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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I'm Supporting Our Town Officials

Resident Christina Granahan says the Selectmen, SPS Committee and police department have all done a lot of good despite the recent issues.

As strongly as I have felt about a number of issues in this town over the past 13 years I have lived here, I have never written a letter to the editor. I think I am at a breaking point.

I have no information other than what is reported in the press about what happened at and/or with . What I do know is that years ago I sat at someone’s house for a coffee with various members of the school committees in town and John Drobinski to discuss school budgets. I listened as Mr. Drobinski talked passionately about the schools and his concern over the impact of decreased funding.

Whenever I have been confused, which admittedly is often, about a town issue — the project or the proposed cell towers — I have found reason to call Larry O’Brien. He has never taken more than a couple of hours to return a call and spend time until I understood.

When I wanted to know about the proposal about ’s property being potentially used for housing, I called Jody Kablack. Again, she offered to meet with me. And I have not found many people as passionate about affordable housing and homelessness as Beth Rust. I share her values around this.

Finally, the school committee, all of whom I participated in electing, are a group who give their time freely to oversee the education of my four children. I trust them with what is likely the most significant reason I live in this town: the opportunity to grow academically, socially and with values consistent with what I teach them at home in the Sudbury Public Schools.

When my son stopped breathing several years ago, the was there before the paramedics and the officer acted with professionalism and compassion. These elected officials and town employees have responded, not always with answers I loved, but helped clear a path for me to better understanding.

There is a fine line between poor judgment and unethical behavior. There is also a difference between reality and perception. I will choose to support our Selectmen, town employees and our school committee members until I hear that there was an intention to break a law or dupe the citizens. I will not ask for their resignation based on one event (where the facts have yet to become clear) — I choose to support them for all the good they have done for me and my family.

And I offer my compassion and hope that anyone who struggles with alcohol, whether they be a town employee or a homeless, unemployed, underserved citizen, gets whatever help they need. I would hope that this town is full of people who share that wish, as well.

Christina Granahan
95 Shadow Oak Drive

Enuff June 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
So are we to believe that this was not a Town event and that as a coincidence, 20 plus people all decided to go to Lavender independently an hour after it closed to the public. All 20 were just let in after the posted closing hours and they all happen to have come from the same Town Meeting. A lot of coincidences. Then after the police came the first time 10 people all lost track of time and didn't leave until 2:00am. The Chairman of the Board of Selectmen is there to meet the police. It is hard to convince the public and a reasonable person that this is not a problem.
Kirsten Vandijk June 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I had a refreshing and short conversation with Police Chief Richard Glavin this morning. I asked him if he would attend the Board of Selectman's meeting on Tuesday, June 26th 2012. He responded that he planned on attending. I then suggested it might be a good idea, given the heightened energy and frustration of those who might attend, that an officer should be present in case things get a bit out of hand. I was heartened by his response that ( I interpret here) he would not want to give the wrong impression. I look forward to the meeting on the 26th.
Kirsten Vandijk June 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Then I asked for a paperclip to fix the visitor parking sign out front. Yankee thrift.
SkimThreePercent June 21, 2012 at 04:50 PM
That the Chief plans to attend is great news, but keep in mind that Drobinski typically does not allow for public comment. I haven't seen an agenda yet, but assuming this discussion item is included that's terrific! Leave Nix home or send him over to watch Larry.
siobhan hullinger June 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
HA HA - no - I was not there - too late for me and I wouldn't have been granted access since posted closing hours are 10PM. I am only going by the timeline released byt the police, the police reports of that evening including the OUI. They are all here on the Patch or you could go the station yourself. Facts - only facts as the police have reported.

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