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Letter: My candidacy

Given the recent focus on appointments to the Greenfield Planning Board, I want to share my own perspective.

Having been inspired by my involvement in the Master Plan process, I was further intrigued when I saw on the town website that the first responsibility of the Planning Board is proactive “long range planning,” as compared to its additional function of reactively addressing specific development proposals. I submitted my name for one of the open alternate positions, and have attended all of the board meetings since March to further prepare myself in case I got the opportunity.

I didn’t assume that I was a perfect candidate for this role or that my name would necessarily be put forward to fill it. Whether I’m qualified is for others to judge. I was delighted when I received the letter from the mayor of my appointment and disappointed when my name was withdrawn. But I did not feel embarrassed or discouraged, as was implied by Wilson Roberts in his Oct. 29 My Turn column.

Small town democracy can be passionate and sometimes messy. But there’s great power in this passion, in the active participation of engaged citizens. As I have conveyed to Mayor Martin, I remain eager to serve. And I encourage others who are similarly committed to this town and its future to become involved with their good hearts and minds.

GEORGE TOULOUMTZIS

Greenfield

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