To The Daily Sun,
During the last few months, in this forum, it has become quite apparent that there is an element in Gilmanton bent on demeaning, belittling and undermining the credibility of the Board of Selectmen. Recent elections didn't play out as they had hoped, so an agenda has developed to be as obstructive to the current selectmen and town administrator as possible. It's unfortunate that this is the tact they choose, to address grievances they may have.
Errors by the selectmen may have been made and exacerbated in their attempts to correct them, but there is no need to demonize, question motives and qualifications of those willing to serve the community. These types of attacks usually have more to do with ego than anything else.
After witnessing and reading of this heated debate, I've come to realize that with age comes a kind of temperance, both in how we express ourselves and how we listen to opposing viewpoints. And I've learned we can get along with people we disagree with. Despite the high-decibel exchanges we witness in this forum and at selectmen meetings, yelling and name-calling gets us nowhere. Loud doesn't mean right.
Humans are defensive creatures, but if we can keep the flame on simmer, we can keep the conversation from dangerously boiling over. Hard as it is for most of us to believe, we're not the only ones who feel passionately about an issue. None of us is perfect, and none of us is always right (despite what we may think).
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