The silent majority of well-informed Townsend residents must let their voices be heard. If they truly care about the town's future, they should attend the coming Town Meeting on March 28.

It's time to stand up for Townsend's dignity and decency.

It's time to support public servants who represent civil discourse and honest government.

Take back your Townsend.

Take it back from the dozen or so disgruntled, deceitful and power-hungry bullies whose campaigns for a selectmen's recall vote and petition to remove the town administrator are built on a foundation of falsehoods, innuendo and character assassination.

They've failed to provide one shred of evidence to substantiate their trumped-up charges against Selectmen Cindy King and Gordon Clark, and Town Administrator James Kreidler. If the officials are guilty of anything, it's trying to stabilize town finances, institute efficiencies, promote regional collaboration and build accountability measures throughout local government, including the Police Department.

Ask yourself this question: Is Townsend better off today than it was two years ago?

Looking at state data and the municipal balance sheet, the answer is a resounding yes.

But you'd never know it by the assault on the senses by the "Townsend Truth" Facebook squad. Read for yourself, if you can stomach the bilious half-truths, mistruths and repulsive attacks on individuals. They'll never provide the full story -- or the conclusion to their hijacked documents -- just the allegations.


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In Kreidler's case they post ancient history from his managerial past. In both instances Kreidler was exonerated -- once by the state Supreme Judicial Court -- but you'll never read the "rest of the story" on "Townsend Truth."

They've even poked fun at Kreidler's bout with cancer, implying he's making it up to win sympathy. They've spread malicious rumors about another town employee. Is this the crowd Townsend is hanging its hat on for future leadership?

The Mis-Truthers say they're fighting for the Police Department. They believe it's been unfairly targeted in several town investigations. It's a convenient agenda for people in denial. At least two residents had their privacy rights violated by officers who conducted unauthorized background checks, actions that may rise to a criminal offense. But instead of disciplining the bad apples, the Mis-Truthers condone what happened. Why? Because the victims are those they've identified as political enemies. It's a vindictive Game of Townsend Thrones.

What would their reaction be, however, if rogue cops spied into their lives with unauthorized surveillance and tried to use the information against them?

One of the Mis-Truthers has been the beneficiary of a police towing contract for years and he's out to protect his interest. He wants someone in charge he can rely on to do his bidding. He won't stop his government-toppling crusade until that "insider" is in the executive chair.

But now he and the other Mis-Truthers, including police personnel, have something else to ponder: a potential lawsuit from the two citizens -- one a town employee -- whose civil liberties may have been violated by police.

To think the Police Department started this mess -- with support from Mis-Truthers -- and taxpayers may ultimately have to foot the bill for a legal settlement.

Stop this madness, Townsend voters. Stand up to those who so casually dismiss the law, manipulate the truth, and viciously demean officials they don't like. If not, their next target could be you.