Letter: “The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is for Good Men to do Nothing”

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Dear Residents of Reading,

Edmund Burke stated “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”

In 1986 the citizens of the Town of Reading adopted the Town of Reading Home Rule Charter that each and every elected or appointed official takes and or confirms that he or she will uphold the Charter.

Among the provisions in the Charter in view of the recent Select Board meeting I strongly feel there is more information, you should understand before casting your vote to re-elect Andrew Friedman.

Section 4.14 of the Charter gives an elected Board or Committee to establish committees from time to time for a specific purpose.

Section 8.10 specifies the exact procedure that must be followed in those appointments; it also states that a person applying for such position SHALL BE A RESIDENT of the TOWN at the time of the appointment and during their term of office.

By a vote of four to one, the Select Board with disregard for the Charter appointed two no residents to the committee. When I protested about the non-residents Mr. Friedmann and one other board member cost the town $10,000.00 in Town Council fees to find a way around the Charter.

When Select Board member Friedmann became aware that I would seek his removal from office via a recall election he changed his direction.

I hope that all you good men (and now women) to end this evil and not vote to reelect Mr. Friedmann. 

William C. Brown 

Martin Road
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