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CLT Update
Monday, January 17, 2000


"Left-winger" and WBZ-TV news anchor Jack Williams' recent column did not get a free ride. Today's Boston Herald ran two letters to the editor critiquing it; one by long-time CLT member John Motta, the other by Barbara. I'll keep you posted if any others are published.

Also, noted in yesterday's Boston Globe, former Democratic National Committee chairman and top-tier Democrat fund-raiser Steve Grossman "has pledged personal and financial support" to defeat our rollback of the 1989 "temporary" income tax increase. Add that to funds extracted from indentured teachers and hapless AFL-CIO members by their greedy union bosses and the Gimme Lobby will not lack for funds in the ballot campaign ahead.

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Chip Ford

PS.  Today we've added a new section to our website, "Teacher's Aid to Independence from the Grip of Union Bosses." It provides information for teachers and other union members about and including the "Beck Decision" and how they can opt out of paying for union political causes with which they disagree.

The Boston Herald
Monday, January 17, 2000

Williams doesn't fly

Jack Williams' column is typical of the liberal media ("There's lesson in Washington ballot woes," Jan. 14). He uses derogatory terms such as "right-winger," "greed-inducing promise" and "believers in the tooth fairy" to try to get his points across. Reminds me of the Clintons' "vast right-wing conspiracy." Left-winger Williams should more carefully choose his words.

-- John Motta, Plymouth

Same old hysteria

Jack Williams was doing TV news in 1980 so he should recognize the hysteria that follows the passage of a tax limitation ballot initiative ("There's lesson in Washington ballot woes," Jan. 14).

Massachusetts' Proposition 2 was attacked the same way that Washington's Initiative 695 is being attacked, with dire predictions of disaster that never happens.

Williams has also been covering the news about the Massachusetts state surplus, the doubling of the budget in the past 12 years and the tax increases that were supposed to be used for bridges and roads. His arguments do not reflect these facts. I suppose it's OK for a TV anchor to just read the news without comprehending it, but when one becomes a columnist, it's time to connect the dots and understand the issues.

-- Barbara Anderson
Executive Director
Citizens for Limited Taxation

The Boston Sunday Globe
January 16, 2000

By Globe Staff


Grossman is beginning to speak,
act like a candidate for governor

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Steve Grossman is acting more and more like a candidate for governor in 2002. Grossman is accepting many speaking engagement invitations, has pledged personal and financial support for the campaign to oppose Governor Paul Cellucci's ballot initiative this fall to roll back the state income tax, and is meeting with potential fund-raisers. Last Monday, Grossman had lunch with about 10 top money people from the 1998 gubernatorial campaign of Scott Harshbarger. The meeting was arranged by Boston attorney Richard Glovsky, who has pledged his support if Grossman, as it appears he will, decides to make his first run for public office. Glovsky was chief fund-raiser for Harshbarger, who has said he is not considering a second campaign for governor.

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