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While I support education, I am very concerned about the rush to Ayer/Shirley school regionalization.

I have tried to stay abreast of the regionalization debate via SPACO, and selectmen’s meetings, but no matter how much I try to understand it, the more it gets more confusing. The reason for the confusion is a very simple one. One side of this debate is not being totally and completely honest, and that group is the spokespeople for regionalization!

We have now heard cost estimates ranging from a cost savings to significant increases. This is bothersome to me since these figures are from the regionalization side of the debate, and it appears that no one in Shirley can get a straight answer. Before any more debates or vote, the authors of the regionalization plan should publish a detailed accounting of the cost for each of the first five years.

It is not acceptable to tell the citizens that “we don’t know, or we can’t say,” as it is apparent that they “know or can say” if it directly benefits their argument.

As a voter I find their attacks on people who have valid concerns, opinions and experiences alarming. If solid figures are not forthcoming, my wife and I will be voting against regionalization at the Special Town Meeting, and we will be encouraging our friends to do the same!

I did not purchase my home mortgage without knowing the details of the transaction, nor will I mortgage Shirley’s future without knowing the exact cost of school regionalization.

DAN RAU

Shirley