Albert Einstein is quoted as saying that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

This appears to hold true with the Board of Selectmen in Groton. Almost every week, on Monday night starting at 7 p.m. like clockwork, we witness bickering over things that are in reality of no benefit to the citizens of Groton. As a result, there is little or no progress made with regard to what is really important to our residents. Important things like how can we can afford to financially support and improve our schools, pay our teachers a fair salary, fix our roads, improve our infrastructure, support our sports teams and provide new and/or improved facilities for our citizens, young and old, that take second fiddle to things like arguments over who did what to whom and when. This has to change and there is no evidence that it will change without a change in the composition of the current Board of Selectmen.

So why does this continue? I believe that the main problem is the lack of trust among the members of the Board of Selectmen. This has manifested itself in cross charges of Open Meeting Law violations made to the Attorney General’s Office without attempts to solve the problems internal to the Board of Selectmen itself. This behavior created further distrust that then resulted in Public Information Requests. Even worse were recent personal attacks on each other by selectmen.

The existing level of dissension has to stop. People can agree to disagree but they shouldn’t be disagreeable when doing so.

I think that if I am elected selectman, I can be a voice of reason and help return civility to the Board of Selectmen. I have good working relationships with the selectmen as well as with virtually everyone at Town Hall, and I have achieved great results during my career in bringing groups with widely diverse opinions and interests together in a common cause. That cause has to be what is good for the citizens of Groton and the cause cannot be for political or personal gain.

Art Prest

Candidate for Selectman