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    With a gap of almost 6 years, I'm wondering if...

    With a gap of almost 6 years, I'm wondering if this post represents the deepest-digging resurrection of a thread in WEN DF history?...
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    To be fair, Kim, in keeping with their name,...

    To be fair, Kim, in keeping with their name, Wayland Transparency DOES make prominent mention of StatCounter and its implications right there on ... wait, I can't seem to find it ... hmm, that's odd...
  3. WVN's curious piece on the Wayland Public Schools' special education program

    WVN #617 contains a somewhat informative piece entitled "SPED GETS TOP MARKS."

    A few high points (taken a bit out of order) as reported by district-hired educational consultants Robert Gass and...
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    Carl, not clear if you're asking for predictions...

    Carl, not clear if you're asking for predictions about who will run, or about when that run will take place. Given that Mr. Boschetto will be serving through the end of the Fall Town Meeting, I...
  5. Significant flaws in Harris response to Tichnor/Lavenson

    In a May 14, 2015 Wicked Local Wayland guest column, Michael Tichnor and Cynthia Lavenson commented on unsupported allegations of voter fraud at Wayland's recently completed Annual Town Meeting....
  6. Kim, thanks for that update. Also, I note that...

    Kim, thanks for that update.

    Also, I note that the food service program forum was announced on Wicked Local Wayland.

    I looked to see if it was also posted to Patch, but (a) I didn't see it,...
  7. What does it mean to be a public school (and what does this mean for fees)?

    In a May 14, 2015 letter to Wicked Local Wayland, resident Ken Isaacson comments on the Wayland Public Schools food service program and its current financial challenges.

    I'd like to excerpt and...
  8. Mark, if you had written, "I suffered a major...

    Mark, if you had written, "I suffered a major concussion during a pick-up game of basketball at WHS when I went there in the early 1980s," I wouldn't have been surprised by the ED physician's...
  9. You'd think a certain lawyer would know better than to presume guilt

    In an April 30 letter posted to Wicked Local Wayland, resident George Harris lets his imagination (and his inner grouch) get the better of him.



    Even though against the rules, proxy voting does...
  10. I've long documented the biased "reporting" of...

    I've long documented the biased "reporting" of Wayland Voters Network. I don't know if it's a new low, or if they are simply revisiting past lows, but we should all be disgusted when they write...
  11. Does anyone know what sanitation process the...

    Does anyone know what sanitation process the handset provider goes through between sessions of TM? I hope we're not creating a major disease vector with this infernal devices! [grin]
  12. We should separate the topics of proxy voting and...

    We should separate the topics of proxy voting and voter fraud. Proxy voting may not be legal (I don't know one way or the other), but it's certainly not immoral if it allows one person to have one...
  13. Kent George takes aim at teachers ... and his own thinking is the casualty

    In an April 5, 2015 Wicked Local Wayland letter to the editor, Wayland resident Kent George takes aim at the school budget. His letter and my observations are presented below.



    It's not clear...
  14. It would be interesting to know how many school...

    It would be interesting to know how many school boards have even discussed the idea of eliminating football. Contrary to Ms. Suratt's contention in an otherwise excellent article, Wayland may well be...
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    No idea

    I think that it is incumbent upon a Wicked Local article entitled "Wayland School Committee's summit yields many ideas" to mention at least one such idea.
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    Parody campaign ad

    I was listening to NPR this morning. I don't know the context, but they played a parody campaign ad. It concluded with "This ad was paid for by Americans for Transparency, which does not disclose the...
  17. I may not have this exactly right, but it's my...

    I may not have this exactly right, but it's my understanding that when the BOS majority of Mr. Boschetto, Mr. Leard, and Mr. Collins held the majority, they chose to unseat Finance Committee member...
  18. Letter from Linda Segal of Wayland: Tainted letter

    In an August 14 letter posted on Wicked Local Wayland, Linda Segal takes Board of Selectmen members Mary Antes, Cherry Karlson, and Joe Nolan to task for denying "our community the opportunity of...
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    John, you're off point. Your initial post...

    John, you're off point.

    Your initial post apparently took exception to the School Committee's actions. I say "apparently" because three full months later, you've still failed to explain why you're...
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    John, my hypothesis (not theory) is hardly...

    John, my hypothesis (not theory) is hardly far-fetched. In fact, given the tenor of politics in Wayland, I'll argue that a reasonable person could easily conclude that Wayland residents pin the...
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    John, your response in post #31 confuses me, for...

    John, your response in post #31 confuses me, for two reasons:

    1. In post #22 of this thread, you said that you don't respond to me (an odd claim, given that you also responded to me in posts #3,...
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    Yes, this is merely one anecdote, and not...

    Yes, this is merely one anecdote, and not anything approaching evidence, but way back in post #4 of this thread, I wondered whether Wayland's apparent proclivity for OML violations might be "a...
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    Steven Glovsky adds his voice--and lack of...

    Steven Glovsky adds his voice--and lack of elaboration--to the fray with this Wicked Local Wayland letter to the editor.



    I would be excellent if Mr. Glovsky (or Mr. Flaherty) would elaborate...
  24. Attorney General vindicates Wayland School Committee

    In light of this latest opinion from the Office of the Attorney General, I look forward to the 72-point headline on WaylandTransparencytm.
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    RIP Viva...

    RIP Viva.

    (Here are extra characters because the DF inexplicably requires a post to be at least 10 characters.)
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    How is my quoting Mr. Boschetto and Ms. Bouchard...

    How is my quoting Mr. Boschetto and Ms. Bouchard from one year ago a "lie?" In January of 2013, Mr. Boschetto responded to a invitation from FinCom member Tom Greenaway to review the budget before it...
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    "Scurried?" Really, John, what part of that is...

    "Scurried?" Really, John, what part of that is "Facts Without Spin?"

    It's unfortunate for the fantasy that you've outlined above that the facts suggest otherwise. While Tony Boschetto, Donna...
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    Also, our last Override vote was in 2008! That...

    Also, our last Override vote was in 2008! That certainly beats the every-other-year cycle we were in for a while.
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    I have never once "blamed the reporters." Rather,...

    I have never once "blamed the reporters." Rather, I've said that it's possible that other towns commit violations at the same level but have fewer reporters.

    That's beside the point, however....
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    John, no one is disputing the that Wayland has...

    John, no one is disputing the that Wayland has been found to have broken the OML N times, and no one is disputing that Wayland should do better.

    While we know how many times other towns have been...
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    John, of course, this isn't the first time you've...

    John, of course, this isn't the first time you've lobbed a grenade and then tucked tail and fled.

    Most recently, you took the School Committee to task for its statement on the METCO Director (post...
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    John, you didn't report facts, you posted a link...

    John, you didn't report facts, you posted a link to your site with the childish "Same as it ever was" repeated over and over. You then linked to a long, dry document knowing that without context,...
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    John, your failing is that you don't choose to...

    John, your failing is that you don't choose to interpret it, defend it, OR spin it. Instead, you sling mud without comment. That's immature, petty behavior.

    Has it occurred to you that Wayland's...
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    John, the only thing "Same As It Ever Was" is...

    John, the only thing "Same As It Ever Was" is your childish taunt devoid of any substance and linking generically to your Drudgesque hobby site.

    I read through the April 28, 2014 Attorney General...
  35. I have to agree with John F--while it's far from...

    I have to agree with John F--while it's far from perfect, there's a lot to be said for and to like about Town Meeting.



    It's VERY cool being able to participate in one of the longest running...
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    The wishful thinking is on my part--I wasn't...

    The wishful thinking is on my part--I wasn't presuming to speak for them.
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    Unfortunately, for 95% of the registered voters...

    Unfortunately, for 95% of the registered voters in town, participation in Town Meeting from Town Meeting remains wishful thinking as well.
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    How much of that 30 minutes was used? How...

    How much of that 30 minutes was used?



    How many articles was that? Any idea how many were passed over for reasons that couldn't have been anticipated at the time of submission? I'm thinking of...
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    These ideas are all well and good, but I don't...

    These ideas are all well and good, but I don't really see any of them dramatically speeding up or otherwise improving Town Meeting.



    Would this take place before the December submission...
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    I disagree. The mood I sensed at the end of night...

    I disagree. The mood I sensed at the end of night 2 was of the sort where people could easily be forgiven for throwing up their hands and bailing out for the remainder of the sessions. The fact that...
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    The premise may not technically be accurate, but...

    The premise may not technically be accurate, but it's certainly on point. Dan might be forgiven for thinking on night 2 this year that 5 or 6 was going to be the outcome. The problem, I think is that...
  42. Of course, I can't speak for Susan Wagner of...

    Of course, I can't speak for Susan Wagner of Wicked Local Wayland/the Town Crier, but it wouldn't surprise me to learn that her reason for noting the disagreement in her article had to do with the...
  43. No sainthood here, Carl. It's just that I'm a big...

    No sainthood here, Carl. It's just that I'm a big believer in refuting falsehoods--if you let them stand, they tend to take on a life of their own.

    John can assert that no one is anti-school all...
  44. John, if you re-read the comments in this thread,...

    John, if you re-read the comments in this thread, you won't find much dismissal or denial. What you'll find is a sense that the problems that the author describes happen everywhere, are intrinsic to...
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    $#*! Wayland Residents Say

    Three recent statements by Wayland residents make claims that simply aren't supported by the facts. The first two were Annual Town Meeting comments in support of Donna Bouchard's ill-fated attempt to...
  46. Town Meeting Moderator strains definition of "within scope"

    At the first session of the 2014 Wayland Annual Town Meeting (Thu Apr 3), School Committee member Donna Bouchard, acting on her own behalf and not that of the Committee, introduced what she called an...
  47. William H. Jones Jr., we hardly knew ye. As...

    William H. Jones Jr., we hardly knew ye.

    As the MetroWest Daily News reports, Mr. Jones has decided not to accept Wayland's Town Administrator offer. Apparently, last minute news of Boston's...
  48. John, do you mean to assert that one or more...

    John, do you mean to assert that one or more members of SOS are among the "mean girls" that Ms. Serratt discusses in her article? Particularly given your use of the phrase "Queen Bee" to describe one...
  49. Julie Serratt, the "Wayland mom" who authored the...

    Julie Serratt, the "Wayland mom" who authored the Boston Magazine article, describes a situation that could be everywhere or everywhen or both. There's probably some truth to it and probably some...
  50. John, your web site still has the School...

    John, your web site still has the School Committee's "upon advice of Town Counsel, is not at liberty to say anything further" quote front and center and with a big red exclamation point.

    Please...
  51. Initially, I was REALLY pysched to see this...

    Initially, I was REALLY pysched to see this thread. But, once I dove into it, I discovered that "GOT" was not as I first hoped a reference to "Game of Thrones."

    Having now observed 2 of the 3...
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    I don't see the idea that Kim presented as being...

    I don't see the idea that Kim presented as being a "rush to vote." First, as-is today, anyone can move the question at any time (I think). Second, there could be a 20 minute window (or however long...
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    I like this idea. I can think of several possible...

    I like this idea. I can think of several possible thresholds.

    1. When a percentage of the total number of registered handsets is reached: 2/3? 3/4? 9/10?

    2. When some margin over a decision is...
  54. John, your archive site is all well and good...

    John, your archive site is all well and good (actually, that's debatable, of course, but that would be off the point of this thread), but it's no place to hold a civil discussion. Actually, it's no...
  55. Of course, a board isn't obligated to take the...

    Of course, a board isn't obligated to take the advice that it gets from its attorney, but if it doesn't, it should have a pretty good reason why not.
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    Unless I'm misunderstanding, there's nothing...

    Unless I'm misunderstanding, there's nothing wrong with multiple votes coming from the same IP address. Might this not happen, for instance, if multiple people living under one roof are legitimately...
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    I don't think that Kim's point was to use...

    I don't think that Kim's point was to use absentee ballots for Town Meeting. Rather, she was saying that an absentee ballot can be filled out by someone other than the authorized "owner" of that...
  58. An April 7, 2014 article...

    An April 7, 2014 article on salon.com writes (emphasis added):



    To be fair, the article doesn't just single out conservatives--liberals are equally selective:
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    As it happens, I just received an email from the...

    As it happens, I just received an email from the Boston TechBreakfast group that included mention of Authentik Time, which has biometric authentication.
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    Kim, great point about absentee ballots. A...

    Kim, great point about absentee ballots. A fingerprint swipe or facial recognition via web cam within a short period of time prior to the vote would raise fewer concerns.
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    FYI, here's the link...

    FYI, here's the link to the David Watkins piece in the Town Crier.

    1. As you note, MA state law can be changed.

    2. My notebook computer has a fingerprint sensor. I wonder if this could be...
  62. Why isn't the right rejoicing about Brendan Eich's ouster?

    Let me see if I have this right.

    A high-ranking executive (Brendan Eich) of a private company (Mozilla Corporation) donated money to a controversial cause (denial of marriage equality in the form...
  63. Agreed, the social component to learning is key....

    Agreed, the social component to learning is key. As you note, paying tens of thousands of dollars a year for that component is another matter. If I were an 18-year old interested in an inexpensive...
  64. Who will be the last to pay a quarter of a million dollars for a college education?

    This is a reposting of a contribution I made to the Medallion Learning blog and my own personal education blog.

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    At the nationís most expensive college, a four-year education now...
  65. So that the clarification is not lost to those...

    So that the clarification is not lost to those who have already read my Apr 4 post, here's what I added on Apr 5 with respect to the School Committee's consideration of studying peer districts:

    To...
  66. The adventure continues. Donna Bouchard's latest...

    The adventure continues. Donna Bouchard's latest effort from the Wayland School Committee "Plays Well With Others" seat previously held by Shawn Kinney? It's this lengthy letter to the editor posted...
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    John, Kim isn't saying that you first raised the...

    John, Kim isn't saying that you first raised the issue. You asked who was complaining about the 10% increase--she took that literally as a question you were raising, and responded.
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    John, you asked, "Who’s complaining about the tax...

    John, you asked, "Who’s complaining about the tax increase?" Kim's response looked to me to be a direct answer to that question from you.
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    In this thread, Carl was first to mention the 10%...

    In this thread, Carl was first to mention the 10% tax increase and the spin that some are putting on it. In my opinion, his doing so was on topic given what I'll call WVN's "alignment" with some of...
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    At one time, I thought that however detrimental...

    At one time, I thought that however detrimental his actions to the town, George Harris at least stood on principle. For years, he has filed what feel like countless Open Meeting Law violations...
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    Kim, thanks for raising the issue of Donna...

    Kim, thanks for raising the issue of Donna Bouchard. I contemplated posting my thoughts on her strange behavior before the election, but didn't want to add a distraction to the more important matters...
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    John, are you advocating in favor of term limits?...

    John, are you advocating in favor of term limits? Why do you hate America?

    My problem with term limits is that I don't want people telling me for whom I can and cannot cast my vote. Certainly, at...
  73. Interesting article...

    Interesting article in today's Boston Globe about "returning to functional government."



    I won't argue that a decrease in polarization and an increase in progress is sufficient to restore the...
  74. Alan, I'm all for "taking back our constitutional...

    Alan, I'm all for "taking back our constitutional rights and civil liberties," but I don't see any "independent or Rand Paul" being the ticket. Let's save the Rand Paul conversation for another...
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    Wayland Spring

    It's spring in Wayland, which means that everything is blooming or on the verge thereof. And "everything" includes political signs.

    It typically doesn't take much inside knowledge to spot the...
  76. Kathy, thanks for posting. I read this article...

    Kathy, thanks for posting. I read this article earlier this morning with equal parts amusement and bewilderment. Here's the post I added on the Boston Magazine site.



    For me, her flubbing the...
  77. No disagreement from me on this general point. ...

    No disagreement from me on this general point.



    It's not clear to me what you mean by "Police are being militarized." I'm not sure that I object to police training with the military, just to...
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    As a nation, how divided are we?

    This past Thursday (Feb 27), I was listening to Here and Now on WBUR in Boston. The topic was presidential power. George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley, despite agreeing...
  79. I chose three ... and should have been explicit...

    I chose three ... and should have been explicit about why I instantly discarded the third. I stand by my simplification.

    If there are significantly different 4th, 5th, or more points (meaningful)...
  80. The Attorney General is sensitive to "serial...

    The Attorney General is sensitive to "serial communication." Groups of private citizens could very easily be enabling such communication (but don't inherently do so). If they did, and the AG was...
  81. Prior to the OML change that went into effect in...

    Prior to the OML change that went into effect in 2010, it was not uncommon for me to bounce an idea off of a single other member of the School Committee. I recall being a bit "put off" that the new...
  82. According to the Open Meeting Law, no*. According...

    According to the Open Meeting Law, no*. According to the Attorney General, perhaps yes**.

    Here are some key excerpts from the OML itself, which is contained in Massachusetts General Law Chapter...
  83. The January 16, 2014 issue of the Wayland Town...

    The January 16, 2014 issue of the Wayland Town Crier contains a letter taking exception to a prior letter printed the week before (I was one of the signatories of the first letter).

    With all due...
  84. Proposed FY2015 reconfiguration of the elementary schools

    Based on the work of the Elementary Building Use Task Force, Superintendent Paul Stein is recommending to the School Committee that it move from the current K/1-5/1-5 elementary school configuration...
  85. I'm not normally a fan of Jeff Jacoby (can't the...

    I'm not normally a fan of Jeff Jacoby (can't the Boston Globe find a thoughtful token conservative?), but to his point #4, I'm all in agreement.
  86. 1. Page 1 of the boston.com* article is here...

    1. Page 1 of the boston.com* article is here.
    2. Here's a DF post about the Town Crier's new commenting system.
    3. Here's an earlier DF post about the DF's policy requiring identification.
    4. A DF...
  87. Jeff Baron posted the comments below on Wayland...

    Jeff Baron posted the comments below on Wayland Patch. Rather than continue the off-topic conversation there, I'm choosing to address his points here.



    I'm telling the truth. I'm curious to...
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    Larry, great post. And as for commuting to...

    Larry, great post. And as for commuting to Cambridge, excellent!

    I'm a cyclist who puts in a lot of mileage each year. I pride myself on riding safely and with respect for motorists.


    When...
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    To be fair to this Discussion Forum, "four" is a...

    To be fair to this Discussion Forum, "four" is a fairly dramatic understatement. By my count, 12 people have POSTED since the BO3's poor decision to terminate the Town Administrator's position absent...
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    I'm curious, Jeff B--in my response to John's...

    I'm curious, Jeff B--in my response to John's letter to the Board of Selectmen, in exactly what ways did I "act so ridiculously?"
  91. A bit more ... That's a curious assertion....

    A bit more ...



    That's a curious assertion. None other than George Harris made one of the best points yet in favor of NOT terminating the TA. Here's a link to the WayCAM video of the 9/16 BOS...
  92. WVN demonstrates again that it's the Fox News of Wayland

    For some reason, the Wayland Voters Network--the Fox News of Wayland--saw fit to send the message below not just once, but twice. The first time, they titled it "Administrator search/Town Meeting...
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    Jeff B, the difference is, you're calling people...

    Jeff B, the difference is, you're calling people names. I'm describing your actions. It would take but a bit of time for me to compile a vast body of evidence to support my assertion. To wit, your...
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    Jeff B, a while back, I submitted a post that...

    Jeff B, a while back, I submitted a post that called you "graceless." Your thin-skinned response was to ask the WaylandeNews Board to remove that post. For reasons that continue to baffle me, they...
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    Setting aside the false familiarity and...

    Setting aside the false familiarity and condescending use of first names, John's question is fascinating on several levels. Having been cut out by the BO3 of "working together as a board," the two...
  96. Here are some more specifics on the content and...

    Here are some more specifics on the content and timing within the WayCAM video of the 8/26/2013 School Committee meeting. The School Committee's letter is discussed in the following segments:
    About...
  97. John, please re-read my original post. I was in...

    John, please re-read my original post. I was in no way questioning Ms. Bouchard's integrity.

    Rather, I was remarking on what I found to be a curious decision not to sign an innocuous letter signed...
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    Lawyering up

    On August 26, Selectmen Tony Boschetto made a detailed, legally specific motion to terminate Town Administrator Fred Turkington's position. Last evening, we learned that said motion was technically...
  99. John, you titled this thread "Understanding what...

    John, you titled this thread "Understanding what REALLY happened & why re: termination of the Town Administrator."

    One of two things "really happened:"

    1. Some subset of the BOS--and more...
  100. I have no doubt that you would have made your...

    I have no doubt that you would have made your position clear to your fellow board members. I suspect that they would have been happy to consider stronger language to match their past and planned...
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