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Let's End 'Character Assassination' in 2012

This letter was submitted by Assistant Mayor Thomas Rose Jr.

To the editor:

I would like to suggest to all the residents of East Providence to take a little time this year to make a New Year’s Resolution when reflecting on decisions made by our current city council.

This council has had a very difficult year. It has been difficult, not because of our actions on the council. On the contrary - we have been trying hard to make this city better under the scrutiny of those who have their own agenda. Remember the school days of stop, look and listen? I think we should all remember this when questioning the council's decisions. Take time to stop and read the reasons for decisions. Look at the research and the reasons that our decisions are based on before running to quick judgment.

Another adage from our school days was to walk in another man's shoes. Just because there is something you don't agree with, there might be a good reason for making that decision for the sake of the city. There are many in this city that constantly point fingers because their agenda is not being handled to their satisfaction. They however don't have to take into consideration all other city business at the same time. As much as we would all like our concerns taken care of, we all know our wishes don't all come true at the same time. Many issues coincide with items that might not be at the top of our list but are necessary for city business to continue in the right direction.

The issue of character assassination in this city has become a sport. I honestly feel some in this city would have you believe that members of the city council are out for themselves. They don't want the residents to know the truth of the cleanup that has to be done before the city can move on. Residents of East Providence, I call on you to resolve this new year to “stop look and listen” in 2012. Also, remember the city council has the whole city to make happy and anyone who has a large family knows, everyone is not always happy at the same time. So, I also ask you to resolve to walk in our shoes before criticizing the decisions of the city council. Finally, let's resolve to bag the finger pointing and character assassination. If this city is going to move forward, we have to work together and try to cooperate with each other or we are doomed. In 2012, let's all resolve to appreciate all the work that's being done and cooperate for the sake of the City's future.

Happy New Year to All!  

Thomas A Rose Jr.
Assistant Mayor City Council
Ward 3

Rumford Resident January 11, 2012 at 08:15 AM
Hey Tommy..... People in glass city council's shouldnt throw stones.... If you didn't hang out with Coogan and his crew, you would be taken more seriously... But the reality is that you can't have it both ways.... You are obviously not equiped to be a dog catcher in EP, let alone on the council... Perhaps the free health care for you and Katie and Rogers was why you ran? Perhaps if you gave up the free health care along with Brucie and Katie (as she said she would when she campaigned and used against Cusack) the good folks of EP would think you were sincere.. But what this read like (as does Furtados recent letter) is a nothing but a desperate local hack politician who just lost his vote in a 3-2 majority as the state just took you out.... Good luck with the tow company! I can only hope the new 3-2 majority will tell the cops to get rid of the Tow list all together! And call AAA like the rest of us! Why do we need to make a tow list political! Oh, and by the way, rumor is you will have a real opponent in November! Tick tick tick..... The time clock is now counting the days to your removal from office!
Julie Silva January 11, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Assistant Mayor Rose is very correct with his request asking for residents to end character Assassination. East Providence has many issues even though we are not the city with the worse record we have issues to resolve in the New Year and upcoming years to follow. Some think that personally attacking people and placing blame on the current council and even the prior council is the best way to solve the issues before us but many are forgetting our problems began many years ago and started with councils and school committees from our past. As the saying goes "our past has a way of catching up with us" we are learning that the hard way. As far as the personal character attacks on our councilors lives, family, business and lively hoods those who make the statements should remember as the "Rumford Resident" commented above me "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" and as a proud Townie even during these hard economic and trying times I like to remind myself and others that no one is perfect and everyone has a right trying to make a decent living to provide for their families. Believe me I know it’s easier to place blame and judgment but as adult trying to set examples for the youth in our community we need not to be bullies and we need to make suggestions that can truly make a difference in our city and in politics.
r January 11, 2012 at 05:35 PM
" I honestly feel some in this city would have you believe that members of the city council are out for themselves. They don't want the residents to know the truth of the cleanup that has to be done before the city can move on." Tommy Rose no kidding ?
Paul January 11, 2012 at 05:45 PM
To Mr. Rose, It goes without saying that you can't please all of the people all of the time, but it should also be clear to you that, as Lincoln said, you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Those who criticize you and others on the Council, are unhappy because you are disengaged and don't demonstrate leadership skills. You and Katie Kleyla sit through entire Council meetings without saying much beyond 'so moved' and 'seconded'. That inclination to 'fly under the radar' can only lead to one of two conclusions; you are either unfit to sit on the Council, or you are afraid to step on some important toes. Either is unacceptable. Until you can prove that you are able and willing to articulate a well though-out position on issues that matter, and to take take ownership of achieving key initiatives, you can expect to continue to be challenged. That is not character assassination, that is taxpayers expecting the bare minimum from elected officials. You have to do the job that you were elected to do, and if you can't or don't want to do that, you should resign. That would show real character.
Bruce Zarembka January 12, 2012 at 03:00 AM
"With all due respect" states things very well. The truth is, you have not made a single positive initiative since being on the council (Labor Day Parade doesn't count)...and please stop using the title of asst. mayor...it is a disgrace that you and brucie think it is a title that holds power or meaning...look in the city charter...it is "ceremonial." You may have pulled the wool over some eyes in what was once a fine community, but those eyes are opening wider and wider as people see the lack of leadership on your part. Thankfully you and the rest of the circus majority are now under state control and have little to no power. While this is an embarrassment for the city and its residents, it is the best move that could have happened. In the long run we will be better off. Next November cannot come soon enough...you could have done us all a favor and resigned, but maybe once the State Police do a little indepth look into the tow company, you'll be removed from the council anyway...let's face it tommy...your handlers tell you when to speak, when to respond and when to keep quiet...they probably even wrote this blog for you...do us all a favor and resign. While I agree you stepped into a pile of crap as a new council member...that pile has only grown bigger due to your lack of knowledge, your unwillingness to take on the tough issues, and more importantly, to have the backbone to stand up to your handlers and say enough is enough. Be your own man for once.
taxpayrep January 12, 2012 at 04:45 AM
With all due respect to all of you. He is right about few issues here This School Committee is having a hard time with funding for the School Department but there isn't much finger pointing there. Charlie and Furtado have been working hard on a few solutions with the B&E reports. I can only hope that the Council can get a handle on things. But you can't when your Mayor make appointments behind the Closed Doors for the Housing. Mayor Rogers! not finger pointing but letting it out there! If we only had a little bit of that money used to Send the whole housing Crew to Florida. Thats a few dollars!
Bruce Zarembka January 12, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Please Please Please...will we stop addressing rogers as Mayor...it is in complete disrespect to Mayor's of cities that have a mayoral form of government to even begin to compare rogers to any of them. Everytime I see him referred to as Mayor, or tommy as assistant mayor, it makes me want to puke. (My feelings would be this way no matter who was in that seat) It is ceremonial only...these clowns use it like they are actually running the city...well in some cases they are...running it right into the ground...albeit they did have a lot of help from previous councils and school committees. One has to laugh at Larisa's recent article in the Reporter about being for the taxpayers and such...it was he and his cohorts that pulled a fast one and actually did go beyond the 3.5% tax cap. You don't see him talking about that, and in case we somehow forget...all the increases in sewer fees, fees to use city athletic fields, liscensing fees...they are all hidden tax increases...no different than hidden inflation such as when is a pint of ice cream not a pint...when Haagen Dazs becomes 14 oz...and OJ is sold at 59oz instead of a half gallon...how many people notice...just as no one noticed the shananagins that have gone on behind close doors in E. Prov.
Candy Seel January 12, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Mr. Rose showed courage in writing (or attaching his name to) this opinion. Patch regulars can be a tough audience. I agree “we have to work together… or we are doomed.” I question, though, whether the difficult year the council faced wasn’t due, at least in part, to their own actions. The Council were met with many challenges, but the majority responded not with a resolve to tackle them head-on, but by choosing to focus on trivial matters; and, when the minority tried to focus on budgets and deficits, Mr. Rose went along with shooting them down. Mr. Rose suggests we all stop, look and listen when questioning the council's decisions, that we should “read the reasons for decisions.” Where can we read about why Mr. Rose chose Mr. Rogers as Mayor, or agreed to fire the city manager, or any number of decisions he’s made? Except for a few instances, I've only heard him say “so moved” and “seconded”. He also suggests we try “to walk in another man's shoes.” A point well taken, but I often wonder whether he’s walking in his own shoes or someone else’s. He seems surprised that “some in this city would have you believe that members of the city council are out for themselves.” If not out for yourselves, Mr. Rose, then perhaps for those who backed you – or backed out for you – during your campaign?
Arthur Dolloff January 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Lets go back in the way back machine and look at another old school addage: If it walks like a clown, if it talks like a clown, if it acts like a clown, it must be a clown.... or is that a duck?? Any way the point is these people are being judged by their actions in council. Sure Chrissy talked a great pitty story in the EP Reporter, but when the votes are cast, they signed up to be judged by what they accomplish....not how much time they spend at accomplishing nothing. You might expect to hear that whining from a tenured teacher at contract negoation time. Fact be told the internet will make the peoples comments part of the political process from here on out.
Arthur Dolloff January 12, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Set examples ??? Is that not how the Unions moved these clowns into office in the first place... It was last second scare tatics at the polls that was used to scare the bejesus out of all the Townies that went out to vote. They set the example, and I as one pissed off TOWNIE will not stop speaking my opinion to any that will listen or read.... You want a better example set...PUT A BETTER PERSON IN THE OFFICE !!!
Arthur Dolloff January 12, 2012 at 08:18 PM
OH YEA, ONE LAST THOUGHT TO OLD SCHOOL ADDAGES. RESPECT IS EARNED, NOT OBLIGED.
taxpayer January 12, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I can't help but think of Tow Truck Tommy as COSTELLO to Rogers ABBOTT... BUT this ABBOTT and COSTELLO act is not up to the challenge of running a city government!
Candy Seel January 13, 2012 at 01:50 PM
A correction to my comment yesterday. Obviously, the politician who backed out of the race was in Ward 2, not Ward 3.
david sullivan February 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
dont have much respect for a guy who voted bruce rogers for mayor seconds after learning he was wanted in mass for writing bad checks...apparently character didnt matter and the vote was rigged beforehand...a leader? lol
r February 24, 2012 at 03:17 PM
took 3 votes to make him the "mayor"
Bruce Zarembka February 24, 2012 at 04:58 PM
...and we all know who the other was..."clueless katie" another of the I'll say this to get elected and do differently once I'm in office. Talk about character...we have (I should say had) three questionable "characters" doing nothing other than running this city deeper into the ground than it already was. But let's not forget...it was at the behest of the DCC and cogan's croonies. Yes thankfully the Budget Commission has taken things over. I might not agree with every decision they have made, but at least we know the three individuals from the State are on the up and up.

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