O’Rourke: Conway Selectboard, Recorder have same goal
CONWAY — In a statement Monday night, Selectboard Chairman John O’Rourke said both the board and The Recorder share a mutual goal: to act in the best interests of the townspeople.
“Even though The Recorder and the Board of Selectmen may have different perspectives on the same issue, their overall goal is the same: to act in the best interests of the residents of Conway,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke’s comment follows earlier public statements made on July 1, in which he said he would no longer speak to The Recorder because of articles that had appeared in the newspaper that he believed portrayed the board in an incorrect light.
O’Rourke’s concern revolved around the newspaper’s coverage and its Open Meeting Law complaint against the board. At the time, O’Rourke also discouraged other town employees and committee members from speaking with the newspaper as well.
In response to O’Rourke’s earlier statements, The Recorder’s editorial board wrote an article, titled “Silent treatment” criticizing the town leader for his statements.
This week, O’Rourke said the editorial motivated the Selectboard to invite managing editor of The Recorder, Conway resident George Forcier, to the July 29 meeting of the board. Rather than attend the board meeting, Forcier and O’Rourke agreed to have a private meeting on July 24 in Conway.
“I think we both came away from the meeting with a better understanding of one another and why The Recorder and the board have taken the positions they hold,” O’Rourke said.
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