November 9, 2008
Re: My Ward 3 Alderman, Peter Sullivan, ripped up my newspaper and threw it in the trash on the evening of Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at MCAM TV23.
On the afternoon through evening of Wednesday, 11/5/2008, I used the MCAM TV23 public computers to Blog. Sitting besides me for most of the time was my candidate for Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire, Glenn Oullette, with whom I discussed local, state and national politics with as I blogged about the same political issues.
About 10 minutes prior to Glenn Oullette's call in local TV show with my Ward 3 Alderman Peter Sullivan, I said "hello" to Mr Sullivan. I had my Manchester Express newspaper with me and asked Mr Sullivan about the following essay by my friend Joe Kelly Levasseur:
The Manchester Express, Page 3, November 3 - 9, 2008
"POLITICS THIS WEEK"
By Joe Kelly Levasseur, Express Columnist
"Will Alderman Peter Sullivan's dirty laundry go to the Conduct Board? Sullivan admittedly abused his power by retaliating against a local laundry operator. The owner waited an extra hour, but Sullivan came too late. For revenge, Sullivan, who sits on the parking committee, admittedly her street sign request. Mayor Frank Guinta is NOT amused with Sullivan's admitted power-play and will ask the City Solicitor for advice."
In front of Glenn Oullette, Peter Sullivan made multiple requests to see my newspaper prior to him answering my inquiry. I finally handed Mr Sullivan my newspaper and then he replied to me, "Here is what I think about what your friend Joe Kelly Levasseur wrote about the incident in question." Then, Peter Sullivan proceeded to rip my newspaper into 5 pieces and threw it in the trash.
Peter Sullivan and I argued about all of these issues -- Saturday Parking, the Asian-American local laundry operator, Joe Kelly Levasseur -- at which point, Glenn Oullette said to both of us that we should both stop arguing. I responded to Glenn Oullette's request, and the incident almost ended. I sat back down at my computer and Peter Sullivan taunted me with the following remarks: "Ask your friend Joe Kelly Levasseur how Joe Kenney's party went last night." Note: John Lynch won re-election as NH's Governor by a wide margin against Joe Kenney last night. "Ask your friend Joe Kelly Levasseur how Harold "Red" Wheeler's party went last night." Note: James Hardy won re-election as Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Sheriff last night.
I told Peter Sullivan that while I am friends with Joe Kelly Levasseur (& Calum McNeil, too), he is still my Ward 3 representative and he should not mistreat me this way.
I was told by Joe Kelly Levasseur that Mr Sullivan has denied the incident, including ripping my newspaper up and throwing it into the trash. Mr Levasseur also told me that Mr Sullivan made a complaint against me to the MCAM TV23 director.
~Manchester's most PERSECUTED public citizen!~
POLICE ABUSE in Manchester, New Hampshire!
I am also a victim of Manchester Police Officer John Cunningham's ILLEGAL USES of FORCE!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 8:25 PM
Re: On Peter Sullivan & RAXX;...
In reply to Peter Sullivan or one of his apologist, you are messing with the wrong person when it comes to politics. I WILL ALWAYS SPEAK MY GOOD CONSCIENCE AS LONG AS I LIVE! Just ask Andrea F Nuciforo II (aka "Luciforo"):
See Jonathan Melle's STAND against Nuciforo!www.jonathanmelleonpolitics.blogspot.com/2007/10/andrea-f-nuciforo-jr-luciforo-devilish.html
I am NOT sorry, Peter Sullivan, that I am NOT Roy Arsenault, who is the owner of RAXX bar & billiards on (North) Elm Street in Manchester, NH. I know that Peter Sullivan takes his marching orders from Roy Arsenault and he has a free office at RAXX where he collects campaign contributions. To understand my Ward 3 Alderman, Peter Sullivan, all I have to do is understand what Roy Arsenault of RAXX wants done. Peter Sullivan is a man without conscience. And his attacks on me and my friends Joe Kelly Levasseur and Calum McNeil show Peter Sullivan to be a man without decency, too!
- Jonathan Melle
Re: On Peter Sullivan & his ONE-SIDED view of politics!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 3:31 PM
Re: Peter Sullivan is NOT truthful, but he is INTIMIDATING!
You DID rudely rip up my newspaper & then you DID throw it in the trash without apology to me on the evening of Wednesday, 11/5/2008.
You need to apologize and retract your rude and intimidating behavior towards me.
I did not post that comment, nor did Roy or anyone else in my social circle.
You need to apologize and retract your statement.
"City Hall: Some Dems upset over Gregg's name on bridge"
By SCOTT BROOKS, New Hampshire Union Leader Staff
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008
Sometimes an idea that just might save the city money gets tossed into the proverbial refuse pile.
It's almost certainly happened in Manchester, for one reason or another. Which raises the question: Might yesterday's garbage smell any better now that the city really needs the cash?
There are at least a few musty, old ideas that are getting another look in these days of recession. One of them, trotted out last week, is pay-as-you-throw trash disposal.
The idea, which has been shot down several times over the past 12 years, is to stop paying for waste disposal with tax dollars and to start charging people according to the amount of trash they toss.
Kristen Brown, a consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, told a panel of aldermen Monday the program would encourage people to throw out less and recycle more. She said it has the potential to shave $1.4 million off the city's annual waste budget while bringing in between $500,000 and $4 million in bag sale revenues.
"Every community that gets it done is so glad they did," she said.
Former Mayor Bob Baines was a big proponent of bag-and-tag, as he used to call it. He pushed the concept in his 2004 inaugural address but dropped it because the "political will" wasn't there.
Critics have argued the public wouldn't stomach having to pay a fee to toss its refuse. Some make a case that littering would increase.
Alderman Ed Osborne persisted in his doubts last Monday, telling Brown, "It's just hard for me to swallow this right now and believe it."
Mayor Frank Guinta was an opponent of bag-and-tag when he was an alderman. An aide, Mark Laliberte, said Guinta is now willing to consider it.
A betting man probably wouldn't put money on a turnaround this year. Still, one thing the aldermen have made quite clear is the city needs to cut expenses before another budget crisis threatens to swallow the government whole. This may be one reason some taxpayers are rallying around another old idea: a city spending cap.
It also helps explain all the recent talk about departmental mergers, and it's why Alderman Mark Roy says he plans to make a renewed push to sell off some unused city properties.
"You're going to see a lot of old programs coming forward that may not have made sense three or five years ago," Roy said, "but they'll be back."
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PET PROJECT: State Rep. Jane Beaulieu wasn't always opposed to opening a dog park on Bass Island.
"I think a small dog park, an incubator, is a great idea," she wrote earlier this year in an e-mail to Phil Greazzo, chairman of the Manchester Dog Park Association. "The need is there and it would be the first in the city."
Beaulieu, who stood in opposition when Greazzo pitched the dog park concept in City Hall last Tuesday, explained in an interview she was initially open to the idea of a temporary dog park on the West Side island but later determined it wouldn't work. She also said she spoke to some aldermen and other city officials and realized "the support wasn't there."
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BALLOT HOUND: Beaulieu said she smells an ulterior motive behind Greazzo's campaign for canines.
"I know the goal is for political gain," she said. "That's why he wants to have the park on the West Side, because that's where he's from and it would look good for election time."
Greazzo, a Republican who has run unsuccessfully for alderman and state rep, says he probably will challenge George Smith again for the Ward 10 alderman's seat next year. But that's got nothing to do with Fido.
"I just find causes I believe in, and I get involved with them," Greazzo said.
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WHAT'S IN A NAME?: The Granite Street Bridge will be named after Sen. Judd Gregg, much to the dismay of some city Democrats.
Guinta convinced the aldermen last Tuesday to name the downtown bridge for Gregg in recognition of the nearly $15 million the Republican senator helped secure for the project.
One alderman voted against it, and he didn't do it quietly.
"I'm uncomfortable with this," Alderman Peter Sullivan, a Democrat, told his colleagues. "I don't think it's appropriate to name it after someone who is currently in office, who is most likely to be seeking reelection in the next biennium."
The name didn't set well with former state Democratic Party chair Kathy Sullivan, either. Sullivan chastised the mayor for bringing the proposal forward at the very end of the meeting, without giving the public time to respond.
As for Gregg -- well, he earmarked some money. So what?
"That's his job," Sullivan said. "I mean, big deal!"
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BIRTHDAY BOY: Executive Councilor Ray Wieczorek will be toasted -- and, we've been promised, thoroughly roasted -- at a catered reception Wednesday night in recognition of his 80th birthday, as well as his 50-plus years in public service.
Organizers say they expect 150 to 200 people to turn out for the Wiz's big night, which is being held at the Verizon Wireless Arena (or as some Republicans are calling it, "The House that Ray Built.") Tickets are $60 per person, or $100 per couple.
It was supposed to be a surprise party, according to one organizer, Siobhan Tautkus, but apparently word got out. We're just speculating here, but maybe that's because the details are plastered all over the Internet.
It's been a top news item on the city Republican Web site for weeks, and there's even a site created just for the event, www.tributetoray.com.
Tautkus said she didn't think the Wiz would find out.
"He's 80 years old," she told us. "You think he goes online and checks that MRC Web site? I don't think so."
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GLENN FOR MAYOR: It seems the 2009 mayoral race is already under way, with one candidate now out of the gate.
Public-access TV personality and perennial aldermanic candidate Glenn Ouellette was due to launch his campaign for mayor yesterday with a float in the city Christmas parade.
"All we know is that people are going be on it, singing Christmas carols, and he's also going to be handing out postcards," Sam Appleton, of Intown Manchester, told us a few days before the parade. "Originally, he came in saying something about trying to erect a sculpture of City Hall tower, but I think that took a little more manpower than he realized."
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A CRIME OF PASSION: Alderman Ted Gatsas insists he isn't a criminal. He's just . . . well, passionate.
Gatsas cited his "passion" three times at last Tuesday's meeting while attempting to explain why he recently voted to dole out $17,000 to the homeowners on Crosbie Street.
The residents have asked for the money so they can fix their private sewer pump, which was damaged in the September flood.
They might have gotten it, except the city solicitor, Tom Clark, had repeatedly warned the aldermen it would be illegal to spend public money on a private project.
Gatsas was one of three aldermen who voted for the measure anyway.
"I know he takes his job very seriously," Gatsas said of the solicitor Tuesday. "I take mine very seriously -- sometimes, over-passionately."
Clark conceded Gatsas' vote wasn't a "criminal act." But, he said, "You would have been acting unlawfully, yes."
That seemed to be good enough for Gatsas.
"So," he said, "our passions are different."
Read Scott Brooks' coverage of Manchester City Hall during the week in the New Hampshire Union Leader. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don't agree with you much of the time but this is the exception. I would add another name to that deserving list. U.S. Army Sargent Zachary Tellier, West High Class of 1994. He died in Afganistan September 29, 2007. There was just a recent article about him, in the UL, being inducted into the National Honor Society.
- John, Manchester
Shannon and Pat, I have a question for you.
Which of these three people is most deserving of being honored by the city?
1. Judd Gregg, a career politician who has never lived in Manchester.
2. Officer Michael Briggs, who lost his life protecting and serving our community.
3. Lance Corporal Adam Brooks, a 2003 Central High graduate who lost his life to enemy fire in Iraq, the first Manchester resident to die in that conflict.
- Alderman Peter M. Sullivan, Manchester
In case you did not know, our Senator Judd Gregg has never lost an election. Congressman from 81-89, governor from 89-93, senator from 93 to present. On Oct 20, 2005, he won $853,492 in a Powerball, five out of six number quikpik.
Without a doubt, Senator Gregg will go on to win reelection in November 2010, and this Manchester bridge, name honorarium is a reward that he richly deserves.
Goodbye and good luck, Senator Powerball!
- Walter, Meredith, NH
The city already DOES charge you to take away your trash, just as they charge you to plow the streets, arrest criminals, educate kids, etc. The funds that pay for these services come from you, the taxpayer. The only people who benefit from rejecting bag-and-tag are those who throw away more trash than their neighbors. This additional trash disposal isn't free - those neighbors pay for it. Bag-and-tag allows you to choose to keep throwing everything away, as long as you're willing to pay for it. If you're not, then recycling is an option.
You cite a recession and a tax increase in your first point, and then suggest paying people to recycle. Where do you think this payment would come from?
- Mark, Rochester
No Eileen, you live in Hooksett, you don't get to name it anything.
- Scott, Manchester
Let me get this straight. McCain, top of the Repub ticket in '08, campaigned on a 'no pork' platform. Then the Manch Repubs name a bridge for a Senator who brought pork $ to town. They hypocrisy is too blatant to be funny. Surely there are those far more deserving of the naming honor: Officer Briggs? Our fallen war heroes? The taxpayers of Manch? But go ahead, name the bridge for a sitting Senator. Egads. When he fails in a re-election bid we can nickname the span "Loser Bridge".
- Eileen, Hooksett
Jane Beaulieu has shown her true colors with her statement about why the Dog Park no longer has her support: "The political support isn't there." - forget about the West Side resident who could use the park...if the political support (read: George Smith) isn't there for the cause, she doesn't consider it worth fighting for. How delightful of her.
Phil Greazzo is involved in the project because he has dogs and is a resident of the West Side...he sees room for improvement and knows that with his elbow grease and the support of his neighbors, it could be accomplished. Isn't that what we wish city politics awere about? Neighbors getting together to try and make things better in their ocmmunity? A dog park would be a really awesome way to use the City land that we pay to keep up anyway.
Thanks Jane, I really appreciate that you've got the guts to stand up for something that could be really nice for us over here on the West Side. Remind your pal George Smith that he didn't win by more than a handful of votes last election. Also, next time you are making a decision about what you'd like to support in the way of community projects, check your own gut, not Mr. Smiths...for his, dear Jane, is a sinking ship. Or at least, with any luck it is.
Greazzo in 2009! Because he "gets" it!
- Natalie Mitchell, West Manchester
No new source of government funding, whether bag-and-tag or slots at the casinos, reduces taxes. Taxes are set as high as possible without causing a citizen uprising, and they will stay there. All new sources of funding go straight to new government "services," usually to services that could not be justified on their own merits.
Regarding commemoration of either Obama and Gregg, it used to be a rule to wait until a life is complete before deciding whether it merits such honor. I don't agree that politicians should have the power to tell me whom to honor or dishonor; some of us can think for ourselves.
- Spike, Brentwood NH
Whatever they call the bridge, please don't add ".com" at the end of it.
- Peg, Concord
Perhaps Greazzo is actually looking out for his neighborhood and trying to improve a neglected property and give people something good at the same time. All without costing the tax dollars a penny. Shame on him for actually wanting to improve the community.
I'd be more curious as to what Jane Beaulieu's ulterior motive is and why she now is so opposed to this when it sounds like she was supporting it in the past.
If Greazzo runs for alderman this year he'll have my vote.
- Rick, Manchester
We wouldn't even HAVE the new Granite Street Bridge if it wasn't for Judd Greg! You Democrats are so petty that you don't even want to credit a long time rep. of NH for the service he has done for NH? It was ok to name the Cashin Center on the west side after the Democrat Bill Cashin after all of the work that he did and heck, his picture is the only one in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall! Then, a Republican gets his name on something and you Democrats freek out. Seriously, grow up!
- Shannon Lee, Manchester, New Hampshire
No Jane, you mean that you talked to Alderman George Smith of Ward 10. This dog park was all about party politics in Manchester for the Democrats. It is pretty obvious that Smith, a Democrat, has a little grudge against Greazzo for running against him last year for the Ward 10 Aldermanic seat and used his influence on the committee to stop this Dog Park just because it was spearheaded by Greazzo. It would be nice if Smith would actually do something for Ward 10 other than fight stupid political battles with former opponents.
- Chris King, Manchester
Let's see, the Dems don't want to name a bridge after someone because he might politally gain from it but Jane Beauleau disses a popluar idea for a dog park so she and George Smith can gain politically by holding someone down.
Time to vote these morons and hypocrits out of office and start getting people voted into to office who care more for the people than their own political or their cronies political agendas.
- Scott, Manchester
To the Sullivan family who are against renaming the Granite Street bridge. I'm sure you were ok with the idiots in the country renaming schools and streets for Obama. This is a guy who has done nothing in his life and isn't even president yet.
- Pat King, Manchester
Wait .. I have a plan. The city puts dumpsters on every city corner. Each dumpster will have a name attached to it .. such as :: The Alderman Roy dumpster at Belmont and Bridge.. big/deep/and smelly .. The Alderman O'Neil dumpster on wheels .. move it from bar to bar .. The Alderman DeVries dumpster near Memorial HS, full of xxx . At Christmas .. oops, I mean the "Winter Season" ,, the dumpsters can be decorated by our meter maid department led by Brandy Santa Maid. and folks can throw in quarters for the less unfortunate. .. Ok, I know this is genious.. but don't ask me to run for office. I don't want my good name ruined.
- Thom, Manchester, NH
"Stop paying for waste disposal with tax dollars and to start charging people according to the amount of trash they toss". In a recession and with a 4.7% tax increase now they want to charge us to pay for the trash??? Let's try something else, like what was offered in some cities where people are paid to recycle. So much per month, per year. As for Mr. Greazzo and his passion to advocate for something being an election tool is foolish. Many of us, advocate for things that matter to the greater population. No other reason, stop making it out to be something other than what it is. Thank you Mr. Greazzo for standing up and advocating the little guy.
- Robert M Tarr, Manchester
- Jonathan Melle
- Amherst, NH, United States
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