Archive for February, 2011

Citizens for a Better Government. (2011-2-13)

Ran across this article from 2008. It is in the Valley Patriot I reproduce it here but it can be read on line also. Methuen Group Assembles to Change Methuen’s Charter Jack Burke Our current Federal system of government did not spring “full born” into existence. It took 11 years to get from a Declaration […]

Free Petition 2 (2011-2-12)

I have written before about this subject. Then I learned more. Here is what I have learned since my first post. CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS Article II. Section 1. Right of Local Self-Government. – It is the intention of this article to reaffirm the customary and traditional liberties of the people with respect […]

Free and Initiative Petition (2011-2-12)

I take this from my published testimony before the Methuen CHARTER COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009. Jack Burke, 49 Canobieola Road, spoke about the free petition and initiative petition in our current Charter. He began by quoting from a sitting Councilor who once said “who is he to write laws?” because he […]