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Letter: Let’s work together

I am sorry that The Recorder articles written about my election as Hawley selectman have placed so much emphasis on the negative. I believe I won over half the vote because I had a positive message: “Let’s put our differences aside, reignite the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, and work together for the good of the town we all love.”

Healing comes when people who have been on opposite sides of an issue put their differences aside and work together. Phil Keenan, now one of my fellow selectman, and I took different positions on the river dredging after Tropical Storm Irene, but we made an effort to understand each other’s point of view and learned from the mistakes that were made. He suggested at the last Selectboard meeting that we develop a handbook to guide future leaders in responding to a natural disaster. That is what we should be doing, not remain mired in the past.

It was a pleasure to meet and speak with so many Hawley voters during the past six weeks. I visited their homes and invited them to tell me their concerns. Many of them said they were tired of the negativity, scapegoating and the entire river business. They are upset that our able and dedicated town administrator has come under attack. Townspeople want our town officials and committee members to put their energies into meeting the town’s needs: fixing roads still unrepaired after Irene, addressing difficult school budget issues, looking into the feasibility of lighting and heating town buildings with solar power, and seeking grants for which the town may be eligible.

I thank those who elected me with all my heart. I am grateful for their confidence in me and for looking positively toward the future. We have work to do. Let’s do it!

JOHN SEARS

Hawley selectman

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