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Letter: Not what meeting should represent

To the editor:

I was recently taken aback, shocked and angered about an incident which occurred to my husband this week.

We both attended the Sharon town meeting on Tuesday night which we do every year. My husband raised a budget issue which has concerned both of us and I think possibly others.

The discussion that followed was polite and orderly with various opinions offered. It certainly seemed no different from discussions I have witnessed at Town Meeting for 25 years.

The following morning my husband received an email from the selectman’s assistant wishing to meet with him concerning the meeting. The two did meet, and my husband was informed that his comments were unprofessional, discourteous and unappreciated. These actions taken by a paid town official, quite honestly floored me.

The whole purpose of Town Meeting is to discuss what is on the minds of the town citizens. The moderator will certainly intervene if he feels the discussion is not in the best interest of the town but otherwise discussion is what the meeting is for. Disagreement is the heart of democracy, and if anyone was unprofessional it certainly was our town employee.

Kathryn Danylik-Martens

Sharon

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