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”Finally, adding housing at this point in time has raised concerns that necessary fund-raising for the rest of the project would be more difficult. This, however, is not a town problem because the town is not involved in the fund raising.”

“It is unfortunate that this opportunity did not come before town meeting “

Excerpts from letter to the editor, Groton Herald, on June 16, 2006.

It is rumored that this caper, this sweetheart of a deal, was first discussed on a golf course. I do not know whether it was discussed on the fairway or on the green.

I also do not know whether it was a twosome or a foursome.

Perhaps the records of the country club — I don’t know where it is located — will disclose when and where Groton’s town business was discussed.

I believe in the political big leagues this type of action is called “lobbying.”

I am now beginning to wonder what prompted the moderator to take the position that he did.

The voters who attended the town meeting — approximately 750 of them — voted unanimously to approve the project as stated.

While one of the opponents of the Surrenden Farms project was in the audience he did not choose to contest the will of the people.

Why?

From this day forward I suggest that the Groton Finance Committee hold their meetings on Thursday nights in the Selectmen’s downstairs meeting room and be televised live.

Also I would like to see the minutes of the FinCom meetings, commencing in April 2006 and through June 16, 2006.

Murder, they wrote.

I am quite disturbed about the charges of murder against both the Army and Marine troops.

In World War II, when the United States was preparing to invade Japan, we realized that every man, woman and child was to be considered our enemy.

President Truman ordered the use of the A-bomb in retaliation for the treatment of our prisoners of war.

General MacArthur convinced Harry Truman that the Japanese would give up only if the Emperor surrendered the country.

Otherwise the infantry would have been facing men, women and children.

I am not condoning what they did in Iraq, if they did it. But I do understand why.

How long does it take to train an American to kill?

In our first campaign, some of the guys did not think it was fair to shoot the enemy in the back.

Some casualties discovered too late that it is better to shoot than be shot.

As the first campaign progressed we soon found a solution to satisfy our collective consciences. We were all protecting our buddies from harm.

At that point we became the judge and jury.

As the campaign came to an end, and we went back to Guadalcanal for R&R, one guy made the remark “killing people is temporary insanity.”

I think that the system that trained the soldiers and Marines should share the guilt and find a way to salvage the lives and futures of those involved.

“The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.” — Harry Emerson Fosdick

Semper Fi

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