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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NaturalNews: Victory for health freedom as 100K petition signatures achieved‏

Freedom-loving Americans overcome deliberate White House censorship and oppression to achieve 100,000 signatures on medical choice petition

Dear NaturalNews readers
They tried to hide it, and they tried to stall it, they tried to suppress your voice... but the petition to stop the government from making vaccines mandatory has reached the needed 100,000 signatures.
I want to thank everyone who stood up against medical tyranny and let their voices be heard. The time is NOW to be vocal about protecting your medical choice and saying "NO!" to the twisted desire of the vaccine industry to physically violate your body:
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The Vaccine Injury Table published by the Feds lists vaccine injuries the government acknowledges, including autism:
Informed consent is the right of every medical patient. Did your doctor fully inform you of the dangers and risks involved with vaccinations?
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Monday, March 2, 2015

What Are Two Of The Many Choices Elected Officials Face?


This is the situation that faces each and every member of the Town Council.  Councilors are elected by the people to make major decisions that affect the community.  The people are relying on each councilor to vote what is best for the community and not a hidden agenda of their own.  In a perfect world, this is the way it is supposed to work.

Previous councils have proven that councilors voted to support loyalty instead of doing what is best for the community and the people who elected them.  Loyalty is a strong emotion that cannot be easily dismissed. 

Aside from a few councilors on the present Town Council, this is an excellent council who has managed to put the community first on the majority of votes.  However, there is an area that has been a political nightmare for everyone and that is the Police Department budget.  Previous councils and this council are extremely reluctant to make any cuts to the Police Department for whatever reason.  Councils have no remorse cutting every other department on the municipal side.

An option that no council or councilors has looked into is the possibility of outsourcing the Police Department to the County.  This is an option other towns have taken to save money and it has worked very well, such as Standish.  So the real question is why has our Town Council NOT looked into this as an alternative solution?  Not looking into ALL options is truly an injustice to the people and to our community.

Lisbon currently pays more than $500,000.00 tax dollars to the County for services.  The taxpayers are supporting a redundant service by paying close to an additional $300,000.00 for the operation of the Communication Center which can be provided by the County.  The town would have to pay for ONLY the service it uses above the current County tax.  Androscoggin County Dispatch receives directly all 911 calls and can dispatch Police, Fire and Medical from that location instead of having to relay the information to our Communication Center to dispatch First Responders.  This puts our lives at risk and for what?  This is another area where loyalty comes before the best interest of the community.

Now let’s look at the roll the Town Manager plays in this.  The Town Manager works DIRECTLY for the Town Council and must take direction from the Town Council.  Mrs. Barnes is doing an excellent job cleaning up the mess left by the previous Town Manager Stephen Eldridge.  Our current Town Manager is working well with the Town Council on matters pertaining to the municipal side.

In this budget season, it is critical that the Town Council and our Councilors, forget loyalty, and explore all options which are in the best interest of this community and the taxpayers.

Larry Fillmore

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NaturalNews: Texans to be tracked like dogs under vaccine surveillance law‏

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lisbon’s Financial Fiasco Follies

 Chief David T. Brooks

By Peter Reuter, Special to The Lisbon Reporter

Once again the time has arrived when we find ourselves in  undoubtedly the most reverent of seasons, Budget Season.  Every taxpayer already has a license to pursue the prey of choice, ie. Municipal department.  Taxes are levied on the people’s property, personal & estate, which afford the community to carry on with normal business as usual actions.  

But what happens when no one is ‘minding the fort’ and looking out for the best interests of the community, its people?  When the past management establishment elected and hired to do so were inflicted with a very contagious social and economical disease called GREED.  You get exactly what Lisbon is experiencing right now.   

Monies from the Federal and State levels have all but disappeared that were flowing into each municipality like spring thaw after a hearty winter of snow.  Those dollars, in most cases, were desperately counted on to balance the often over budgeted municipal balance sheets.  Now towns are struggling to manage with the same services they were afforded in past years. Change must occur to correct the deficit created by not making sound economic choices.

Through lack of financial fortitude Lisbon has had to dip into the Undesignated Fund account to make up the difference for a multiple of past years. Leaving it depleted to less than a favorable level.  Lately departments have had to make significant cuts to their operational budgets and employee rosters in order to keep the financial responsibility in somewhat of an order.  For that, infrastructural suffrage have occurred.  Roads, bridges, equipment and other items have not be improved or expanded as needed.

When you look hard into the Municipal Budget of Lisbon at all the departments that have had to make cuts, one department stands out like a black and blue eye where no cuts have been made.  In fact it has been increased each and every year.  But in order to ascertain that fact you just about need to have a PHD in forensic auditing. All because the TRUE and ACCURATE accounting of the POLICE DEPARTMENT has been spread out and hidden, on purpose to confuse the people.  This has permeated and promulgated the budget each year with significant protection of your duly elected officials.

It is REFRESHING to hear that the new Town Manager has recognized this and is in the process of correcting.  Once the taxpayers learn of the TRUE EXPENSE of the Police Department, then perhaps we all can hope for a change.  Maybe Lisbon could be a more affordable community for the retired residents and appeal to people to move in to make it their home.

Lisbon Town Manager, Mrs. Diane Barnes has made significant progress in the administration process and expenditures side of things. Namely digressing from one of the 'Good Ole Boys Club' members, the previous Town Attorney.  With the challenges that she is facing we all need to lend her support at meetings or whenever we see her.  Her intentions are honorable and admirable. Something Lisbon has been lacking in recent years.

The residents have spoken loud and clear when presented with the opportunity to improve things.  A couple of examples would be the vote on the addition to the High School Gymnasium, Track, and not purchasing Worumbo Mill. And let us not forget the opportunity to vote on the School Budget each year.

Isn’t it about time we have more of say on the Municipal side of the Budget?

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Submitted by: 'Gordie'

Do You Think Lisbon's Revaluation Process Is JUST?



The Maine Constitution states that “All taxes upon real and personal estate, assessed by authority of this State, shall be apportioned and assessed equally according to the just value thereof.”  According to brochure handed out at the Revaluation Workshop by the Maine Revenue Services, the firm (doing the revaluation) will review local sales that are considered “arm’s length” transactions and create pricing schedules for land and buildings.  As a result, all properties will have an assessed value for tax purposes, typically based on current cost of construction and local market sales. 

All of this is pretty straight forward and should render an apportioned and assessed equally value of each individual’s real and personal estate.  However, one would think that real and personal estates that are foreclosed on would have to be included in the formula to ensure all property values are equal and just.  Foreclosed property definitely has an impact on the fair market value of the same property in the same area.  So why is foreclosed property not included in creating pricing schedules? 

The same is true for property listed as “Slum and Blight”.  It is impossible to say that equal property; one in a “Slum and Blight” area has the same fair market value of property not in a “Slum and Blight” area.  According to the State, “All properties will have an assessed value for tax purposes, typically based on current cost of construction and local market sales.”  Two buildings constructed the same but in to different areas of town cannot have the same local market sales value if one is in an area designated as “Slum and Blight”. 

Can someone explain why foreclosures and “Slum and Blight” properties are NOT included in the formula for determining our real estate taxes?  According to the Maine Revenue Service, our taxes are supposed to be determined by apportioned and assessed equally according to the just value  

Without including all factors in the formula, how can our taxes be equal and just? 

Larry Fillmore 

Lisbon vs Standish The Facts Not The Hype

Does Lisbon need and can it afford its Large Police Force?

When I ask this question I often get the response,"without our  Police Department Lisbon would be overrun with crime". When I ask the same people for supporting data to back up their claims they are always silent.

Lets look at the actual data and compare two Maine towns about the same size and both close to a larger city that has a much higher crime rate.

Lisbon Maine

Population 8957 ---Violent crimes-5 --- property crime-107 ---  crime index 65.

Standish Maine

Population 9901 --- violent crimes-4  --- property crime-138 ---  crime index 61.

Both of these towns seem to be relatively crime free but that is where the similarities end.

Lisbon has a 33 member Police force and has a tax mil rate of $20.98 per $1000 valuation.

Standish has the "County" police the Town and has a tax mil rate of  $12.15 per $1000 valuation.

Lets translate this information into meaningful numbers. If you  own the average Maine home worth $150,000 dollars, 

and live in --

Lisbon You pay  $3,147 in real estate taxes.

Standish you pay $1823 in real estate taxes.  

If you look at the 11 communities, our size, on Maine's "50 most dangerous places in Maine" you will discover that 9 of these 11 communities have large police forces.

Large Police Forces don't necessarily reduce crime rates.

Given the above FACTS can anyone tell me why our Councilors insist on spending money, we don't have, to support a Police Force that doesn't statistically make us any safer?  

Why is this expensive Police Department so important to our Councilors that they are willing to Foreclose on the homes and dreams of Lisbon's financially less fortunate, in order to keep this Police Force?

Don't take my word for this, do the research yourself.

Police staff and Mil rates can be found on town web sites or by calling the towns.
Crime index numbers can be found here 

Joe Hill

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lisbon HS Respect Day March 4, 2015


Lisbon – Members of the Lisbon High School Project UNIFY group is holding a Respect Day on Wednesday, March 4 in conjunction with Spread the Word to End the R Word on this day.  The program will include morning announcements promoting Respect Day/Spread the Word to End the R Word after the Pledge every morning.  Pledge sheets will be distributed in all student Advocacy’s groups to engage participation throughout the school’s population.  Posters will displayed for students to further their commitment by signing to promote the group’s mission.  Stories and related activities specifically addressing RESPECT will be shared in Advocacy groups on Thursday, March 5.  

Group discussions will be invited and encouraged to share thoughts on how to be more respectful at school, home and in the greater community.  Everyone will receive an ice cream sundae during lunches for participating on Wednesday and Thursday promoting RESPECT.  FMI on other projects and programs in the Lisbon School, volunteer and community partnerships please call 754.0021 or email  Events are posted on FaceBook at Community Resource News in Lisbon Schools.

New MEAs

According to the Maine Education Association: For the first time in Maine, students will take a new, unproven standardized test administered by a company called Smarter Balanced. The state Department of Education (DOE) is calling the test the Maine Educational Assessment or MEA. This is not the same MEA students used to take in years past.

Parents can opt their child(ren) out of the new, untested standardized tests and can demand real learning time for their child(ren).

Submitted by: Gregg

RSVP‏ Requested For Dr. Seuss Event March 6, 2015

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Dr. Seuss event happening next Friday, March 6!  Call 754.0021 or email by March 1!