March 9, 2010
Please accept this letter of endorsement for Mary B. Dowling for Sturbridge Selectperson. In the March 9th SEN announcing Mrs. Dowling’s candidacy, a couple paragraphs stand out: ‘Even on probably the most general, yet poignant, debate in Sturbridge – that of growth versus anti-growth – Dowling said the issues should not be viewed in such a black and white way. “We should not be divided on one versus the other,” she said. “I like to say that I’m pro-Sturbridge, recognizing the needs of the business community and residents.” “In order to maintain the quality of services we’ve come to expect in our town, we need some sustainable growth,” Dowling said. “As services become more and more expensive we need some way to offset the cost of those services.”’
I concur with Mrs. Dowling’s statements above. The result of spending eight years doing conservation-related land acquisitions in south-central Massachusetts taught me that one of the most affordable, winning approaches to problem-solving complex transactions was by aiming toward a win/win situation for all concerned parties, by finding a way to meld development with conservation. Thus, I believe balance can be achieved if everyone focuses on what’s best for all residents in the town of Sturbridge. An open, objective mind that considers all options and all residents is what the town sorely needs right now. Please vote for Mary B. Dowling for Board of Selectmen.