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A final round of public hearings has been scheduled in Ayer and Harvard as Trinity Financial prepares for late March Super Town Meetings in Ayer, Harvard and Shirley.

The large apartment project as proposed poses significant impact to Devens and the towns in whose jurisdiction that land currently resides. Whether that impact is favorable or otherwise depends on your point of view.

Look at these opinion pages and you will see divergent opinions on the merits of the Trinity plan for Vicksburg Square. Ayer Selectman Frank Maxant is opposed to the plan; Devens resident Phil Crosby supports it.

We invite all interested parties to use these pages as a means of sharing perspective. There is a great deal at stake: The better we understand each other, the better our ability to make an educated decision.

Regardless of the direction, Devens — and those who have a stake in its future — need to move forward.

Circumventing elected officials

We agree with the Groton Board of Water Commissioners who objected this week to a hiring process that selected a water technician without the board’s involvement.

Even though the town manager had vetted candidates and made a selection, we think the selectmen should have bowed to the expertise and authority of the Water Commissioners. The less-than-desirable candidate, at least in the eyes of the commission, should not have been hired.