First to be clear, I appreciate all Veterans and I don’t want to put people in jeopardy and I don’t really care about chair lifts or pipelines because neither has a direct effect on me.
What I find frustrating is when politicians use real issues to make grandstanding gestures and resolutions that mean absolutely ZERO and have no value on the discussion or outcome. They waste people’s time making them think that what they are doing is assisting those people, when really nothing about what they are doing has any real effect on the issue.
They do it for political capital and to gain votes!
In the past few months I have seen this play out both in Lowell and Dracut.
In Lowell Councilor Rita Mercier , the Queen of the City and top vote getter for as long has she runs, asked the City Council to support a Home Rule Petition to change the rules and regulations to include track chair lifts for deserving qualified veterans to be deemed a necessity and not recreational.
Who doesn’t want to help a Veteran? Nice gesture but really a complete waste of time that is also according to the City Lawyer’s probably illegal!
So what good did bringing in this motion and having the law Dept. take the time to give their opinion aside from sucking up to the Veterans, their families and the voters, did this do?
Wasn’t it just a waste of time for those at the meeting and those watching at home?
The same thing seems to be occurring in Dracut. Selectman Chair Richardson draws up a non-binding resolution (explaining by its name it is a useless feel good only document) to ask Federal and State Legislators and the Executive branch to disallow and take any necessary actions to stop FEDERAL Law!
Sure, they’ll get right to that. Hey Nikki and Liz, Dracut Selectman want to run FERC and ignore the Supremacy Law and grandstand in a room full of people who don’t understand Federal laws, let’s say okay and do what they want.
Hello just like Lowell, did any of them ever hear of this: Supremacy Clause
Article VI, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution is known as the Supremacy Clause because it provides that the “Constitution, and the Laws of the United States … shall be the supreme Law of the Land.” It means that the federal government, in exercising any of the powers enumerated in the Constitution, must prevail over any conflicting or inconsistent state exercise of power.
You have the Town Manager and the elected State Rep. working to try and ease conflicts between the town and company but instead a two time losing Republican State Rep. Candidate still running a race that ended in November , along with two ill-informed Selectman vote to take a stand for the sake of taking a stand.
Really? In all honesty what did this accomplish? Did Kinder Morgan say never mind we’ll go somewhere else? Did they say, Okay to hell with Duggan and Garry let’s talk with Richardson and Archinski?
Politicians should stick to bringing in motions that they really have some influence on. Read their Charter and Bylaws and stop wasting time and giving false hope to people who think you can effect something that you really have zero control over.