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    Default Wayland slammed in April Issue Boston Magazine

    Thought I'd put this out there...this felt very beefed up from the author's point of view, and certainly wasn't my experience at all. I'm sure some of these elements exist, but haven't felt the mean stream or exclusivity that she talks about.

    http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/a...-moms-suburbs/

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    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Dieffenbach
    Ms. Suratt writes, "Aside from the fact that Wayland isn’t on the water (it’s about as landlocked as you can get in the Boston suburbs), it just felt so, well, middle school to form a clique—and to give it a hoity-toity name to underscore its exclusivity." Perhaps a geography lesson is in order. Wayland is FAR less landlocked than most communities in the Boston suburbs, as it borders Lake Cochituate. And while there may not be all that many yachts on the lake, there are plenty of small watercraft of all types--sailboats included.

    The Wayland I've seen over the last 20 years is one made up of countless circles of friends and acquaintances. I've been a strong part of some of them, aware of others, and undoubtedly oblivious to many more. I gravitated to the ones whose company I enjoyed. Perhaps the author might do the same.
    For me, her flubbing the waterfront angle pretty much let the air out of the rest of the article.

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    Default I really enjoyed this article

    In fact, I've passed it around to my co-workers and other assorted friends around the country.

    I think this article will ultimately HELP our real estate values!
    I mean who doesn't want to be an elitist?

    Oh - and what a reason to have privacy in voting on the floor of town meeting !

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    Somebody forgot to tell me that Boston magazine is a legitimate journalistic enterprise. I was under the impression that they were solely in the business of giving away (or selling) "Best of Boston" certificates to every restaurant I’ve ever vistited.

    The "cut-throat mothers living in a wealthy suburb" trope is so tired (see "Desperate Housewives," or "Housewives of a Town Near You") that frankly the article didn’t warrant more than a skim down to the bottom of the first page.

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    The author speaks with Emily Rooney - http://wgbhnews.org/post/mean-moms-secret-world-suburbs .
    It's kind of pathetic, but this stuff really does go on in our little Waytown.
    John Flaherty

    Any views expressed are NOT mine alone.
    Wayland Transparency - Facts Without Spin
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    Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't (I wouldn't know ... kind of surprised that you do John - I never thought of you as a "Wayland Mom"), but what is the point that Julie is so poorly trying to make? And what is she trying to accomplish by doing this? Clearly she no longer has a prayer of "fitting in" here (or anywhere else for that matter) as she has attempted to place herself in the position of judge, jury, and executioner for roughly half the population of Wayland (and by extension, any suburban town). I don't think anyone would want to befriend someone who besmirched the town they live in publicly and viciously, but who knows - maybe suddenly everyone she's judging (assuming they actually exist - although John seems to "know" that they do) will suddenly see the light and reform. It's almost as pathetic as the second Town Meeting!

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    Default Privacy is priceless

    Quote Originally Posted by John Flaherty View Post
    The author speaks with Emily Rooney - http://wgbhnews.org/post/mean-moms-secret-world-suburbs .
    It's kind of pathetic, but this stuff really does go on in our little Waytown.
    I spoke with selectmen from Westborough Mass when they were first investigating electronic voting for their open town meeting. I was told, in no uncertain terms, that privacy was a major factor in bringing in this technology. Well knit social groups had formed in Westborough which brought peer pressure coersion into their town meeting. This coersion poisoned the vote with fear of retaliation before, during or after the fact. This coersion was a factor in stopping people from showing up and their attendance numbers spiraled down. It was an open secret in Westborough that one was watched as they voted. And when people are watched, they act differently.

    Westborough is now moving forward towards their second open town meeting using electronic voting.

    In talking to representatives from Duxbury and Hingham and Ipswich - I also got the same type of feedback.
    There are a number of communities in Mass who are moving ahead with electronic voting plans for their town meeting. Both open and representative. A more precise list can be found at this website www.electronicvoting.info

    I have good reason to believe that the Boston Magazine article described an accurate situation which has affected some in town and in similar ways. This peer pressure knitting or coersion (or whatever you want to call it) is not uniquely a property of Wayland - but rather - a property of humanity.

    Hence for many. Privacy is priceless.

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