This year’s town meeting and election reflect a clear mandate for traditional Harvard; a Harvard noted historically for fiscal and social conservatism. The Town Center Committee (TCC) septic land acquisition, Stow Road 40B, and Devens acquisition were all supported by two minority-opinion BOS members (Wallace and Eubank), BOS candidate Tim Clark, and former BOS members (Ashe and Finnegan). All of these warrant articles were defeated! On the other hand, Bill Marinelli’s reelection represents a landslide victory and a more certain future of stability for Harvard.
A majority of voters likely saw the minority-sponsored agenda as an attack on the fabric of our community. Extrapolating on the warrant articles, the Wallace-sponsored Stow Road 40B project was an act of political suicide, as unfriendly to a community by approach and net effect as any other 40B. The Harvard Conservation Trust septic land offering was a thinly-veiled attempt to fill the trust coffers, and represented poor judgment by TCC members Wallace and Clarke, and HCT president Finnegan. A comprehensive plan for all areas of the town in immediate need of septic is the only equitable approach to the problem, or sewerage if Harvard can handle a twentieth-century solution. I would also like to echo the concerns of Devens residents who would like to pursue a course of self-determination. To stand in their way is arrogant, selfish, and self-serving. We should be supporting our Devens neighbors in their endeavor to become a town. Our town government has failed miserably to develop an adequate tax base — Option 2B begins to address our inadequacy as a municipality. History reveals that pursuit of a socialistic tax-and-spend agenda is irresponsible and disastrous in its consequences. Ask a business owner, not a career pol with an agenda.
The socialistic-progressive dream of a greater Harvard will likely be defeated in a binding referendum this November when BOS-supported option 2B will likely prevail. The activities of the contrived Citizens for Harvard’s Future included recklessly stuffing inaccurate political propaganda into the backpacks of elementary school children. This was an illegal act that is currently under investigation by the state office of campaign finance. The principals of this cloaked political entity are rumored to be past and present town officials who funded bus tours of Devens led by Lawrence Finnegan. At minimum civil penalties could follow for those involved in disseminating political literature on school property. I will not suffer for fools, nor will my child.
Finally, taking on Mass Development is unwise indeed, given our limited financial resources. Options other than 2B are fraught with peril: environmental concerns, an exploding school population, and an uncertain commercial tax base jeopardized by unfriendly state and local policies toward business. It is painfully ironic that the same people in town who strive to take on Devens also fight businesses such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Donelan’s Market.