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Charlie Shapiro: Democrat for Governor's Council on Sept. 6

Shapiro will bring a fresh, well grounded, and respectful perspective to the Governor's Council.

It’s an honor to run for the office of Governor's Councilor. I enjoyed my service on the Newton Board of Aldermen and am proud of the work and the accomplishments made while in office, in particular the public safety aspects of the position and my involvement with Silver Alert program to help keep those with Alzheimer’s safer. With the encouragement of many local and now regional supporters, running for Governor’s Council is an opportunity to continue public service in an area which also relates to public safety.

Few people have any real understanding of the position of Governor's Councilor. Some have called it "one of the most important positions no one has ever heard of."

Governor's Councilor is the only citizen input opportunity for the Governor’s judicial and other nominations. It has a direct daily impact on each of our lives. This is the chance to bring significant transparency to this important element of our government, as well as elevate the level of civility and respect towards judicial and other nominees who wish to serve the public. 

I encourage voters to research the Governors Council. Watertown is very familiar with the incumbent Councilor Ms. Devaney, whom I respect for her many years in elected office. 

However, I believe we need change on the Governor's Council. Those voting on lifetime appointments, should not themselves feel entitled to be in such a position for life. I will bring a fresh, well grounded, and respectful perspective to the position. I think independently and am not an attorney. For me, this is about public service and not ego or professional benefits. 

If you agree a change would benefit voters, please join with us in our efforts to help make that change. 

I look forward to the opportunity to serve you and I’m asking for your support and for your vote on THURSDAY Sept 6.

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PREDATOR June 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Care to reply Charlie....or is the Ivory Tower liberal too good to entertain the questions and concerns of the little" people?
Tony June 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Actually read both letters at the sites listed above and below. Sounds more like partison bickering then anything really illegal or prosecutable. Unfortunately, it's easy for blogs to drag people through the mud. Take, for instance, the comments on the Patch regarding the police dog raffle. Even he's not safe from blogosphere invectives as well as his human colleagues.
x June 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Charlie, As a Democrat, it is given that you are all for more taxes and more spending. Could you give us a little color on these positions? For instance, there is a state in the middle of the country called Wisconsin. Have you heard of it? If so, would you comment on the recent governor's recall vote and how it might influence your seat on the much-esteemed Governor's Council? Reverend E. Raleigh Pimpeton III PS... Congratulations for engaging yourself here. The estimable Jamie Eldridge does not stoop so low.
PREDATOR June 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Charlie....since you don't seen willing or able to respond to the tough questions....How do you feel about the one cent per mile tax?
The Troll of Northborough June 14, 2012 at 02:06 PM
This is one of those government jobs that should be cut for sure, It was never intended to be a full time job or a Burdon on tax payers to support this, yet today it seems that more and more people find ways to latch onto the tax payers money and milk the system. It’s time to let go of the taxpayers teets and stop milking us for every dime.
Earnhardt June 14, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Well said Main Street Resident! well said! all hacks. by the way, what does this position pay? Im betting more than I make in a year! maybe I will run for it
Kasey Hariman June 14, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Thanks for commenting, MainSt. Resident. I hear you that you don't want money wasted -- neither do I -- but I'm wondering who you think should handle the approval and removal of public notaries and justices of the peace, the nominations of judges, and the issuance of any pardons and commutations if not the Governor's Council?
The Troll of Northborough June 14, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Great question, as for public notaries and justices of the peace = local town halls, witness and letters of recommendation are required for this, why not deal with it in the local community where the person will do business. For nominations of judges, just like any elected official , they start a petition for office, get the said required number of signatures, then run for election for the set term in their county. A judge after all is an elected position NOT a position to be passed around in the good ol boys club, Its an office seat, the people have the call as to who sits.
Jerry Reilly June 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM
@MainStResident and @Earnhardt - if you believe that there's no need for the governor's council then by all means get involved and work to dismantle it. I don't personally know a lot about the governors council, maybe that's a good idea. I'd have to know more about it before making up my mind on that issue.. In the meantime though there's an election coming up. Just taking personal shots at any one who runs for the office doesn't help your cause. Trying to besmirch Charlie Shapiro's reputation strikes me as a bit nasty. I actually voted for Charlie Shapiro's opponent in the last election. Despite that, I don't have the slightest reservation about Mr Shapiro, his ethics, his honesty, his character, or his hard work. As best as I can tell from your posts, your only real point is "I don't like any one who runs for office, they're all hacks", so let's trash them all with personal attacks. If that's your only point then why post comments about any candidates?
The Troll of Northborough June 16, 2012 at 01:12 PM
@Jerry I didn’t make a cut on Chucks reputation or his ethics, I merely stated that this is a position the grew way beyond what our forefathers had envisioned it to be. I don’t know chuck personally or professionally. I don’t see where I made any personal shots at anyone I think what I posted and what @Earnhardt posted, are rather different in tone and direction @Chuck my comments about the GC position are not directed at you and if you saw them that way, I do apologize
Jerry Reilly June 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
@ Main St Resident, sorry about that. I went back and re-read your posts and I agree, you didn't take any personal pot shots. I was mixing you up with another poster. My apologies.
Earnhardt June 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Hey Jerry. How does Im sure your all great guys reans;ate into an attack on his reputation? Get your facts straight first OK? the position is for hacks. The position is a little known, Position which changes no ones life except the ones whom they recommend for appointment's, I'm sure your all great guys is no attack on anyone... Know the target before you pull the trigger next time. Peace.
Earnhardt June 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Your all hot air Jerry. I knew you couldnt respond,,,,
x June 21, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Stalin, Predator is a perceptive observer with a good handle on Massachusetts politics. What would your mother think if she read your rude remarks? Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
x June 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Stalin and Truman, It is easy to see why you boys are getting tense and irritable. The 2010 mid-term election was a rout, Scott Walker survived a recall vote, Eric Holder may be held in contempt of Congress and Hiawatha Warren disapoints. The Messiah, The Chosen One, is suffering in public opinion. And November is still months away. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Melanie Graham (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Dear commenters -- This blog is meant to be a place to have a civilized, intelligent conversation about the topics presented in the post. The type of dialogue going on in this comments section at this point is not tolerated on Patch and commenting privileges will be revoked if this continues. We understand everyone has different opinions, but Patch is not a place for you to post hurtful comments that have zero value to the conversation or subject presented in the blog. Please try to focus on the issues and not on each other. And, above all, please keep this dialogue civilized. Oh, and if you have a free moment or two, please make sure you read through our terms of use: http://newton.patch.com/terms. Thank you.
Grahame Turner June 21, 2012 at 03:19 AM
This blog appears identically on a number of sites, not just Westborough. Watertown is the main page on which this blog appears.
Greer Tan Swiston June 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM
The community access channel organization, NewTV Board, a private non-profit, revisited their by-laws because of a situation raised by the way Mr. Shapiro had structured the sponsorship and compensation on his show. In fact, he actually introduced a future means of fundraising for the organization. That there were some conflicts in perspective (and personalities) resulted the issue being aired in a poor light, can not be helped. The facts are the same. However, the purpose and intent on how those facts came to be depends which motivation one chooses to associate with the facts. Everyone has the right to choose. I can't change that. The end result was one that was satisfactory to all. The organization has a much more updated set of bylaws. They have also grown considerably in their sponsorship of ALL their shows as a result of the clearer bylaws. Charlie's Show was recently recognized for an award at NewTV.
Earnhardt June 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Then maybe political adverstising such as this should not be allowed..
PREDATOR June 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Curious.....the racist comments get deleted as do the follow up comments denouncing racism.....yet the personal attacks against conservative live on. Does NBC own this site?
Grahame Turner June 21, 2012 at 01:03 PM
No, NBC does not own this site. I also fail to see how that is relevant. The intent was to remove personal attacks against users of the site. Because there were so many insults being hurled, it is possible one or two were missed unintentionally. If you will point out which comments you feel are personal attacks against other users, we can address this. That said, I will point out that you have been one of the chief offenders on this comment thread--your tone throughout has come across as disrespectful and argumentative. If it's intended as sarcasm, realize that tone does not translate into text. Because you also use a false alias, we only have your comments here from which to form an opinion of you. While it does not violate the Terms of Service, this is something gets my attention--and not in a good way. There are other users, who comment primarily on my site, who are on thin ice for the same reason.
Grahame Turner June 21, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Earnhardt, I feel you are missing the point entirely. The issue is not the content of the blog itself, the issue is that some users appear unable to have a rational discussion about it--yourself included. If we lose one or two of these blogs as a result of this response, I will be disappointed. Mostly in those who caused the loss. I will further observe that you chose not only to click the link to read this post, but also put the effort (and a fair amount of it) in to fueling the discussion--and the "discussion." When I see ads on websites, I don't typically click them, or engage in discussions on the site. Although that could just be me.
H.Myers, PhD June 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Mr. Turner: I am so glad you wrote this---I consider myself a reasonable person and I very much enjoy reading this blog---I am so disappointed with the amount of vitriol and right wing partisanship in this blog and I think it refects the mood in the country, unfortunately. We certainly should find a way to turn towards one another instead of on each other---Reasonable people can disagree on issues, but I would hope we could find a way to discuss them without hurling insults and "labels" at each other. Mr Shapiro seems like a reasonable person willing to serve the public on the Governor's Council---Unless, "Predator" (why would anyone use that alias?---Is your real name Jerry Sandusky) or "Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III" (clearly not someone interested in values beyond political) wish to run for said office or support another candidate, I would hope that they would save their unfortunate comments for another blog. Harriet Myers
PREDATOR June 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Yet the first thing the good doctor does is to hurl her own variety of insults and slurs....here is an example for you Mr. Turner. This is a fine example of intolerance for other points of views, you ask to come together and then liken me to a childmolester....mature....and lacking in sympathy for the helpless victims.
Alden C. June 22, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Sigh---Sorry Predator, You are living in an alternative reality. 63 percent of Republicans in a new poll believe that Saddam Hussein had WMDs when we invaded in 2003, despite even George W. Bush's acknowledgment that he didn't. 64 percent also believe that Barack Obama was born in a foreign country, even though we have the long-form birth certificate from Hawaii. This alternate reality is sustained by a 24 hour propaganda network, and hermetically sealed off from any external intervention. We are reaching a democratic crisis of some sorts. One major political party refuses to accept empirical truths. It has become a hall of ideological mirrors.
PREDATOR June 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
While most posters here have wandered way off topic has any one noticed that Charlie has not answered a single question. I have. But I guess that's what zealots do...notice facts.
Melanie Graham (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Hi Harriet -- We are glad to hear that you enjoy this blog and we are hoping more people will look forward to the posts here. However, please keep in mind that we don't want to focus the conversation on the commenters themselves. Instead, please keep your comments focused on the topic of the blog post itself and the political discussion Charlie has started. Thank you.
x June 22, 2012 at 07:18 AM
"Seventy-eight percent of statistics are made up." Alden, most conservatives aren't hung up on weapons of mass destruction or birth certificates. They are concerned about the massive spending ramp begun by Bush and vastly accelerated by Obama - hence the spontaneous Tea Party movement. A more provocative question might be, "What role did affirmative action play in the advancement of Barack Obama and Deval Patrick?" In any case, we've ended up with a weak President and a weak Governor... something the Governor's Council might influence. If any group has been 'hermetically sealed off' it would be Massachusetts liberals. Several generations have been hypnotized under the thrall of the Dukakis, Kennedy, Frank, Kerry and the unions. For the new world dawning, examine Wisconsin, Indiana and New Jersey under Walker, Daniels and Christie. Your spiritual advisor, Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Wendy Schapiro June 22, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Hey gang- Just a freelancer and Newton resident here, but I must echo my excellent editor's excellent suggestion that we stay on topic. Perhaps Charlie (no relation, btw- he lacks my 'c') has chosen not to comment because the topics that are being discussed currently have absolutely nothing to do with the Governor's Council? If you (the royal you- not any you in particular) are interested in hearing his thoughts, a productive approach might be to bring up issues that actually pertain to the role of the Council, what Charlie sees as his potential strengths on said Council and how our area can be well represented on the Council. Just some suggestions...
Kasey Hariman June 22, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Charlie, I noticed that you mentioned that the Governor's Council relates to public safety. Can you elaborate on how it relates to public safety and what related skills and experience you bring to the table? Thanks!

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