The Newsletter of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts October 2000
MacKenzie Clear Winner in
Sponsored by the League of Women MacKenzie was, by all accounts, the best
Voters, the Waltham Candidates Forum spoken of the group. His articulation
on September 12th included two and humor allowed the audience to
Democratic contenders, one Republican clearly understand his Libertarian posi-
and our own Libertarian candidate Dan tions. For example, when a question was
MacKenzie for the currently open 9th raised concerning possible conflict of
Middlesex State Representative seat. interest MacKenzie’s response was:
The forum was broadcast several times Harry Brown addresses the crowd at MassCann. Story
over Waltham Community Access Cable Well you know, I do have a conﬂict of on page seven. Photo by Jeff Chase.
on Sept. 16 and 17. interest… I want to reduce the size
of government but I recently MacKenzie clearly and effectively stated
MacKenzie and the Libertarian ideas he received a call from the OCPF. It his Libertarian position: He “wants you
explained were very well received by the turns out that I had not signed a to live your life as you want.” As a State
local crowd of about fifty people. form in the proper place and had to Representative, his focus would be on
Audience members were equally divided correct this mistake. So here I am creating a government that allows indi-
in their support for each candidate. supporting smaller government and vidual liberty and encourages personal
unintentionally increasing govern- responsibility.
This forum focused on local issues and ment by keeping the OCPF busy….
the candidates responded to questions MacKenzie was also invited the audi-
from the audience in addition to provid- On the subject of transportation, ence to consider the other Libertarian
ing prepared statements. Issues includ- MacKenzie offered a privatized solution. candidates on the ballot in this district.
ed the city involvement in Hardy Pond, He noted that the current MBTA system He mentioned the Browne and Howell
child labor laws and whether or not the is particularly inefﬁcient. The other can- campaigns and directed the audience to
candidate would be a full time State didates all offered more buses, addi- the LPMA web site for additional infor-
Representative. Other issues raised tional speciﬁc routes and no new ideas. mation.
were the MCAS tests and the MBTA.
New Bedford Libertarians Lead the Charge
2000 has been called the year Massachusetts U.S. Rep-
of the third party, and resi- resentative seat. A great
dents of South Eastern success, this debate was
Massachusetts share the professionally organized
nation’s dissatisfaction with and run despite short
the limited choices of major notice. Local media person-
party candidates. Laura alities served on the panel
Hirschmann and Mike Conway asking questions, serving as
have been working hard to moderator and covering the
bring the Greater New Bedford event. David Euchner was
Libertarian Association to the very active in his defense of
forefront of South Shore poli- Liberty on behalf of his
tics… and it is working! potential constituents.
September was a busy month Next was the Libertarian
with many events geared to Candidates Forum on
bring our candidates to a vari- Art Olivier, David Euchner, and Carla Howell at the New Bedford Candidates Forum.
Friday, September 15th. The
ety of forums. Photo by Dean Hodgkins. GNBLA arranged to have
David Euchner, Carla
First was the David Euchner,
Barney Frank and Marty Travis debate in the race for the 4th (continued on page ﬁve)
letter from the chair
What a difference! Instead of our usual single table with
We now return to our previously sched- 10 or 12 volunteers, we had ﬁve tables:
uled message of hope. two from the LPMA State Committee,
two for the Carla Howell campaign, and
So many things have gone so well since one from the Pioneer Valley
Massachusetts I wrote to you last that I don’t know if I Libertarians. Altogether, there were
can ﬁt them all in to my usual space. more than SIXTY activists there hand-
Liberty I’m sure that our excellent newsletter ing out literature for the party, for Carla
October 2000 editor Peter Schoaff1 will provide better Howell, and for Harry Browne. In con-
coverage than I can on these and other trast to previous years, we almost never
happenings, but I just had to mention Elias Israel ran into anyone who hadn’t heard of
a few of the highlights: the Libertarian Party.
Peter C. Schoaff
And both Carla Howell and Harry Browne gave
David Euchner Debates Barney Frank blockbuster speeches to the crowd, and the
Contributors crowd simply ate it up. We have never been bet-
Jeff Chase I was extremely pleased to be able to attend the
terriﬁc debates that were staged by the Greater ter received or more well-known at a MassCann
Laura El-Azem New Bedford Libertarians between incumbent event, and I’m sure it’s just a taste of what’s to
Ilana Freedman Democrat Barney Frank, Libertarian David come in future years.
Laura Hirschmann Euchner, and Republican Martin Travis. Not
Dean Hodgkins only was it a victory for Libertarians to be seen News Editors Deluged with Messages
Elias Israel taking their place at the table, the event itself
was so enjoyable and well-run that its creators, Here’s my favorite item: we’re breaking through
Doug Krick Laura Hirschmann and the returning Mike the media blockade, and it’s thanks to your
Eve Maler Conway, received well-deserved compliments help. Last month, I wrote to ask you to send a
Kay Pirrello from Libertarians, Democrats, and Republicans message to the Globe and the Herald to require
Muni Savyon alike. them to pay attention to our party and our can-
didates. At about the same time, the Carla
Christine Schoaff If you missed the ﬁrst debate between these Howell campaign sent a similar message to its
Jim Sullivan three candidates, never fear: there are two more own activist lists.
repeats coming, so be sure to check the event
calendar and go to support our candidate. The results have been astounding. Because of
Mailing Address your help (politely but ﬁrmly) pounding down
Mass. Liberty Editor the doors of the news media, they are starting
Post Ofﬁce Box 2610, Carla Howell Ads are Everywhere to get the message: the Libertarian Party and its
Boston, MA 02208 Just when the media thought that they could candidates have much, much more support
safely ignore Carla Howell, the most exciting than they ever dreamed, and we do rate greater
E-Mail Address Libertarian candidate for Senate ever, her cam- coverage.
firstname.lastname@example.org paign began airing their hard-hitting radio ads, Some news editors report that they’ve received
and began placing ads on more than 151 movie between 50 and 100 messages a day asking
Next Deadline screens in Massachusetts theatres. them to cover our candidates and especially
October 9, 2000 our standard-bearer Carla Howell. Some papers
Talk about making a difference! The day the
radio ads hit, press coverage of the campaign have even printed a request for us to stop
Massachusetts Liberty is the
started to reappear. The press are now begin- because the volume is so great!
official newsletter of the ning to say what we’ve known all along. Today, But we shouldn’t stop. If you have sent mes-
Libertarian Party of as I write this, the Boston Herald admits that sages to the press, then my thanks go out to
Massachusetts, a state afﬁl- the GOP contender, Jack Robinson, is not a seri- you. Only through efforts like yours can people
iate of the Libertarian Party ous candidate. According to the Herald article, see the support there is for Small Government!
of the United States.
by Karen Crummy, this fact “… leaves only If you haven’t sent a message to the press yet,
Howell as serious opposition to Kennedy - then there’s no time like the present. Fire up
Massachusetts Liberty is pub- regardless of what polls say - because she your computer or your typewriter or just a pad
lished twelve times a year. treats the issues and her candidacy seriously.” and pen and write a letter or an email to all of
Subscriptions are $15 per And it gets better: major news media editors, the media outlets you can ﬁnd. Let’s let them
writers, and even Barney Frank are now calling hear what they should be hearing.
for Senator Kennedy to debate Carla Howell.
Send changes of address, Kennedy’s ofﬁce says that it will consider “such
subscription requests, and things” when the Senate’s legislative session Victory!
materials for publication to closes at the beginning of October. Stay tuned!
Massachusetts Liberty’s e-mail
1 Send him email at email@example.com and
address or mailing address. MassCann Freedom Rally is a Triumph tell him what a great job he’s doing. Better yet,
All submissions are subject At the MassCann Freedom rally on September send him an article about what the Libertarians
to editing. Deadline is the 16, Libertarians not only went to the event, in your part of the state are up to.
fifteenth day of every Libertarians practically owned the event.
2 Massachusetts Liberty October 2000
Senate Race Documentary
LSaturday, Social Maler .
WGBH AirsWGBH followed Carla Howell’s campaign to a At ibertarian October 21, 3:00and. Elias Israel, 105 Lexington
Monday, October 2
Last month the home of Eve
number of campaign events to collect material for a docu- Street, Burlington. RSVP (781) 270-9441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
mentary on her race against Ted Kennedy. The documentary is Call for directions.
scheduled to air for the ﬁrst time on the evening of October 2.
Come hungry, because there will be a lot of food! Feel free to
P rovincetown Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 P.M.
At the Provincetown Inn on the first Wednesday of each
bring your beverage or dessert of choice. We will also be
showing a Libertarian movie (title to be announced) at 5pm,
but seating is limited. If you want to see the movie, RSVP early
month. Coffee and pastries will be on hand and the commit- so we can plan accordingly.
tee will be working to make an event of each meeting.
Everyone is welcome. Contact Dave Atkinson at 508/487-0759
for more information or directions. Worcester County Libertarian. Association Everyone is
Sunday, October 15, 6:00 PM
Tweed's Pub Restaurant, 231 Grove St., Worcester.
WhitmanRoom at TJ’sTown Committee 18 near Route 27 in
Tuesday, October 10, 6:45 .
Pub, on Route
Meeting invited and welcome. Interested activists can contact Kevin
Haskell at email@example.com for more information.
Whitman. Pizza and soda available starting at 6:30 P.M..
LPMA Board Meeting 9, 10:00
Saturday, December A.M.
N ashoba Valley Libertarians Meeting
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 P.M.
At the home of Peter and Christine Schoaff, 1 Sweetwood
Location to be Determined.
Circle, Westford. All Libertarians in Westford, Chelmsford,
Littleton, and nearby towns are encouraged to attend.
Pioneer ValleyOctober 11,The PioneerMeeting
Association meets the second Wednesday of every month at
Bickford's on Boston Road in Springﬁeld.
Elected Libertarian List Continues to Grow
Three new members have joined our ranks of elected Ilana Freedman Town Meeting Member, Billerica
Libertarians. John Beauregard, Alvin See, and Linwood Gay Conservation Commission, Billerica
are all working for freedom in their local government. Arts Council, Billerica
Industrial Financing Auth., Billerica
In addition Ilana Freedman has been appointed to a number Middlesex Canal Commission
of positions in Billerica. This brings our totals to 22 ofﬁce- Richard Freedman Town Meeting Member, Billerica
holders in 33 positions. Linwood A. Gay Moderator, Onset Fire District
Russ Hamilton Mohawk Trail Regional School Board
Jack Hirschmann Town Meeting Member, Dartmouth
David Atkinson Selectman, Provincetown Laura Hirschmann Town Meeting Member, Dartmouth
Richard Avery Town Meeting Member, Arlington Ron “Rocky” Jepson Town Meeting Member, Saugus
Bill Bates Planning Board, Ludlow Finance Committee, Saugus
MA Open Space Planning Comm. Craig Mathias Chairman, Ashland Board of Select.
USDA Farm Service Agency, Jim Mollison Town Meeting Member, Billerica
Hamden County Bob O’Keefe Town Meeting Member, Dedham
John “Jay” Beauregard Town Meeting Member, Plymouth Raymond Phoenix Planning Board, Ludlow
John Brickner Planning Board, Wales Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Commissioner, Pioneer Valley Ben Rivard-Rapoza Town Meeting Member, Dartmouth
Planning Commission Robert D. Ruplenas Chairman, Weymouth Cultural Cncl.
Capital Planning Committee, Christine Schoaff Library Board of Trustees, Westford
Town of Wales Alvin See Flood Control Board, Westﬁeld
Steven Epstein Zoning Board of Appeals, Georgetown
Jerome Erickson Town Meeting Member, Holbrook
October 2000 Massachusetts Liberty 3
Patrick El-Azem Kicks Off Campaign Christine Schoaff
Patrick El-Azem and his campaign that isn’t possible in the short
team officially started the cam- term, I want to work to improve
paign season with a well attend- the system that we have. So
ed kick-off event. Over thirty peo- school choice is one big part of
ple filled the El-Azem home in that and the other is to reduce the
Chelmsford, enjoying good com- current regulatory burden on pri-
pany and good food. Patrick El- vate and parochial schools.”
Azem is running for State
Representative in 16th Middlesex “One way to really improve
district covering Carlisle and schools and education in the
Chelmsford. Commonwealth and in my dis-
trict, will be to return power to the
El-Azem’s kick off speech was well local administrators and princi-
received. El-Azem wants to return pals. Local school boards know
ﬁscal responsibility to the State who to run their schools well.
House, If elected he will focus on Patrick El-Azem addresses supporters at his September campaign kick-off.
Bureaucrats in Boston are too far
the budget, taxes, school choice Photo by Christine Schoaff. removed to do a good job.”
and health care.
the reasons for those votes immediately El-Azem’s focus on health care stems
El-Azem decided to run for State available to the public through a web from a recent personal experience.
Representative last spring. The news site. He vowed to include even those Since he recently changed jobs, El-Azem
reports of un-professional conduct by votes which were not roll-called. If elect- tried to purchase a private insurance
state legislators was a deciding factor. ed, El-Azem’s goal will be to vote in policy for himself and his family.
El-Azem wants to return propriety and accordance with the majority of his con- Unfortunately, state regulations prohib-
decorum to the State House. stituents as well as to stand ﬁrmly for it insurance companies from selling
his own convictions. individual policies unless the individual
“It took over 200 years for the state bud- meets a whole set of criteria.
get to reach $10 billion,” noted El-Azem. “Electing two or three Libertarians this
“It required only an additional 10 years year will not magically provide good, “I would need to be a recent immigrant
to double this to over $20 billion, “ he thrifty, small government,” said El- from Mars to qualify to purchase a poli-
added. “Its time to reign in the outra- Azem, “ but it will move the state house cy here in Massachusetts,” said El-
geous growth of our state government. in the right direction and I will bring Azem, “and this is just wrong.” In speak-
The state budget has been growing at more accountability to you, my con- ing with his doctors, El-Azem also dis-
twice the rate of inﬂation. Every dollar stituents.” covered that they said that half of their
spent by state legislator was part of ofﬁce staff is generally devoted to gov-
someone’s paycheck or fixed income. Part of the El-Azem campaign will focus ernment mandated paperwork and
The majority of current state representa- on the repeal of the “temporary income reports. “We need fewer regulations on
tives have forgotten this fact and are tax hike.” “It has been 11 years since this doctors and more accountability,” says
wantonly and recklessly spending too temporary tax was enacted,” says El- El-Azem. “I would work to open up the
much of your money.” Azem, “I want to go to the State House medical practice so that you the con-
to ensure that it is ﬁnally repealed. With sumer could purchase the insurance you
“Above and beyond ﬁscal prudence, I this great economy, now is the time to wanted and you could easily get infor-
want to be a ﬁscal watchdog.” repeal this increase. Once there is a mation to use to compare doctors.”
slowdown in the economy, it will be too
El-Azem wants to focus his efforts on late and our currently outrageous Overall, El-Azem is running for State
“good government, properly funded.” He spending practices will be even more Representative so that he can bring back
promised to make all of his votes and difﬁcult to support. Now is the time to the sprit and attitude of public service.
reign in spending and lower taxes.” “State Representatives are employee’s
of the people.” Further information
With regards to education, El-Azem about the El-Azem for State
investigated the issue and discovered Representative campaign is available at
that the Pioneer Institute, a public poli- www.elazem2000.org.
cy think tank based in MA, had already
done a study on the subject of school Anyone who is in the greater Lowell
choice. “What they found is that school area, especially Chelmsford or Carlisle,
choice helps everyone: students and and would like to help out the El-Azem
school districts alike.” campaign by volunteering some time,
sporting one of their spiffy bumper
“Students who transfer to other schools stickers, or by making a donation to pay
beneﬁt immensely and school districts for yard signs, please get in touch with
who are loosing students begin to Laura El-Azem at
respond to competition and provide a firstname.lastname@example.org. s
better education to stem the losses. It
would be wonderful to have a complete-
The El-Azem campaign team: Bill Woods, Patrick El- ly non-governmental system but since
Azem, Laura El-Azem, and Barbara Galasso
4 Massachusetts Liberty October 2000
Activist Krick Founds Pink Pistols
A new group has formed in Boston, MA The organization has drawn their name
named, “The Pink Pistols”. In less than a from an article by Jonathan Rauch of the
month of starting the formation Independent Gay Forum, and Salon
process, a new chapter arose in Magazine. The name was deliberately
Baltimore, MD. The Pink Pistols is tar- chosen because it draws on existing
geted at protecting the ﬁrearm rights of public imagery.
the “alternative sexuality” communities.
Instead of protecting just the rights of Currently the Pink Pistols has approxi-
the traditional Gay and Lesbians, they mately 20 members in the Boston area
also are inclusive to the Bisexual, and 20-30 members nationally. The idea
Transgender, BDSM, and the has taken off rather quickly — shortly
Polyamarous communities. after Krick started the Boston chapter, a
Pink Pistols formed in Baltimore,
Each chapter meets at least once a Maryland. Chapters are also starting in
month to go shooting at a local gun Minnesota and Delaware. The organiza-
range to practice their skills. Details tion has been featured in stories in Bay
regarding the times and locations of the Windows, and Newsweek magazine.
shoots can be found on the Pink Pistols Pink Pistols founder Doug Krick
web site, http://www.pinkpistols.org. From the article in Newsweek:
Howell also earned points for her state- Gay Voices in The Gun Lobby
The Pink Pistols also rates candidates ment that “all adults should be treated And George Bush thinks debates are
for public ofﬁce based on a survey of equally under the law. As a politician it’s tricky. The Pink Pistols, a new pro-
their positions on issues such as gay not my job condone nor condemn any gun, pro-gay political-action group,
civil rights and the right of all citizens to particular lifestyle.” is asking candidates if they support
bear arms without restrictions. A list of the sale of hollow-point bullets and
the questions asked of each candidate “I’m excited by the amount of interest the right of marriages involving
can also be found on the web site. already expressed the Pink Pistols”, said three or more people. With an infor-
Unlike most PACs (Political Action founder Douglas Krick. “I’ve already mational Web site and no fund-rais-
Committees), the candidate’s answers received interest in our group from ing, these Boston-based recreation-
are also made available to the public. places as far away as Minnesota. At this al shooters of “alternative sexuality”
Libertarian candidate Carla Howell, who rate, I expect that we will grow and hope to influence the gun-rights
is challenging Ted Kennedy’s seat in the become a truly national organization in issue. Founder Doug Krick, a
U.S. Senate, scored an A+ for her a relatively short time.” “polyamorous bisexual” who favors a
responses, including her declaration Glock .40, admits it’s “an unusual
that she “is a 100% pro-gun candidate.” combination.” s
New Bedford Leads the Way in Activism
(continued from ﬁrst page) editorial staff noted that they had ber of radio stations including
received over 400 letters in support of WBSM(1420) and WINQ(99.7),
Howell and Art Olivier, our Vice debates in the U.S. Senate race.
Presidential Candidate speak to a good As Muni Savyon notes, “The Greater
crowd of enthusiastic supporters and In addition, ABC Channel 6 ran a story New Bedford Libertarian Association is
voters interested in what the LP has to on the candidates forum, including turning into the most active local group
offer. They arranged a full weekend of Carla Howell’s speech in its nightly in Massachusetts, at least in terms of
events for Mr. Oliver as well. He spoke at broadcast. Media coverage also includ- media handling and coverage. They
the candidates forum at the Melville ed BSM radio and the Associate Press. organize events, send press releases,
Towers and was well received by an Media coverage for the U.S. invite the media, and — surprise! — it
elderly audience. Representative debates was extensive works.”
as well, including almost one dozen
The New Bedford Standard Times has clearly reporters and camera-people. Articles The GNBLA meets regularly at the
noticed all the activity. The ran a front ran in the Standard Times, The Boston Globe Wamsutta club in New Bedford. You can
page article including color pictures and other papers. reach the GNBLA at their new phone
covering Mr. Olivier’s campaign events. number 508-996-VOTE. At this number
They also ran an editorial that clearly The ﬁnal event of the week was a speak- you can reach Laura Hirschmann, Brian
stated their new found respect for the ing slot at the Autumn Air Festival in Thomas, Mike Conway or ﬁnd out about
Libertarian party, its candidates and its Fitchburg at the Fitchburg Airport. Both upcoming events.
local organization. In support of debates Mr. Olivier and Ms. Howell were able to
between Carla Howell and her oppo- address a large crowd and advance the “We are now known as a player in this
nents, the Standard Times printed Ms. Libertarian Party and their own cam- area,” says Laura Hirschmann,, “and we
Howell’s open letter to Kennedy (see paigns. In addition to the speaking intend to keep up our efforts to get our
page eight) and a letter from an sub- events, Laura Hirschmann arranged for Libertarian candidates elected.” s
scriber in support of the debates. The Mr. Olivier to be interviewed by a num-
October 2000 Massachusetts Liberty 5
notes from around the state
LPCA Welcomes Student Activists a big help in this effort, And you might Freedman Speaks at MSPCC Panel
get to be on TV too!
Libertarian student activists will be On Friday, September 8th, Ilana
interested in the LP Campus Activist So You Want To Be on Television? Freedman took part in a panel held by
(LPCA) discussion group moderated by Become a Libertarian Candidate! the Massachusetts Society for
Marc Brandl. LPCA was born in January Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The
of 2000 and has quickly become the Peter Schoaff and Patrick El-Azem have panel included an incumbent State
largest libertarian campus activist dis- been scheduled to appear on ATT Senator, an incumbent State
cussion group in the world. With more Channel 3, the local cable access news Representative, an aide presenting the
than 100 members representing 26 station based in Lowell. Channel 3 will views of another State Rep., and anoth-
states, 4 countries, 30 campus groups be broadcasting the primary night elec- er challenger.
and growing all the time, LPCA is the tion returns live. Peter and Patrick will
best way to get connected with the bur- be conducting a mini-debate with their The audience, composed almost entire-
geoning Libertarian student movement. opponents while they wait for poll num- ly of women who worked in the social
bers to be reported. services field and mothers of special
LPCA is meant for Libertarian student needs children, voiced their concerns
activists of all stripes, whether they are That same night Laura El-Azem is and complaints about the failures of the
involved in a College Libertarian style appearing on local TV show Politically current system. Ilana Freedman had sev-
club, drug reform, philosophy, student Incorrectable on a three-person (one L, eral opportunities to praise and urge
government, etc.. one R, one D) panel talking about the further support of private initiatives or
Presidential election. Carla Howell is public-private collaborations. She was
The purpose of LPCA is for students to scheduled for the second half hour of joined by several in the audience in her
discuss the mechanics of activism and this show after the panel. criticism of the bureaucratic obstacles
to bring Libertarian student activists to the proper functioning of the system,
into contact with another from disparate National Volunteer Site Working including their focus on the system
parts of the country and the world. For Wonders! rather than on the children.
more information contact Marc Brandl
at email@example.com. LP.org/volunteer has a great web site. Libertarians Outpoll Opponents
We’re getting offers of time and effort
MacKenzie Organizes Waltham from people almost every day! Now A surprising new poll says more
Stand-Outs LPMA needs a Volunteer Coordinator to Americans are libertarians than conser-
help get these new volunteers in touch vatives or liberals — suggesting that the
State Representative candidate Dan with the activists and campaigns in their traditional Left/Right political spectrum
MacKenzie is organizing Libertarian area. Please contact Christine Schoaff if has become obsolete in the 21st centu-
sign stand-outs in Waltham. These will you want to help make a difference for ry, the Libertarian Party said today.
include one event at the corner of Liberty!
Lexington Street and Trapelo Road According to a just-released survey by
among others. They are expected to Ziobro Protests Debate Spending Rasmussen Research, 16% of Americans
happen on each Saturday from now — about one of every six voters —
until the election from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. After discovering that the State of strongly support libertarian positions
For more information or to volunteer Massachusetts had spent close to a mil- on issues, compared to only 13% who
please contact Dan at lion dollars in taxpayers money to pre- are staunchly liberal and 7% who are
firstname.lastname@example.org. pare UMass Boston for a presidential consistently conservative.
debate between Bush and Gore, Walter
Saugus Organizing and Preparing for Ziobro drafted the following resolution In response to the individual questions,
Cable Access which was passed by the LP State surprisingly large numbers of Americans
Committee. supported supposedly “radical”
Ron Jepson is working to organize a Libertarian positions on issues, noted
Saugus Libertarian Town Committee. "WHEREAS, the University of
Massachusetts has offered a location at it Dasbach. For example:
Please contact him if you would like to
campus in Boston for the purpose of host-
be involved. Also, Ron is going to be ing a debate for the Presidential candi- • 28% agreed that drug laws did more
looking into starting a local cable access dates, and WHEREAS the Commonwealth harm than good and should be
libertarian program. If you have ideas or has made available to the University repealed.
suggestions, please contact Ron as well. $900,000 of the taxpayers’ money for the
purpose of this debate, and WHEREAS the • 30% agreed that all foreign aid should
Cable Access in Marblehead? Presidential Debate Commission has be privately funded.
failed to invite Harry Browne, the
Dave Rizzo was involved with a panel Presidential candidate of the Libertarian • 42% agreed that businesses and farms
discussion program on his local cable Party, a fully qualiﬁed Party under the laws should operate without government
access station in Marblehead. The host of Massachusetts, WE, the State subsidies.
has since moved on but the rest of the Committee of the Libertarian Party of
group has approached Dave about con- Massachusetts, do hereby demand the • 36% agreed that “we should end taxes”
tinuing the program this fall. The only return of the $900,000 from the University and Americans should pay for govern-
of the Massachusetts to the General Fund ment services with user fees.
change they want to make is to provide of the Commonwealth."
a more libertarian point of view! As
always, an extra pair of hands would be
6 Massachusetts Liberty October 2000
Libertarians Excite Crowd at Freedom Rally
Over forty thousand people filled the event reported that the mem-
the Boston Common on Saturday, bers of the crowd here more aware
September 16th to call for an end to of the Libertarian Party than in past
marijuana prohibition. They were years. Fewer quizzes were given
treated to speeches by U.S. Senate because many in the crowd were
candidate Carla Howell and already familiar with the party plat-
Presidential candidate Harry form.
Browne who called for an end to the
war on drugs. Congressional candidate David
Euchner worked the crowd during
‘’The war on drugs is a tragic, ﬂawed the event, signing up new
failure,’’ said Browne. “It’s not a war Libertarians and building support
on drugs, it’s a war on the American U.S. Senate candidate Carla Howell addresses the Freedom Rally for his campaign.
The Pioneer Valley Liberty
‘’It is not the government’s business to tell people what they Association was out in force at the event. A number of volun-
should or should not put in their bodies. If elected president, teers helped out at their table including many candidates.
I would pardon every nonviolent federal drug prisoner to These included State Representative candidate Alan Wilcox,
make room Governors Council candidate Richard Watras, State Senate
for the mur- Candidate Michael Froimowitz, State Representative candi-
derers, date Terry Franklin, Michael Serafin, George Phillies, Pit
rapists, and Warren, Kevin Haskell, and Jeff Chase.
ters who get At the end of the day, volunteers had distributed over 40,000
out of Carla Howell ﬂyers, 40,000 Harry Browne ﬂyers, signed up new
on plea bar-
e a r l y
C a r l a
The Pioneer Valley Liberty Association was out in force. Photo
by Jeff Chase.
herself from her opponent saying, “U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy
is a right-wing hawk in this war against marijuana users.
Senator Kennedy has voted for mandatory minimums for mar-
ijuana convictions. Voted for asset forfeiture. Voted for the war
on drugs time after time after time. Refused to allow states to
legalize medical marijuana.”
While Browne and Howell pumped up the crowd, Libertarian
activists worked the crowed handing out pamphlets, adminis-
tering the worlds smallest political quiz, and registering new
Libertarian voters. Over 50 volunteers manned tables from the
Libertarian Party of Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley Liberty Congressional candidate David Euchner works the crowd. Photo by Jeff Chase.
Association, and the Carla Howell and David Euchner cam-
members, registered new Libertarian voters, and delivered the
Carla Howell signs were seen throughout the crowd which Libertarian message of smaller government loud and clear. s
responded enthusiastically to the Libertarian message of
individual liberty and personal responsibility. Volunteers at
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regular articles and cover interesting Libertarian events. Most conventions, fairs, gun shows, and similar events around the
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October 2000 Massachusetts Liberty 7
Carla Howell Challenges Kennedy to Debate
Recently Carla Howell has made news with Senator Kennedy, can’t you rise to
her open letter to Ted Kennedy. News out- the level of Senator Robert
lets have been deluged with letters in sup- Kennedy?
port of Ms. Howell, and even Barney I’m Carla Howell, the Libertarian
Frank has called for a debate. candidate for the U.S. Senate seat
Dear Senator Kennedy, you currently hold.
Your staff and the Greater Boston The voters and citizens of
News Media say you’re too busy to Massachusetts have made my cam-
campaign for U.S. Senate in paign the best-funded, most widely
Massachusetts. Until October. supported Third Party Grass Roots
After all, you are a 38-year Senior campaign in America.
U.S. Senator. You have bills to pass. Bigger than Jesse Ventura’s 1998
Regulations to put into law. Senate campaign in Minnesota.
votes to inﬂuence. Is this why you won’t face me? The
Senator John McCain faced the chance of a Jesse Ventura upset here
same challenges you do. Yet he Carla Howell at the candidates forum in New Bedford in Massachusetts?
found time to vigorously campaign Some reporters and political insid-
for the Presidency across New ers say that you’re not campaigning because you don’t have
England, then the rest of America. Senator John McCain had to. Why take a chance? Why give Bay Staters a chance of elect-
time to meet voters retail. To attend town forums. To debate ing a “Rocky” or a Jesse Ventura? Why not play it safe?
his opponents. He debated the other candidates 18 times. Pretend you’re above it all. Act like you’re going for a corona-
In 1980, when you launched your campaign for the Presidency, tion, rather than running to represent the people.
against sitting Democrat President Jimmy Carter, you made Other reporters and political insiders say you don’t have a ﬁre
time to campaign. You campaigned retail in New England, in your belly. After 38 years, you’re worn out, your skills are
then across America. You went to town meetings. And you did stale, and you just don’t have what it takes.
Senator Kennedy, I don’t believe these charges. I think you’re
Your brother John never ducked a debate. He viewed it as a getting bad advice from people who don’t want you to do the
public responsibility. In 1962, when President John F. Kennedy right thing.
was asked how he felt about the 1964 Presidential election, he
said he looked forward to debating Senator Barry Goldwater. Senator Kennedy, let’s debate the issues. Health Care. Gun
Control VS. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms. War on Drugs.
President John F. Kennedy eagerly anticipated debating the Social Security. You and I are diametrically opposed on these
fundamental differences between his New Frontier Liberalism issues and the fundamental issues facing America.
and Barry Goldwater’s Western Conservatism.
This is the kind of debate that your brother John wanted to
Your brother John knew that debates were good for America. have against Barry Goldwater. They can’t have this debate. But
He was a man of courage. you and I can. A debate of ideas. A debate for Massachusetts
Your brother Robert never ducked a debate. Against tremen- voters. A debate that could ignite more interest in politics in
dous odds, he launched a campaign for the Presidency in this state. A debate that could answer Harvard University’s
1968. He did it to stop the No-Win, Morally Wrong War in “Vanishing Voter Project” by involving more voters.
Vietnam. He debated Vice-President Hubert Humphrey. He Senator Kennedy, I propose that the Boston Globe, the Boston
debated Senator Eugene McCarthy. He looked forward to Herald, other major newspapers, and the major Massachusetts
being nominated for the Presidency and debating President TV stations sponsor 3 prime time debates. All 3 major candi-
Richard Nixon. dates - Ted Kennedy, Jack Robinson, and Carla Howell -
Your brother Robert knew that debates were good for should face the cameras and face the voters.
America. He was a man of courage. I look forward to a spirited debate on the issues.
Senator Kennedy, can’t you rise to the level of Senator John small government is beautiful,
Senator Kennedy, can’t you rise to the level of President John Libertarian for U.S. Senate
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8 Massachusetts Liberty October 2000
Libertarian David Euchner Debates Barney Frank
The Greater New Bedford Libertarian and stories about the debate appeared
Association organized and sponsored a in The Boston Globe and The Standard
debate for the 4th Massachusetts district Times.
U.S. Representative seat. Libertarian
David Euchner, Republican Marty Travis Laura Hirschmann and Mike Conway
and Democratic incumbent Barney Frank were the driving force behind the organi-
all participated. The debate was a great zation and presentation of this debate.
success, professionally organized and Steve Olson from the Whitman
run. Local media luminaries comprised Libertarian Town Committee was instru-
the panel including Ron Harbaugh,, mental in setting up the entire debate
news anchor ABC-6 Providence/New series.
Bedford, Brian Higgins, talk radio host The Euchner Campaign is running full
WMEX and Steve Urbon, Editor, speed ahead. Two more debates are
Standard-Times. Brian Higgins is a local scheduled. In addition, Euchner regular-
libertarian as well. ly speaks at the Whitman Town
The room at the Wamsutta club was Committee meetings. He also appeared
packed with over 100 people. Supporters at a Portuguese Immigration event in
were approximately equally divided New Bedford. Unlike the other candi-
among all the candidates. Prior to the Art Olivier and David Euchner at the New Bedford can- dates and officials who spoke at this
beginning of the debate, supporters of didates forum. Photo by Dean Hodgkins. event, Euchner clearly stated his
each candidate held signs at the parking Libertarian position that immigration
lot entrance to raise the ante for their candidate. Balloons controls should be removed and that
and signs added to the excitement of the events. local control of criminal matters is paramount. Local control
is important to immigrant communities across the
Issues discussed ranged from Social Security to foreign poli- Commonwealth because currently the distant INS oversees
cy, to the MCAS tests. David Euchner provided a principled many deportations and other issues. Euchner and Mike
discussion of his Libertarian points of view. When he declared Conway both heard from attendees after the event that
that the MCAS tests should not be mandatory, he received Euchner was the only believable candidate present.
spontaneous applause from the whole crowd. Euchner clearly
differentiated the Libertarian positions from the positions of Next was the GNBLA’s candidate forum with Vice Presidential
his two opponents. He was articulate and very well spoken by candidate Art Olivier and US Senate Candidate Carla Howell.
all accounts. Although the crowd was small, the response was good and
this was another opportunity to bring the Libertarian ideas to
Overall, the debate was an example of civility and a great more of the local voters.
example of local activists making a difference during the elec-
tion season. Saturday found the Euchner campaign busy at the Mass Cann
Rally. Although not a featured speaker, Euchner helped at the
This debate is one of three, each sponsored by the party of tables passing out LP brochures, answering questions and
one of the candidates. Euchner will have a few weeks to prac- generally being a great ambassador for Libertarians every-
tice his debating skills and to coordinate additional informa- where.
tion on the history of his opponents and the issues.
Sunday, he is off to a Republican Pig-Roast. This is a public
ATT Broadband taped the debate an will be broadcasting it event to which Euchner was invited by Libertarian leaning
throughout out the district (from New Bedford to Brookline). Republican in his district. As always, you never know where
Numerous newspapers in the area carried coverage of the you will ﬁnd support so it is important to treat all voters with
debate. Reporters from the Associated Press were on hand respect. s
Westford TC Takes Libertarianism to Schools
An organizer from the Abbot Elementary and then an election on November 7th. know about the opportunities of the
school in Westford contacted Christine Libertarian Party,” says Christine
Schoaff to provide Libertarian point of Cliff Ryding will present the positions of Schoaff, LPMA Executive Director.
view during the mock election activities the Libertarian party and Harry Browne.
over the next few months. This whole set of events is sponsored by “On a related note, the Libertarian Party
the JFK library and the University of was included because the Town Clerk in
Between now and November 7th, chil- Massachusetts Boston. Is your local Westford saw that we were active with
dren in grades 3, 4, 5,and 6 will be school participating? Have you offered candidates and a town committee. She
involved in a mock election process. to represent the LP? new who to contact in town to reach
This includes an explanation of the why Libertarians. Again, just a few small
people vote, how to register, an oppor- “These are the next generation of voters. activities really add up and pay off in
tunity to register, a debate among repre- It really is a long term investment to the long run, “ adds Christine Schoaff. s
sentative of the Presidential candidates take a few minutes to be sure that
today’s elementary school children
October 2000 Massachusetts Liberty 9
Libertarian Party of Massachusetts Contact List
web www.lpma.org email email@example.com phone 800-JOIN-LPM
Chair Board Member Littleton Town Committee
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Dave Rizzo firstname.lastname@example.org Student Groups Holyoke
77 Green Street 781-631-1484 UMass Libertarian Society Sally Howes 413-536-4986
Marblehead, MA 01794 Michael Froimowitz email@example.com Lexington
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617-441-0909 x206 Scituate
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Boston Regional Chair Dartmouth Libertarian Town Committee Tewksbury
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Boston, MA 02215 Framingham Libertarian Town Committee
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79 Chittick Road #2 617-678-LPMA(day)
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10 Massachusetts Liberty October 2000
The Partnership For a Free Massachusetts Muni Savyon
The most important task before the LPMA is recruiting new The program will run until December 31, 2000, but don’t wait
dues-paying members, and you can help. You can recruit a until the last minute. We will publish the names of the
family member, a friend, or a co-worker. Here how it works: recruiters in Massachusetts Liberty starting on October.
• Recruit the new member: Use the form on the other side of • It is tempting, but please don’t buy the membership for your
this page. Have the new member ﬁll in the form and write a friends or family members – they have to pay for it them-
check for the yearly membership fee of $25, payable to LPMA. selves. You can offer, if you want to, to pay $5, or pay half of
their second year membership, but if they don’t pay anything,
• Thank the new member, and tell them that within few weeks they will not appreciate it and most likely will not renew.
they will receive a welcome letter, and every month they will
receive LP News and Massachusetts Liberty. Don’t forget to take • Who not to recruit: 1. People who are obviously non-liber-
the form and the check. tarians. The whole purpose of the program is to grow the
party. Your friends or family members who believe in Big
• Send the form – the whole page, with your name on it – and Government may join as a personal favor to you, but they are
the check to LPMA, P.O. Box 2610, Boston, MA 02208. not going to help making the LP stronger. 2. You can ask your
employer or your supervisor to join, but not your employees -
That’s it. David Roscoe, our membership secretary, will this is a touchy area that you’d better avoid.
process the form and record the fact that you recruited a new
member. All recruiters will be honored and mentioned in • Out of state new members - with every member that you
Massachusetts Liberty, and the top 3 recruiters will also recruit you make the LP stronger, but this is an LPMA pro-
receive: gram. Dave will be happy to process the new members from
other states, but only new members from Massachusetts will
Third place: “The Essence of Political Persuasion”, a count towards the prizes.
3-tape set by Michael Cloud.
• Lines you can use persuading people to join: “$25/year is
Second Place: Michael Cloud’s new 2-CD set, just 7 cents a day – I’m sure you can afford 7 cents a day for
“Personal Responsibility” and “Liberty or Liberty.” “You vote Libertarian, and you consider yourself a
License?”, introduced by Jim Sullivan. libertarian – give the LP a try. If the LP doesn’t meet your val-
First place: Both the 3-tape and the 2-CD sets. ues, you don’t have to renew.”
In addition, the 2001 Convention Committee of the LPMA will • Want to recruit more that one person a month, or you want
give a free ticket to one new member, and a free ticket to the to keep the whole issue of Mass Liberty? Make a photocopy of
member who recruited him/her – the more new members you the last page, or use other membership forms and add a note
recruit, the better your chances are. with your name and address, so Dave Roscoe can give you the
credit for the new members you recruit. Remember to mail it
to the address of the LPMA, not to the National LP.
Rizzo Campaign Seeks Volunteers Ilana Freedman campaign Seeks Volunteers
Dave Rizzo’s campaign is actively seeking volunteers in the The Freedman Committee is gearing up for a major campaign
North Shore area to do all the things campaigns do: write push. This means major television and print advertising, door-
press releases, develop a web site, write position papers, get to-door campaigning, massive mailings, major fund raising
bumper stickers, yard signs and letterhead, fund raise, contact events, and a lot more.
the media, and walk the district door-to-door. Please contact
Mr. Rizzo at 781-631-1484. This is going to be a hard-hitting, high proﬁle campaign as
Ilana Freedman takes on the establishment and demands that
Wilcox Campaign Seeks Volunteers the lobby-driven state government is given back to the people
The Alan Wilcox campaign in the 2nd Hampden district is also
looking for volunteers. This district covers Hampden, Join the team to elect Ilana Freedman to the State Senate by
Longmeadow, Wales, and pieces of other towns in the area. To calling 978/362-2140 or visit the Freedman web site at
volunteer please contact Mr. Wilcox at 413-596-8507. www.ilana.org.
Carla Howell campaign wants your help Euchner Campaign Needs Volunteers
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room, or club anywhere in Massachusetts. Or just send a con- er2000.org. s
tact name and phone number to Kay Pirrello at kpirrello@car-
lahowell.org or call (978) 741-2581.
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