the power to hire less than qualified individuals? My answer is no I want to stop the "Good Old Boys" game.

Question 4 – This question is as dumb as they are because the State of Maine required town assessors’ be certified by the state so why do we need to add it to the charter?

Question 5 – The Town Council appoints a Board of Assessment Review Board but in its absence the council can perform the tasks. Why even appoint a Board of Assessment Review Board in the first place? Bowie and Eldridge want the power to take over this function. The purpose of an independent body was to ensure we have no conflict of interest and residents receive a fair assessment review. Now they want to take this away. Control and power is what they are asking the residents to relinquish.

Question 6 – This is a very interesting question. Actually it should read "How in the world or under what circumstances would a capital expenditure be allowed to lapse?" If the citizens took the time to approve the monies for a project or capital gain how is it possible to have that funds lapse. The only reason for a capital expenditure to lapse is if management is not doing their job or misappropriation of funds. I cannot believe Bowie and Eldridge think the residents are that stupid.
Question 7 – I do not know about you but I am not an accountant genius. I cannot tell you what this says but I can tell you this, if Bowie and Eldridge are involved it cannot be good for the town of Lisbon. Look at the other seven questions and then ask yourself "with their track record can this be good of me?" My answer is no way.

Question 8 – This is another of my very favorite. This question deals with the recall procedure. Bowie and Eldridge are asking the residents to add additional hurdles to remove a councilor. This is entirely useless to begin with because there is no way possible to recall a councilor now; adding more requirements makes no sense. There is no way to recall a councilor in the town of Lisbon because there is no way to get 30% of voters who voted in the last gubernatorial elections to come out in vote in a regular election yet a special election. This is the safe guard built into the charters to save councilors just like it did with Bowie. The majority of voters voted to remove Bowie at the Special Election but there were not 30% of the voters required so Bowie remains councilor even through the majority of voters who voted wanted him removed.
As you can see, these Charter Changes are meant to provide the town council and town manager with additional power and control over the citizen of the town of Lisbon. This is not a good thing and when you go to the polls on November 8th vote NO on all these questions.

Fake breast exams

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Harpswell removes restriction on public comments | Sun Journal

Lisbon Council Take Notice: Censorship of
opposing views doesn't work.

Harpswell removes restriction on public comments -

Bowdoin installs Earth-friendly roof | Sun Journal

Bowdoin installs Earth-friendly roof

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Massabesic High School teacher arrested | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Massabesic High School teacher arrested The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

BIW worker injured when forklift tire explodes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

BIW worker injured when forklift tire explodes The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

10 major stories ignored by mainstream media

In an age of blogs, tweets, hacks and piles of beans spilled by WikiLeaks, the notion of media censorship may seem dated.
But the rundown of stories Project Censored calls attention to this year serves as a reminder that mainstream media outlets favoring the superficial over the substantive don’t give us all the information we need.
Since 1976, Project Censored has endeavored to spotlight important news articles that didn’t find their way into mainstream headlines. Originating with a classroom assignment at Sonoma

more here---

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lisbon's Web Site

LISBON WEB SITE

The Town of Lisbon web site provides citizens with information to keep them informed or does it? Information technology provides the mean to keep individuals informed up-to-date on pertinent issues. Web sites are a cost effective method to inform vast number of people at the same time. However, the information provided is only as good as the person responsible for updating the web site.

In the town of Lisbon, the web site is maintained by the Town Engineer, Ryan Leighton and the responsibility of keeping it current is the Chief Administrative Officer, Stephen (Evil) Eldridge. The web site has a great deal of value and is already configured to provide citizen with valuable information. One such function would be to post the Bids/RFP’s. This is when items go out for bid and it is supposed to inform the public when the bids will be opened. The opening of the bids in public is to ensure the process in on the up and up. It is also required by Purchase Policy of the town.

The last bid which went out approximately three weeks ago and was never posted on the town web site. What else was not posted was the time and place the sealed bids would be open publicly. I have no idea why we would create a web site (which cost the taxpayer money) and then not utilize it for what it was intended. My only explanation is once again the management of the town (Eldridge) does not want people to know what is going on in this town. Remember there is no transparency of government in Lisbon.

Take for instance the Agenda for Town Council meeting and workshops. The people of Lisbon had to beg the Town Council to post the agenda on Friday with the supporting documents so the residents had time to research these items in order to speak intelligently during the Audience Participation of the meeting. This is working out very very well but the workshop agenda is never posted and there is no supporting documentation. I asked for this at the last council meeting. This is not rocket science but management wants to keep the people in the dark. "No transparency in Lisbon" is the motto of Evil Eldridge, Bowie and the puppets.

At what point should the people put a stop to this injustice. We need to change the management of this town. Get rid of Eldridge and in 2012 get rid of Bowie and the puppets. It is not too soon to make our wishes known.

Larry Fillmore
Concerned Citizen

Police Dept. giving tickets to people that support Occupy Seattle

Friday, October 7, 2011

Lisbon Falls man writes of adventures in Deep Cove | Sun Journal

Lisbon Falls man writes of adventures in Deep Cove | Sun Journal

Michael Moore on Occupy Wall Street

Topless women at Occupy Wall Street

http://pushedleft.blogspot.com/2011/10/put-those-things-away-ladies-this-isnt.html

Last nights Council Meeting


Tuesdays Council Meeting was a sad night for Lisbon.

After decades of public service to the town of Lisbon Fay Brown informed the Council she could no longer work with the current town administration. Her resignation, from the Green Thumb Gang, was colorfully submitted in the form of a beautiful plant perfectly manicured to resemble the infamous single digit salute.

A number of councilors acknowledged and thanked her for her years of dedicated service to Lisbon. Faye also received a resounding round of applause from the audience.

Lisbon cannot afford to alienate her hardworking volunteers.I feel an investigation needs to be done to find  and correct the problems that lead to the loss of one of Lisbons long time volunteers.
 
Thank You Faye for all the beauty you have brought to the
median strips and gardens of Lisbon.

F.E, Stacey
 
 
 
 
 

Senior Citizens Occupy Wall Street

The rise of the silver protester: Now senior citizens and veterans take to the streets in Occupy Wall Street demonstrations

  • 28 arrested after another night of violence on the streets of New York
  • Washington protesters build on momentum of New York
  • Video of cop boasting he looks forward to using nightstick sparks furious reaction among protesters
  • Protesters


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2046314/Occupy-Wall-Street-The-rise-silver-protester.html#ixzz1a6zq1PPq

Council Meeting Recap Oct 4

RECAP OCT 4

Tuesday’s night Town Council meeting was an extremely sad day for the Lisbon Community.  Faye Brown, Green Thumb Gang, informed the council she was finished as a volunteer taking care of the garden for the community.  Ms. Brown cited the total lack of support from the management of the town.  She presented a very appropriate plant to the town manager.  Ladies and gentlemen, this is a must see so turn into the Town Council meeting viewing now on Channel 7 at 7:00 PM on Friday night.  Faye was first to speak so you do not have to sit through a lot to witness this devastating event.

There was an excellent presentation on Fisheries in Maine by Andrew Goode.

Liza Ward spoke for a senior citizen about the Western Maine Transportation bus.  This was discussed at the last workshop and the council is working on this problem.  As it turns out, there will be a workshop on October 25th to discuss this very issue with the management of the bus line.

Ryan Leighton presented the bids ordered by the council at the last meeting.  The bids were higher and the lowest bidder has asked to curtain the project until next spring.  The council votes to reject the bids and put the project off until next spring.

The council voted to approve the warrant on Charter Changes on the ballet in November.

The council adopted the amendment to the Purchase Order Policy. 

The council approved a motion to open the bid process for the demolition of 3 Village Street and to utilize Undesignated Funds to pay for it.

On October 11, 2011 there will be a Workshop to discuss:
                                 Streetlights
                                 Fireworks Ordinance
                                 Marijuana  Dispenser

Councilor Mason, Social Director for the council, announced the first Moxie Day meeting for next year had been held.  Councilor Mason asked for more volunteers for upcoming events.

At this point, the meeting took a drastic turn of events.  It was supposed to be an Executive Session on Personnel Matters.  Councilor Cote asked the council do this in public but Councilor LaRochelle said he was in possession of a letter and it’s contents needed to be reviewed by the council in private.  Chairman Lunt announced the council would go into closed session to discuss if they were going to do whatever in public.  So the majority waited for the council to return so we could be briefed on what was taking place. When the council returned and went back into session.  One of the councilors made a motion to adjourn, it was seconded and voted to adjourn.  Once again, the public waited for the council to brief us and they did not; wasting more of the public’s time.

I want to express my heart filled appreciation for the more than fifty years of dedication and faithful volunteer service to the Lisbon community by Faye Brown.  It is a crime the community lost a valuable asset because of the mismanagement by the town manager.

Larry Fillmore
Concerned Citizen

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Lisbon Reporter: WHY A DOUBLE STANDARD FOR STEALING MONEY IN LISBON...

The Lisbon Reporter: WHY A DOUBLE STANDARD FOR STEALING MONEY IN LISBON...: Mark Stevens, Do you have a double standard in the Recreation Department? Why is Eva Noddin charged with stealing in excess of $1000.00 w...

Chicago Traders Respond To Protesters With Signs Reading ‘We Are The 1%’

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Thought of the Day


Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns!  ~Allison Gappa Bottke

"The Prevailing Debate Among Economists and Historians is Whether the World Economy Faces the 'Great' Depression of the 1930s or the 'Long' Depression of the 1870s"

"The Prevailing Debate Among Economists and Historians is Whether the World Economy Faces the 'Great' Depression of the 1930s or the 'Long' Depression of the 1870s"

Lisbon town worker charged with theft | Sun Journal

AUBURN — A Lisbon Recreation Department worker was charged with theft from the town, according to documents in Androscoggin County Superior Court.

Eva Noddin, 43, of Lewiston appeared in 8th District Court in Lewiston last week on the theft by unauthorized taking charge. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison. She is accused of stealing more than $1,000 of town money.


Lisbon town worker charged with theft Sun Journal

NJ Police Kill A Man Then Stifle First Amendment – Unleash Riot Police On Crowd Including Children

NJ Police Kill A Man Then Stifle First Amendment – Unleash Riot Police On Crowd Including Children

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thought of the Day


Ethics Panel not very busy:
According to chapter 12 of our Town Charter--- Any citizen that believes a public official is involved in unethical behavior needs to obtain a nonexistant petition from the Town Clerk and have 25 citizens sign that imaginary petition in order to have the Ethics Panel  investigate.


I wonder how many investigations have been initiated by this procedure?

by Doc






GLARING CONFLICT OF INTEREST

WE SHALL SEE
I have sent an email to all members of the Town Council requesting the immediate removal of Councilor Bowie for violating the Town Councils own ruling back in 2009 pertaining to Bowie’s conflict of interest. Bowie has been involved with the Lewiston/Auburn 911 project, the Communications Center Consolidation project and currently sits on the County Budget Committee. All of these issues have a direct or indirect bearing on Bowie’s wife employment and financial situation, since she works for the Lisbon Police Department.

A blind person can easily see this is another conflict of interest. So the real question is "Will this Town Council have the guts, integrity, and the conscience to do the right thing and remove Bowie as a Councilor?" Remember it has to be all six councilors voting to remove Bowie. This is a big challenge for this council because at least four and possibly five are Bowie’s puppets. This vote will show the true colors of our Councilors. Anyone, who votes NOT to remove Bowie, will certainly not be someone with integrity or a conscience. This vote should be a public vote so every resident can see the makeup of the council.
 There is no question Bowie has violated the conflict of interest rule of our Charter and the advisory recommendations of the Ethics Panel in 2009 which were adopted by the Town Council, again. Since, this is a violation of the Town Council’s ruling; it is the responsibility of the Council to police one of their own.

The citizens of Lisbon need to pay attention to the vote by the town council. It will demonstrate who will place the best interest of the town ahead of personal feelings. It will also point out the councilors who are part of the problem and not the solution. This is a critical point for Lisbon and anyone who votes NOT to remove Bowie needs to be off this council the next time they come around for reelection.

Will this council hide behind closed doors and cover this up or will they be honest with the citizens of Lisbon and put this to a vote in public.

Larry Fillmore
Concerned Citizen

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thought of the day

"A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny."------- Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Stonewalled by Town Officials

 

STONEWALLED

On September 29th, 2011, I sent an email to Chairman David Bowie of the Town Ethics Panel requesting the Ethics Panel investigate a conflict of interest against Councilor Bowie for his discussion and participation in the Lewiston/Auburn 911 project and the Consolidation of the Communication Center project.  Chairman Bowie replied on the same day directing me to the procedures outlined in our Town Charter.  Since my email, I have also learned that Councilor Bowie sits on the County Budget Committee.

The procedure is for me to go to the Town Clerk and take out a petition and obtain 25 signatures before it can be reviewed by the Ethics Panel.  I went to the town office today at approximately 09:15 AM and requested the petition from the Town Clerk.

I was informed by the town clerk; she did not have a petition for this situation.  According to the town clerk, there is no such form/petition available and she would have to create one and get it approved by the council.  She also stated she would prepare the form/petition and once it was approved she would contact me to pick it up.

I believe this was a delaying tactic utilized by the town clerk because she had no clue what she should do because it involved a councilor.  I say this because in 2008 and 2009 Councilor Bowie was involved in the same thing.  Also, in 2009 the Ethics Panel made a recommendation on Councilor Bowie for the same issue; conflict of interestSo, why is there no form/petition available now?  If the procedure is outlined in the Town Charter why in the world would you have to create a form/petition now?

I want to apologize to our loyal citizens who were waiting for me to show at Rite Aid this morning.  I will be there as soon as the town office issues me the form/petition.  I have no idea when they will stop playing games with me.  I cannot guarantee I will have the form/petition with me at the Transfer Station tomorrow.  I will post it on the Lisbon Reporter once I have the correct documents for your signature.

Larry Fillmore
Concerned Citizen


Sunday, October 2, 2011

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Thimerosal is a widely used vaccine preservative that is present in the majority of flu shots and other vaccines. Thimerosal is

What Occupy Wall Street is all about.

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments

. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one's skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.


To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.