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Resolve to be heard in 2014

Allow me to suggest a relatively simple New Year's resolution. It takes far less effort than going to the gym or out for a run. Resolve to be heard by your elected officials in 2014. 

We're interested in hearing from you - really. Politicians pay attention to polls, set up social media accounts and more not only to get their message out, but to find out what's important to you. Why not take advantage of this? 

For extra credit, resolve to pay attention to what your local officials are saying and doing, whether it's by following them on Twitter or checking the local news. Did you know that Concord banned plastic water bottles or that if you want to have a bake sale in Foxboro you now need a permit from the Board of Health? Both of these went into effect in 2013. Do you know that particularly at the local level - the level closest to you - hearing another side of the issue from 10, 20 or 50 constituents may just make a difference?

So take a few minutes to at least skim the local headlines and "Like" your elected officials' Facebook pages. Then, if something sparks your interest or leaves you shaking your head, speak up! E-mail them, Tweet them, call them, write a letter to the editor - whatever you feel most comfortable with. But be part of the dialogue. Have your voice heard in 2014.

And yes, this goes for me too. You can e-mail me at okozlowski@mansfieldma.com, "Like" my Facebook page at Olivier Kozlowski, Mansfield Board of Selectmen and follow me on Twitter at @SelectmanKoz. I'd love to hear from you. 

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HJ January 08, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Olivier, when are you and the Selectmen going to approve my idea for the train station? It's the one where there are entrances on School Street and Rt 140, so we can unclog downtown. You don't need to raze any homes and you can just fill in any wetlands that get in the way. I look forward to being there for the groundbreaking....and then not having to run to me car because the backups onto 106 are so immense right now.
BH January 08, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Haha fill in any wetlands that get in the way. Sorry HJ, it totally doesn't work that way.
HJ January 08, 2014 at 07:18 PM
I don't see the problem. You can't tell me it hasn't been done before. I guess you're really into sitting in traffic on 106 instead of agreeing with m solution. I put it to you, Olivier, to come up with a backroom deal with the 5 of you & Mr. Ross to get this passed.. And that cranky old dude who's a selectmen will agree with it too.
BH January 08, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Read up on it HJ. It's not like building a house on a dirt lot. Sorry to say, your preference for a train station doesn't skirt state or federal law. And it's not easy to get approval and permitting to re-locate wetlands, especially when there is no suitable area nearby. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/regulations/310-cmr-13-00-adopting-inland-wetlands-orders.html
HJ January 08, 2014 at 09:36 PM
Fine, instead let's take all those houses on School Street, Bliss Ave & West Street area by eminent domain, raze them and build the parking lot there. Those residents will be allowed to build on the current train lot or move to 40B housing of their choice. See you at the ribbon cutting.
BH January 08, 2014 at 10:18 PM
I feel like there is a small part of you that may be serious...
HJ January 08, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Try 100% serious. You have to make bold decisions to get stuff done.
BH January 08, 2014 at 11:30 PM
What would your honest reaction be if tomorrow the gov came and said "we are taking your house and paying you 75% of what it's worth". Do not even say that you would be ok with that. You could care less about what happens to innocent people and even your fellow town folk as long as it doesn't happen to you.

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