To the Editor:
I wish the chairman of the Harvard Board of Selectmen would please stop saying that he sees only “the same people” at meetings on the Devens disposition. I’ve heard him make this comment three times since February 7 — and I have been to only three meetings. Does that make me “the same people” already?
Are people who regularly attend public meetings somehow less valid citizens than those who don’t? Is it reasonable to discount the views of exactly the people who care enough about Harvard to spend three hours in a stuffy room on hard chairs?
And speaking of chairs, all the seats were filled at the April 18 meeting. A few people stood for much of the time. If that was just the “same people” then what would happen if some “different people” also wanted to attend? Neither the attitude nor the seating seems to welcome public participation.
As Woody Allen said, “ninety percent of life is just showing up.” It is also a large percentage of citizenship. So please, don’t belittle the people who show up.