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The decision by elected or appointed officials to refuse swimming instruction to children of Harvard residents living on Devens because Devens residents pay fees to MassDevelopment and not to Harvard deserves explanation to citizens.

There are unanswered questions.

Was a fair fee structure developed? Was MassDevelopment asked for fees and refused to pay? Were parents offered an opportunity to pay? So far this decision sounds like serious discrimination against a group of children based on where they live in Harvard. How many children were subject to discrimination? Does the discriminatory decision rest with one committee or several?

Correction of this discriminatory practice is possible in a number of ways the easiest being the offending committee canceling the prohibition; MassDevelopment pay Harvard a reasonable fee for each child requesting swimming instruction: on an interim basis the School Committee pay for special instruction of students in need

Perhaps compassion, concern and respect for all children will again return to Harvard.

JEFF HARRIS

Harvard