Letter: No call for character attacks in letters

Letter: No call for character attacks in letters


To the editor:

I would like to respond to Mr. Timothy H. Gillespie’s letter, in which he criticizes by name Mrs. MaryLou Daxland, Mr. Claude Ledoux, and me. In reply, I offer the following comments and observations.

Mr. Gillespie, it does not matter to me if you were for or against the 2004 town meeting initiative to sewer Westport or if you were for or against the town meeting initiative to impose a wetland bylaw, or if you were for or against the recent ballot vote initiative to institute the federal Wild & Scenic Act on Westport’s waters.

Mr. Gillespie, it does not matter to me that as a member of the 2010 Estuaries Committee (that you now chair) if you were/are for or against your chairman’s e-mail correspondences with the MA Department of Environmental Protection-Division of Municipal Services requesting “how other towns in Massachusetts have raised funds from the local community to fund some of the cost of wastewater treatment facility improvements.  Is there any guidance from the State as to what kinds of taxes or charges are appropriate for this purpose….I am not so much looking for information on the SRF (state revolving funds), which is available in your many publications, but on what kinds of fees or surcharges have been applied to cover the costs of new wastewater treatment facilities.”   

Even though, as you may know, this request was made during the time of the town’s Massachusetts Estuary Project study being done by UMASS Dartmouth.

However, it strikes me as highly inappropriate, Mr. Gillespie, that you would characterize a town resident who has served Westport for some 50 years with the accusation in your letter “they lie.”  Westport residents who serve the town should not have to accept potential slander and potential defamation of character slurs for their civic contributions.  I might also add that many of the niceties you enjoy in Westport today are because of the efforts of Mrs. Daxland and Mr. Ledoux.

Westport is the way it is because of diversity, and everyone has a right to voice their opinion without fear of recrimination.  Diversity in our town is what makes us a unique community and a wonderful place to live and call home.

Bill Burns


Mt. Burns is a member of the Westport Water Resources Management Committee.