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Letter: Hyper-partisanship

I am a Democrat and I’m voting for Isaac Mass. Some of my fellow Democrats have recently written in The Recorder that no Democrat should support a Republican for Town Council. I have served on various elected and appointed town boards for 25 years and I can’t remember any case where political party membership had any significant bearing on the kinds of decisions we dealt with.

It simply was not relevant. Not in seven years on the School Committee. Not in eight years on the former Town Council. Not in 10 years on the Zoning Board of Appeals. It just didn’t matter then, and the kinds of town issues have not changed since.

The town charter of 2002 made all elections to town offices “nonpartisan.” But what we really got was hyper-partisanship based on big box development. Now the present council seems hell-bent on purging citizen volunteers from appointed town boards if they dare to violate the “party line” on development.

Electing Isaac Mass, Penny Ricketts and a few other nonincumbents might prevent a super majority of the council from overriding the mayor’s appointments to supposedly independent citizen volunteer boards and restore some moderation to town government.

HOWARD BARNARD

Greenfield

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