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In response to Mr. Hussey’s letter of Jan. 22 that the recall group is driven by the vengeance could not be further from the truth.

I admit that I was, until recently, somewhat ignorant of our town government affairs. After doing my OWN research, I became acutely aware of the backroom deals, cronyism, influence peddling and political repression that have and continue to run rampant in and out of our beloved Town Hall and I could not ignore it.

Friends, family and benefactors of two selectman are outraged at the group pushing for the recall. If these same individuals were to objectively look at the facts, they would see that their outrage is misplaced.

What I cannot comprehend is how any educated individual can be presented with concrete evidence, yet continue to shove their head in the sand. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscious stupidity.”

The assertion that this is a witch hunt with no grounds for a recall, is simply false. In the USA, we are fortunate to have a democratic process in place for such occasions, let it work. If you are not afraid, then the personal threats being made, in writing and verbally, should cease. If you are confident these two selectmen have done nothing wrong, and in fact, have made the town better, then let the process work.

Moves are being made against Town Counsel’s advice. Does this not concern you? It concerns me. Our Town is in jeopardy, financially and legally. Every resident should view town employees being bullied, berated, threatened and humiliated as repugnant. If the lies that have been told to the townspeople (on video tape and in writing) over the past six months alone, do not concern you, they should. A legal budget, slated to last a year that has been exhausted in six months due to unnecessary and unfounded complaints by a selectman with a publicly perceived vendetta against many people, should disturb you.

I have no monkey in this circus. I knew not ONE of the players, former, present, for or against prior to this. I took the time to educate myself by researching and reading facts, not by listening to one person’s tendentious view. Any semi-educated individual who takes the time to impartially read the factual information available could come to no other conclusion than, at the very least, something being gravely wrong in our Town Government.

I will not get into the details of the malfeasance by the selectmen. If you are at all interested, all information can be found on the following website: www.Townsendrecall.com.

I am shocked and saddened by the abhorrent behavior of a few individuals opposed to the recall. Some parties feel that making personal threats to those involved is a mature and productive thing to do. On the contrary, all this does is confirm that the recall is the appropriate avenue to pursue. Again, if there is nothing to hide, then there is no reason to threaten pro-recall individuals and their families.

I have witnessed bullies in action, have seen how they can destroy lives for their own narcissistic ends and I cannot, in good conscience sit back and let this happen to the people of MY town. I urge you to learn what is/has been transpiring on your own and to not be misled by individuals who are in it for their own gain, whether directly or indirectly, on either side.

Lisa Lewand

West Townsend