Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Sunday Morning Muse

This place is the furthest thing from a political soap box.  It is a place of thoughts, opinions, and, most often, plain common sense.  I do like stand up on my soap box, and offer my thoughts on a particular subject.  Most often it is just venting, talking hear myself talk, writing to satisfy some inner need.

It's all part of the process.  The democratic process.  To voice opinion freely, and to occasionally offer some words of encouragement, humor, acknowledgment, and to annoy the bejeepers out of others.

Another part of that process is following the laws of the land, and voice an opinion when they should be changed, amended, or implemented.  That is just another part of the process.

So simple.

Now, another part of this whole thing is to record the process in action.  Written minutes are part of recording of the process.  Timely distribution of information comes with the recording of the minutes.  We've already been down that road this week, heard from all sides, and it has been written (almost Biblical sounding this morning), that this part of the process will change for the better.

While we wait to see if that prophecy holds true, we can appreciate the comments left in the previous posting this morning.  They are informative, filled with facts, and not a bit of speculation.

Where did this information come from?


Yep, meeting minutes, and the transcript of the videos of those meetings.  So often the minutes are but merely a hint of what actually occurred, as we have discovered in this video age, and the transcript fills in the blanks by displaying the demeanor, the emotions, and the rhythm of the moment.  Something that could not be shared unless you attended the meeting yourself until videotape was invented.

The minutes, and the transcripts of the Article 48 debacle are very telling.  The "paper trail" is enormous offering up information against the article.  Those that were originally supportive of it are now thinking again.  Why attach themselves to it?  This won't be good, and to remove themselves from the line of fire would be a good thing.

Meeting minutes are so important, and access to them is critical when they are fresh, and not eight months later.  No drafts, but actual minutes.  If you still think it is a non-issue just look at what has surfaced, and been accomplished this past week by having access to meeting minutes

Based on the information, Article 48 should not pass, but if by some remote chance it does, the minutes will still be invaluable;  they will offer up indisputable evidence in a law suit.

Oh, I don't know, maybe a nay vote on the December 5th may be cheaper than a lawsuit for the town.

This time it's common sense talking.

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