July 23, 2009

Gill: Accentuate the positive

Republican mayoral candidate John Gill said that Bristol's new direction needs to include taking greater advantage of the talents its citizens have and better marketing of the city.
He said Bristol has "a pretty good job base," nice parks and recreational facilities and more that could help draw new businesses and people to town.
"What we need to do is draw attention to the positives the city has," Gill said Wednesday night.
He said that one of the problems the city has is that "there's a lot of bickering" and infighting at City Hall.
One reason for that, he said, is "there's a lot of retreads" who have been there for a long time.
Too many of them are "afraid to take a step forward and let go of what was," Gill said.
He said he's disturbed that so many projects, such as the Roberts property recreation complex, are debated but never finished.
Gill said he would impose "an organic and sustainable" plan to bring some of the projects to fruition.
"Everything has to be done in an orderly fashion," Gill said.
One way to make it happen, he said, is to draw on the talents of residents who have been left out for too long.
"People should have a voice. People need to be heard," Gill said.

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38 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess Mr. Gill will be running with the "state the obvious" slogan. Tired and old ideas for such a young man.

Anonymous said...

Retreads that vote!!!

Anonymous said...

"He said he's disturbed that so many projects, such as the Roberts property recreation complex, are debated but never finished."

Does this guy even realize that there's a recession going on? Come on R's. We can do better!

Anonymous said...

Its true that the "good-ole boys" have to go. To many favors, to many promises made by the retreads. Time for young fresh ideas.

Anonymous said...

organic and sustainable plan? what in the hell does that mean? i may just be an old retread but i don't think this young guy has any substance. what a load of crap. come on, rtc, get your stuff together.

Anonymous said...

12:13PM - Sounds like Ward blogging once again.

Anonymous said...

As a young Bristol homeowner, I am so excited to see younger people getting involved in Bristol politics. I am definitely looking forward to learning more about Gill's platform. I think I will actually vote this time around!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like he has been sitting on Zoppo's lap.

Where has he been?

Nice words from a Johnny come lately

Anonymous said...

1:10PM - Sounds like more false accusations. Once again - WRONG!

Anonymous said...

I don't want to hear about parks..I want to hear what Mr.Gill has planed for next years tax hike. What does he think abut raising taxes? What does he think about trimming services or reducing the work force at city hall? Those are the questions on peoples minds not going to a park! We are in big trouble in this city for the next few years!

Anonymous said...

He claims people have ben left out too long.
He never tried to get in, until now.

Ah, the voice of inexperience and naivete!

But then, what can one expect from a puppet.

Anonymous said...

How come Mr. Gill didn't OFFER HIS talents, sooner?
Nicastro did,Couture did, Stortz did, Ward did.
Even Ken Johnson did.

But where has mr. Gill been?

Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

Gill; the positive, the good is working.
What are YOU going to do about what isn't working, bury it in the sand?

Anonymous said...

Couldn't they have done better?

Concerned Conservative said...

The Bristol GOP has become a wing of the Team-Zoppo.

Ward in 2009 and this fiscal conservative is feeling pretty fine!

Anonymous said...

I love how there are dozens of former political people living their lives but its Zoppo who keeps popping up on this blog every day, every topic, two years after she left office? I am sure she has no idea who Mr. Gill is so please don't blame him or her that they both thought the Roberts project was a great idea. Hell, so do I, but no one listens to the middle class families in town - they only listen to the older seniors.

bad start said...

how long has this guy lived in bristol, how long has he been a republican?
what is his definition of "retreads"? doesn't sound like a very "respectful" entrance into a mayor's campaign.
does he consider anyone with any experience to be a "retread?" does he consider senior citizens to be "retreads" also?

Anonymous said...

No wonder nobody wants to run for office in this town. Listen do all of you beat this guy up in the first day and all he did was have the courage to step up and run for Mayor. That is more than most people on this blog have done!!!!

Good luck John, Thank you for giving us a choice in November and I look forward to hearing more about you and your ideas as the campaign unfolds.

Concerned Conservative said...

"Retreads"?

Yeah that's positive.

This race is OVER before it even started.

I'm sorry Mr. Mills you would be a coup for Republicans, if there were any worth mentioning.

Anonymous said...

Is he stating he is in favor of the Roberts property developement? If yes, he just lost my vote.
I want to know what he is going to do so we do NOT have any mill increase next year????

Anonymous said...

Gee Mr. Mills, if there are so many positive things existing in Bristol, the people that have been in office must have done something right!

Anonymous said...

Concerned Conserative:

Why don't you have a conversation with Mr. Gill before you toss him out?

You never met the guy and if you did, you would be just as impressed as the rest of the people were in Council Chambers.

Two people came in for another meeting and volunteered for his campaign after listening to him and talking to him.

Anonymous said...

Accentuate the positive

Get rid of the retreads.

Gill, doesn't sound like YOU are very positive.

Those "retreads" are the ones who came forward before you could vote, those "retreads" are the ones that came forward when you didn't.

You just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

...and those retreads, both locally and federally, have led us to where we are now..in trouble.

Out with the old, in with the new! If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Anonymous said...

"Out with the old, in with the new!"
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Ya, that'd be swell and all if new meant better, but sometimes new just means inexperienced, wet behind the ears and unproven. There's a lot to be said about the knowledge and experience that comes with time.

Governing Bristol is a HUGE responsibility. Before we go handing the keys to a newbie, shouldn't we make sure that he knows how to drive?

Anonymous said...

Good letter by former mayor Stortz today.
He has his eye on the donut, not on the hole.

Anonymous said...

Since Gill wasn't part of any solution, he must have ben part of the problem.

Since he refused to take part, even the past two years, when things got rocky, he has to be considered part of the problem.

Anonymous said...

Stortz no one cares about you or your letters.

Please you were the worst Mayor in Bristol's history!

The Worst.

Anonymous said...

I care!

Anonymous said...

I care too!

Anonymous said...

And me.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I care, too! Keep writing letters, Bill! What you say usually needs to be said.

Anonymous said...

1:19

You are way off base, but apparently you didn't get what YOU wanted from Stortz.

Actually, I think that Stortz did a pretty good job, and I hope he finds some way to stay involved.

Anonymous said...

Gill.

Krawieki has been involved since before you were born.

Does that make him a retread too?

Anonymous said...

Hey Bill, your unbelieveable.

Just because somethings thinks and knows you were the worst Mayor in bristol's history that means he/she didn;t get what theyw ant from you?

C'mon Bill face it, your little game playing once again, cost you a seat on the ticket.

But the real winner is the City of Bristol, b/c having you for Mayor would be worst than Ward or Couture.

Say what you want about the trumpet player Nicastro, he was a good Mayor!

Unlike you, billy boy.

Anonymous said...

3:15

Your credibilty rates about as high as your spelling.

A reflection on your intelligence and reasoning.

But just about what could be expected from you.

Anonymous said...

Gill, people have been "left out", only because like you, they did not choose to be involved!

Very few qualified people who express an interest get turned away.

Know whereof you speak before you open your mouth.

Anonymous said...

I gotta chuckle.

Stortz must be sitting at home, laughing his arse off, reading all these comments about him.
He isn't running(as of now), don't recall that he said he was, doesn't semm to be part of the republican hierarchy, and yet he getting tremendous coverage on this blog.

And he must be laughing especially hard over some of the inane and more than likely inaccurate comments.
Including his clothes.

Ironically, this is all being done by people with no names, but Bill is on of the few that puts letters in the paper, WITH HIS NAME.