I am very disappointed in the manner of which a few candidates have chosen to run their campaigns. In a world where we try desperately to teach our children and adolescents to treat one another with kindness and respect, it is extremely troubling to me that certain candidates and their supporters have built their campaign platforms on the planks of hate, cruelty and dishonesty. What happened to respect and kindness? When did it become acceptable to try to get a step up by tearing others down? Our children are growing up in a society where cyber bullying is a constant problem—in fact, it is one of the most prominent issues among adolescents. Do we really expect the anti-bullying posters on the walls of every school building to have a positive impact on students, when so-called adults with their own narrow interests take to the internet to show how creatively and viciously they can attack volunteers they don’t even know? I am discouraged. I am disheartened.
I am certainly not going to waste my vote on candidates who build their campaign strategy around demeaning their opponents and vilifying the Town I have always called home. I truly hope that we reject these tactics, ignore the haters, and realign ourselves with the positive spirit that this Town once embraced. Please do not be fooled by the ignorance. When people need to gain popularity by putting others down it is a sign of weakness. Vote for the individuals that have the decency to treat you with respect even when they disagree with you.
Please join me in casting a vote for integrity, hope, and optimism. Please join me in saying, “I think this town is great, and so are the people in it.” Please vote for Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel on April 27th.
Lynn Newhouse Broderick
A truly concerned citizen
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