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LETTER: “I Support Tony Martinez”

The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Paul Cully. Letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the views of WestfordCAT or its Board of Directors. To submit your own letter to the editor, e-mail [email protected]

When the Selectmen approve an expenditure of almost a million dollars for nothing more than a piece of paper (no real property), and use an appraisal that was done at their direction and misrepresented the use of the property to justify their actions, SHOULD THE VOTERS THINK THAT THIS IS AN HONEST ACT? 

When the Selectmen spend three years avoiding the issue of what to do with Westford’s condemned Town Hall building, and instead use their resources to pretend to find other facilities for the town offices, ignoring the condemned building, SHOULD THE VOTERS THINK THAT IS RESPONSIVE GOVERNANCE? 

When the Selectmen stand behind the Town Manager in her refusal to disclose the use and/or whereabouts of the three million dollars in dedicated affordable housing funds, guaranteed by the Community Preservation Act, SHOULD THE VOTERS THINK THAT IS OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY? 

When the Selectmen meet in secret “Executive Session” and decide to throw away the more than half a million dollars of town funds that have already been spent on Drew Gardens, and decide to let the property go to commercial development, when the six acres is THE ideal BLAST-FREE site for the next fire station, SHOULD THE VOTERS THINK THAT IS IN THE TOWN’S BEST INTERESTS? 

When the Selectmen refuse to consider the complete plan that the Recreation Department personnel spent several hundreds of hours of volunteer time to compile – a plan that would create a permanent home for the Recreation Department which has NEVER, EVER had one – SHOULD THE VOTERS THINK THAT THE SELECTMEN ARE AT ALL CONCERNED ABOUT FACILITIES FOR THE CHILDREN WHO ARE GROWING UP IN WESTFORD?   WOULD THE SELECTMEN PREFER TO HAVE YOUR CHILDREN ROAMING AROUND, BORED AND UNSUPERVISED, PREY TO DRUG DEALERS? 

How do you spell dysfunctional, dishonest, secretive, and out of touch with the needs of Westford residents and voters? 

Candidate Martinez is brutally honest when he states that Westford town government is beyond the control of Westford residents and voters.  He may rub some Pooh-Bahs the wrong way, but I would hope that those voters that value truth, honesty, openness, and transparency over the good-old-boy, business-as-usual network, will see him as their candidate and vote for him as a vocal, fresh, and much needed voice on the Board of Selectmen this May. 

I support Candidate Martinez for Selectmen, and I will be voting only for him – no more disappointing incumbents for me, thank you – their actions have spoken louder than their words.