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Lots of controversy in Shirley this week. Voters remain upset about proposed staff cuts, which voters rejected, and a raise for the town administrator. The latter was rejected, too, but the selectmen saw fit to award it anyway.

Monday night, the town administrator presented a letter from an assessor who objected to the method by which a new assessor was chosen. She suggests that the candidate picked was injected by selectmen and the TA because the assessors’ chosen candidate was outspoken about the TA’s raise.

Whether that’s true or not, process was again a problem. Rather than publicly bashing the objecting assessor who wrote the letter, how about inviting her in to have an open dialogue.

Disrespecting a person not in attendance in a public session is never the best course.

The outcome is unlikely to be constructive.