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Letter: Reject SB 2 again, Sanbornton

For the 12th or 13th time, Sanbornton’s town meeting form of government is on the ballot and under attack. However, this year tactics are worse. Misrepresentations are being made that minimize the harm that will result from adopting SB 2.

I ask Sanbornton voters to recall that I served you for two terms in the House of Representatives, and I am certain that adoption of SB 2 will spell the end of town meeting.

Town meeting is the most democratic way we can govern our town, and it is worth saving.

It is an efficient process in which we gather once a year to discuss and then make the decisions to govern ourselves. For weeks, officials and committees have put in hours of preparation. Then, we meet to hear from them, listen to each other and to vote.

We may convince another with our words or we may be convinced based on the ideas shared with our neighbors at that one meeting.

SB 2 offers what is called a deliberative session at which attendees may discuss and amend warrant articles. Those same attendees do not proceed to vote then and there. Weeks later, voting will be held in private with no chance to ask a question on an article.

Those voting may be a new group, most of whom did not attend the SB 2 deliberative session and do not know about changes to the warrant articles made at the deliberative session.

Town meeting is our chance to reason together over the issues of importance that year. I urge Sanbornton voters, please vote “No” question 1 on Tuesday. And then, let us meet once again for town meeting on the evening of May 15 and let’s not let it be our last.



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