Issues in city election

Issues in city election

Joined: January 5th, 2008, 12:22 am

October 30th, 2017, 7:09 pm #1

So , what issues are important to city voters, Fuller project, new schools, taxes, unsettled contracts, or attracting business to name a few.
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

October 30th, 2017, 7:32 pm #2

Great question!  For me ... I always care that our schools are the best they can be.  I am a huge advocate of affordable housing (AH) and that isn't exclusively related to the Fuller School project though it is certainly part of it.  I want to see our related AH ordinances rewritten to include an adjustment for the difference between area median income in the greater boston area we are included in ($95K +) and the median income in Gloucester (more like $60K) so that any AH built is truly affordable.  Yes...we can do this and we won't be the first!

I don't know enough about the unsettled contracts and pensions to have a strong opinion but I know they are important.

Attracting new business is very important and I think that means attracting young, smart entrepreneurs. I would like to see them take advantage of our maritime heritage/ocean but open to other businesses as well.
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

October 30th, 2017, 7:38 pm #3

For me all of the above plus control on home upgrades to mansions, often with zoning variances, for elderly couples making their neighborhoods too expensive for families with working parents.

I am also interested in increasing marine industrial jobs, partly by upgrading seafood handling and distribution to get more money per pound (eg Gloucester Fresh) and partly by increasing number and types of product (eg Neptune's Harvest).
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
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Joined: August 28th, 2007, 12:19 am

October 30th, 2017, 9:58 pm #4

Housing, zoning, jobs, schools, taxes, etc, etc, etc, none of them seem to register as strongly with the Gloucester voters as a very basic issue. 

And oddly, yet understandably, that issue, which I have heard discussed most often, (and most emotionally), is plastic bags. 

The bottom line, especially from seniors, is they will not vote for anyone who intends to vote to ban markets from offering free plastic bags for their customer's use.

 
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Joined: July 5th, 2017, 12:19 pm

October 30th, 2017, 11:18 pm #5

I want the marine tech industry to continue thriving. I'd rather commute to Gloucester than Cambridge.
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Joined: June 20th, 2007, 11:54 pm

October 31st, 2017, 12:22 am #6

To attract new business housing needs to be addressed, that's part of the infrastructure along with a strong school system. Zoning also needs to be addressed to encourage new growth both along the waterfront and the interior. A new business tax plan to encourage growth. World class companies are now coming to Gloucester for their business meetings year round thanks to the Beauport Hotel. The seed has been planted and we are being noticed.
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Joined: January 25th, 2008, 12:11 am

October 31st, 2017, 7:57 am #7

Well said Dun. Dont forget the library.
I wish people would stop using us seniors as a reason not to ban plastic bags in some stores.
Our parents and grandparents didnt have them and surprize they survived.
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Joined: September 1st, 2012, 8:06 am

October 31st, 2017, 8:36 am #8

If people can't vote before they hit 18...then they should lose their vote after they hit 80.
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

October 31st, 2017, 9:28 am #9

No luck bi. I will just make it this election.
By the way the letter in the Times this morning reminded me that I do not like Gloucester elected representatives endorsing each other especially if there is a hint of influence of national party affiliation. I used to associate this behavior with the Democrats but the Republicans are getting into it far worse than our local elitist Democratic City Committee ever did. This is not what I perceive our local city government to be about.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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Joined: January 25th, 2008, 12:11 am

October 31st, 2017, 9:50 am #10

Damon wrote: No luck bi. I will just make it this election.
By the way the letter in the Times this morning reminded me that I do not like Gloucester elected representatives endorsing each other especially if there is a hint of influence of national party affiliation. I used to associate this behavior with the Democrats but the Republicans are getting into it far worse than our local elitist Democratic City Committee ever did. This is not what I perceive our local city government to be about.
Why would you call the DCC elitist, because they don't kiss your  old white ass?
I have been to a few of their events and they seem like a down to earth bunch.
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Joined: January 5th, 2008, 12:22 am

November 7th, 2017, 11:59 am #11

It seems like the top issue is plastic bags, pretty sad.
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Joined: September 1st, 2012, 8:06 am

November 7th, 2017, 3:23 pm #12

Damon wrote: No luck bi. I will just make it this election.
By the way the letter in the Times this morning reminded me that I do not like Gloucester elected representatives endorsing each other especially if there is a hint of influence of national party affiliation. I used to associate this behavior with the Democrats but the Republicans are getting into it far worse than our local elitist Democratic City Committee ever did. This is not what I perceive our local city government to be about.
You are the exception to the rule, Damon...
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