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Letter: Real leadership in Pittsfield

To the good citizens of Pittsfield: I spent Election Day at the town hall. I went to sell eggs, support the candidates and thank the voting staff for their service. Without them we could not open the polls and keep everything straight. I was among 283 voters (small crowd) with widely held views, but all had one goal: to do right by our town.

School District Moderator Ammy Ramsey ran a great meeting. It took 26 minutes to give the school what it needed, short-term and long-term – and to thank the students, teachers and leadership for their excellence this past year. Roland Charron was right: “You can’t get enjoyment out of mediocrity. It only comes with doing superior work.”

At the town meeting, the 100 or so residents supported the selectmen’s budget, saving money for fire, police and road equipment. Moderator Steve Adams ran a great meeting. Police Chief Bob Warham answered my questions. The selectmen seemed really on top of things, from cutting the budget by $125,000 two years ago to ending up with a surplus last year. The total taxes for the school are not going up, although we are spending some reserves. Hats off to everyone involved.

Does Pittsfield have problems? Sure, but real leadership is not one of them.



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