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    Mass official who painted over fading crosswalks slammed for having 'no respect fo

    Massachusetts official who painted over fading crosswalks got slammed for having 'no respect for the governmental process'



    BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts town selectman who painted over fading crosswalks in his town in response to complaints from constituents was criminally charged on Tuesday for his efforts.

    George Simolaris, a selectman in Billerica, about 25 miles from Boston, said he was tired of constituents asking when the white paint would be freshened up, so he fixed the problem himself. He said he bought cans of green paint, the town's official color, and spent the weekend painting over six faded crosswalks.

    "All I've heard for months is: 'When is this going to get done?'" Simolaris said. "I got sick of it."

    Police and town officials said painting the street without authorization was illegal and charged him with two counts of destruction of property, according to Billerica police spokesman Roy Frost.

    Town Manager John Curran said the town was in the midst of a $400,000 pedestrian safety project that requires digging up the street including some of the crosswalks in question, which are slated to be repainted once construction is complete.


    He added that Simolaris would be required to repay the $4,000 cost of cleaning up the paint, which he said chipped and smeared.

    "His job is to uphold laws not break them," Curran said. "He has no respect for the governmental process."

    Simolaris defended his actions.

    "I'm just trying to do right by the people in my town," he said. "I didn't think I was intervening in other people's day-to-day activities or doing anything wrong."


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    That dude needs to spank the "town officials" with his paint pole............SMH

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    No good deed goes unpunished, especially if it usurps or challenges the arbitrary authority of someone in gov'ment.
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    what works can never be discussed online. there is only one language the government understands, and until the people start speaking it by the magazine full... things will remain the same.
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    Some places in Taxachussets are apparently paying over $2.30 per $100 assessed value in real estate taxes.
    My Northern VA taxes are really freaking high at $1.09.
    Plus better than 6% state sales tax.
    Not sure how much state income tax is....

    Next time he should just tell everyone complaining what address to visit to find out where all that money is going, and not just cover up the fact that it's being squandered.
    There are no crimes against people.
    There are only crimes against the state.
    And the state will never, ever choose to hold accountable its agents, because a thing can not commit a crime against itself.

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    i ind it funny that for months the town cant get its act together and paint over some lines... but the minute somebody else does it for them for free well they spring into action and charge him criminally immediately. wtf



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