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Letter: Hundreds of examples of caring

To my friends in Dunbarton, I have know Mert Mann for just about 25 years. I met him when I moved to Dunbarton, and became interested in public service. He has been a mentor, a friend, and, someone I have felt privileged to know. Recently he has been accused of taking money from a fund, he was responsible for protecting (“Ex-selectman accused of theft,” Monitor front page, Dec. 28). I don’t know if this is true, but I hope it is not!

Over the past 25 years Mann has been on the front lines of helping people, both in his public service and privately. His kindness and humanity are an integral part of who he is. I have seen Mann after a long day of work, going out in a snowstorm to join the Dunbarton Shovelers, a small group of local guys who used to go out to make sure that the stairs and walks were clear at elderly residents’ homes.

I’ve seen him work behind the scenes to raise money to save a family’s home from tax deed, when the breadwinner fell ill from a life-threatening disease. When Mann’s parents could no longer care for themselves, he was there – until the end!

I have seen hundreds of examples of his kindness, and caring.

My reason for sharing this with you is simply this: If Mann did something wrong, the law will deal with it. But as people who know Mann and people who live in Dunbarton, remember this: If he did this, he is not a bad man who did a bad thing. He is a very good man, who may have made a mistake. I count Mann as my friend and am fortunate to have one like him!

SCOTT IVES

Dunbarton

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