Monday, September 10, 2018

Dear Gladys Letter...

Dear Gladys,

I hope that this message sees you well. How is Abner these days? It has been so long since we last talked, I thought I would drop you a note to share some wonderful news. It has been a long time coming, but our day of retribution has arrived and the wrongs done to us and our community have been righted. It is over....for real this time, I believe. The flying monkeys are gone and the braying donkeys are as loud as ever. A sign of true Victory for a long and arduous battle for what is right if there ever was one. Remember those many years ago when we were convinced it was over, knew it...but didn't have the final word at the time...yet I wanted to raise a glass to us winning and you looked me in the eye and said "I will raise a glass to celebrate when it is truly over". Do you remember that? I it was yesterday. Well, it is now tomorrow, and it is final. It is over. So I need to ask....Are you ready to raise that glass now? I have

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....and there is no place like home - there is no place like home - there is no place like home.... Our love to Abner and the family. Let me know if you are ready to raise that glass....

 Love, Carverchick

path's should be laid where people walk, instead of walking where paths are laid” ― John Barth, The End of the Road

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The times they are a-changin'

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen 
And keep your eyes wide 
The chance won't come again 
And don't speak too soon 
For the wheel's still in spin 
And there's no tellin' who 
That it's namin' 
For the loser now 
Will be later to win 
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call 
Don't stand in the doorway 
Don't block up the hall 
For he that gets hurt 
Will be he who has stalled 
There's a battle outside 
And it is ragin' 
It'll soon shake your windows 
And rattle your walls 
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn 
The curse it is cast 
The slow one now 
Will later be fast
 As the present now 
Will later be past 
The order is Rapidly fadin' 
And the first one now 
Will later be last 
For the times they are a-changin'.

Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them - Albert Einstein
Taxation without representation is tyranny - James Otis

- be the change you want to see in the world - 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Still Standing...Stronger than ever...

Here is repost of a a January 2009 blog I sent out to all those fighting the Mashpee Wampanoag Casino bid in Middleboro....well, it is now 2013...almost 2014 and there is NO CASINO in Middleboro and there certainly is and will be NO CASINO in Taunton either.  Kudos to all of you in Taunton and the surrounding communities who are still standing strong...

Standing Strong

This post is dedicated to all of you....

You who stood up on day one and asked the questions...

You who continued to ask those same questions over the pounding of a gavel.....

You who started a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting and educating our community....

You who had the courage to speak to other communities and get them involved....

You who took the time out of your personal lives to research environmental impacts....

You who had the courage to speak out publicly against a casino in your community....

You who continue to ask the questions that were never asked by the Middleboro BoS.... Taunton City Council, Deval Patrick and most of the Massachusetts Elected Representatives of the Commonwealth.....

You who continue to believe in the freedom of speech and the voice of the average Joe...

You who fight for your homes, your families .... your communities....

You who believe in the actual practice of freedom of speech...

You who blog about the lies and misconceptions fed to us by those who are hungry with greed...

You who form the foundation of what this great nation is built upon - the right of freedom, liberty and the persuit of happiness...for all - not just a few at the expense of everyone else.

You who continue to fight against a casino in your community without fear...

and, last but certainly not least....

You who continue to tell the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, casino investors, and the federal government... "we're not gonna take it!"

"Is that a No Casino pin on your uniform?"

you betcha!!

We're Right!
We're Free!
We'll Fight!
You'll see!!

...or perhaps you already have seen. This State and this region will not be bullied into silence or acceptance of "it's coming - you have no say" by casino interests....or those who claim
 the myth of inevitability.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


I am a Sagittarius…born in the beautiful month of December. My father used to call me “arch”…short for “archer”…my sign. When I was young, stupid and easily embarrassed, I hated that nickname. Not so much these days…or in the days when I started to appreciate the idea that my father gave me that nickname not only out of love, but out of understanding of who I was as a person, even at an early age - and one that turns out to be startling accurate. He saw me for who I was as I think most father’s do with their children…probably didn't like me asserting my “person” during my teen years so much, but it only shows his oh so controlled patience towards me being me, or who I was becoming to be. Thank you Dad, I love you for that.

According to the stars, those born under the Sagittarius sign are ruled by the planet Jupiter…we are knowledgeable and philosophical, with a great ability as a communicator…we also are apparently ones to have open minds and a love of learning….oh – and we are very blunt about our thoughts, feelings, and general assessment of the situation, or the world in general. We basically are forthright and straight shooters in life...Sounds great for the most part…but the downside is- and yes - we have our negative traits- none more damning than our bluntness - and it is because of that bluntness the Sagittarius is also easily seen as being dogmatic….which is not the case…or at least, not in mine (in my blunt opinion)…or shall I say, I try very hard to make sure that is not the case in my life in general and mostly when I openly discuss the land in trust >slash< tribal casino situation in Massachusetts. 

The recent “developments” regarding the Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead are at the very least….interesting. The “opinion” from the NIGC is…..even more interesting…..yet, not quite accurate from my perspective, for many reasons. It also is a development that is much different than the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe except in one minor detail….the truth of the situation. 

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead are gleefully declaring that the Federal Government has given them permission to game on their settlement land in Gayhead….no, they have not. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead says that their claims have been vindicated…no, they have not…and nor will they be unless – no – until…there is an actual official Lands Opinion published by the NICG...which there is not.

Call me dogmatic…but here is what I know…okay…truthfully…here is what I am willing to share about all I know of this situation: The Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead is claiming that the federal government has given them the green light to open a gaming facility on Martha’s Vinyard on Settlement land granted them by a Congressional Act in 1987. The NIGC opinion that the land is eligible under IGRA is not only greatly flawed, but contradicts an opinion given by the DOI over a decade ago. This same Tribe gave up aboriginal title to said land in order to get the settlement, meaning the land is under local and State jurisdiction and that said same Act clearly lays out the who, what, where, when and why of government jurisdiction and the how (if any) way gaming can be conducted on that land. Couple that with the things I won’t share right now and will just place into the “other reasons why their claim is premature and ridiculous” category….I am feeling quite confident this is all just another kink in the non-moving wheel of there ever being a tribal casino in Region C….this is not me being dogmatic…it is me being honest with what the real situation is. It will be interesting to see if our State Legislators and State Council can actually connect the dots…be honest and less…ummmmm…dogmatic…about the true situation surrounding LIT for the Mashpee Wampanoag Land in Trust bid as well as the Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead’s claim to game…

- every dogma must have its day - Carolyn Wells

- believe nothing, no matter where your read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense - The Buddha

- be the change you want to see in the world - 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Rethink 911

The first step toward truth is to be informed.....

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

All is love in fair and war

Happy Anniversary East year gone by and still no trust land or casino.  When I think of Mayor Hoye and some (not all, well....only one) Taunton City Councilors, all I can think of is the Pepe Le Pew cartoon.  You know, that skunk who always fell in love with the cat who always seemed to wind up with a white paint stripe down her back....Pepe would see her and instantly fall in love....just like some certain city councilors did when Cedric Cromwell crossed their paths. Casino love at first sight...only difference is...this cat disguised itself on purpose and now thinks "playing hard to get" with the State will fill Cedric's empty wallet - it didn't work in Middleboro, Fall River or New problem - new stripe - new city.  Oh well, in the words of Pepe "all is love in fair and war".

I think this letter to the editor in the Taunton Daily Gazette is fantastic.  This was written by Frank Lagasse, another East Taunton resident who actually says it like it is...not what Cedric Cromwell would have you believe...and certainly no fake white stripe to have you believe what is not real.

Mashpee Wampanoag Land in trust application dishonest?  yep.....unlikely to succeed? oh yeah....even that fancy lawyer from Boston, with all his...ahem....revisionist history can't reverse the spin.  Oh...and did I mention that the Secretary of the Interior can't and won't put land in trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe because they were not under federal jurisdiction in 1934? did Frank. 

Guest Opinion:  Mashpee casino bid dishonest, unlikely to succeed

We are now at the one year anniversary of the referendum that approved a tribal casino in East Taunton. Let’s discuss the developments since.

The tribe has submitted its land into trust application to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Currently, it is incomplete as it lacks proof of aboriginal land claims to Taunton.The compact between the commonwealth and the tribe has been rejected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as being, in part, usury.

A new compact, arguably just as usury as the first, is stuck in the Economic and Emerging Technologies Subcommittee at the Statehouse.KG Urban, a commercial casino developer, has filed suit in the First Circuit Federal Court.The Pokanoket Wampanoag Tribe has submitted an in-depth scholarly report challenging the Mashpee claim to Taunton.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has opened southeastern Massachusetts to commercial bidders. This includes bidders who may be denied a license in the other two regions of the state.

The Mashpee tribe is trying to establish aboriginal land claim to Taunton by claiming the female Sachem Wetamo was assassinated on the Taunton River and her head displayed on a pike on Taunton Green for 20 years.  A hijacking of Pokanoket land and heritage is being attempted. This is despicable. Wetamo was a Pokanoket. The Pokanoket have aboriginal claim to the Taunton area.

The Mashpees’ lawyer made this claim at the Economic and Emerging Technologies Subcommittee at the Statehouse during a public hearing on the second compact. If the second compact gets out of subcommittee and the Legislature approves it, there is a risk that the commonwealth will get no revenue from the tribal casino. Their chairman has threatened as much. If he’s such a wonderful partner, why would he issue threats? Why not follow through on his promises of partnership and friendship and compensate the commonwealth as a friend if the zero percentage part of the compact were to become effective?

The land-into-trust issue will not be resolved for years. On average, it takes seven years for the Department of Interior to make a decision on land-into-trust cases. And then there are numerous Supreme Court case decisions that must be overcome, adding many more years of indecision. And KG Urban’s Constitutional challenge will cause further delays. The Pokanoket will probably file suit. Neighbors may file suit. Opponents to the whole policy of land-into-trust will file suit.

There is no evidence that the Mashpees can use to claim a right to Taunton territory. There is, in fact, evidence that the Mashpees were never under federal jurisdiction. This is found in documents from the late 1930s and in a recent court case in 1977, when the Mashpees sued New Seabury for repatriation of land.

Commercial competition will most certainly cause competitive problems for the goal of a tribal casino. The revenue that a commercial casino will generate for the commonwealth will be at least 10 times what a tribal casino will generate. Why would our legislators allow such a low revenue stream from a tribal casino when a commercial casino would generate so much more revenue? In effect, we would be subsidizing a tribal casino by deferring the greater revenue from a commercial casino.

We are being played as fools. The disingenuousness, obfuscation, omissions of fact and carrot dangling must stop. Our state and community is being held hostage for the benefit of an entity that can not develop a casino. I beseech our Legislature to reject the compact in subcommittee for the benefit of our state and community.

Frank Lagace of East Taunton is an anti-casino activist.

"I am stupid. No?...Zee stripe! It is gone! She is not a skunk at all!"- Pepe Le Pew 

"When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do." - William Blake
 - Be the Change  you want to see in the World -

Friday, May 24, 2013

Maximum Overdrive Cedric Style

Thank you (again) David Littlefield for reporting on the true news surrounding Cedric Cromwell's visit to the Taunton City Council Meeting....


These words being the most infamous words, and possible the words to his demise in a future in city government, were spoken by one of our city councilors when referring to the (IGA) intergovernmental agreement with the city of Taunton last year, who made this statement and then voted yes. So why bring this up a year later?? Let's see, Cedric Cromwell was sent a letter back in April to come before city council and update us on the proposed casino project. He was also asked to bring the LIT application to show us it is completed. Instead he brought with him a room full of tribe members, a bunch of lawyers, and some real cool drawings of a casino with moving cars and everything, and a graph chart showing the progress of the project as well as the progress with the federal government. What he neglected to bring was the completed LIT application. Still holding that close to your side, right Cedric?

So what is new about the project? Well, for starters the whole landscape and blueprints have significantly changed. Now the hotel/casino is 750 feet closer to Stevens street. Why this change? Because where the hotel/casino was originally situated, it was on top of wetlands. This now limits the spacious project of a worldwide destination resort casino to 60 feet off the road. Now I thought the picture of the casino with the moving traffic flow was great for a perfect world situation, of course. Clearly, Mr. Speller has not seen the traffic jams on 140/24 interchange during morning rush hours, nor has he seen the traffic on rt. 24 from the north side from 4 to 7 pm. If he had, he would have had the traffic flow to a complete stop. But then there would be nothing cool about that part of the presentation. Now what about Carcieri? You know that little legal decision that is one big hurdle for the tribe.

In enters Penny Coleman, big wig lawyer formerly from the Dept. of Interiors National Gaming Commission. She is the answer to a Carcieri Fix? Not likely. When asked how the tribe will get around Carcieri, her reply was simple and truthful. She had the dead stare of a deer in the headlights and replied "I do not know" then quickly passed it off to another of the many lawyers. She does not know because she only wrote Lands Opinions for gaming on lands that were already in trust, which the Mashpee's do not and cannot have. So, I would have to say there's more of your Malaysian dollars going to waste, Cedric. It seems it comes down to nothing new to see here folks, just a bunch of smoke and mirrors, with highly paid lawyers, architects, and slide shows. But there is still no LIT application.

Well I have the application for Land In Trust via a FOIA (freedom of information act.) request. It took a while to get, as the tribe blocked the request for over 40 days. I wonder why they would block such a request when they claim they are being so transparent. Aren’t we still partners? Well I guess I don't have to tell you, it is not completed. When and if it ever is completed, it will surely be rejected by the Dept. of Interior. On Wednesday, May 15th, the very next day after the Taunton meeting, I was at the State House giving testimony in front of the Senate Hearing Committee for the state compact. Again Cedric and crew showed up and filled the room, and left right after his presentation of course. Very interesting presentation made by the Mashpee's including "the historian" Jessie Baird, who paints a sad picture of how the Mashpee claim the Taunton lands. She even got the Chairwoman Canderas dropping a tear from her eye.
Jessie starts out talking some language I have never heard before. I felt like I was in the middle of a Star Wars movie, you know the scene where they are at the local night club, I mean all we were missing were subtitles.

Then she goes into the historical ties. It seems sometime in the 1800’s an Indian woman, Weetamoe, was crossing the Taunton River, she gets captured and beheaded, and her head is put on a stick and left in what we now call the Taunton Green. So this is the historical tie? I am telling you folks, you just can't make this stuff up!! My question to that is, why did the tribe go to Middleboro, then Fall River, looked at land in Plymouth and finally come to Taunton? What's the matter Cedric you thought Tauntonians were uneducated? You think we’re buying that story? No I don’t think so.

There you have it folks, there are so many holes in this Land In Trust application you surely could drive a truck through it. Cedric Cromwell can fool the local people, he can even fool the state people as well, what he cannot fool is the federal level He cannot because they know this tribe does not qualify for Land In Trust and the federal level knows we are watching them. The Mashpee's bought their federal recognition to the tune of 15 mil. No one was paying attention. But they won't buy Land In Trust because we are paying very close attention. The old saying you can fool some of the people some of the times, but you can't fool all of the people all the time. See you in Washington, Cedric.

I desire no future that will break the ties of the past - George Elliot

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
- be the change you want to see in the world -