LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What Happened to My Town?
A letter from Maria Karafelis.
To the editor:
What has happened to the Chelmsford that I know and love? My family moved here in 1962, just about the time that all the new building was going on and a huge amount of growth for the town. I remember the Center of town, quaint shops, historical churches, the original Town Hall along with the Town Common in the middle of it all, and let's not forget all the undeveloped land you could ever wish for.
Well, that's all changed. We have grown up, and we are bigger and better than ever before. Yes, BETTER, this is my hometown and no matter whatever happens I will always support and defend her.
I do have to admit that my heart is breaking. The town that I love is becoming a war zone, for all kinds of personal and professional accusations/attacks, misinformation, lawsuits and grandstanding by some at the expense of others. People are afraid to express their concern; their opinions or their interest in this town out of fear! You are damned if you do and damned if you don't, you can't win. No matter what you do there is and will be someone who doesn't like what you say or what you have done, and there you go another public conflict!
We as a town made the commitment to "Let the Children Guard What the Sires have won"? At this point there will not be a Chelmsford to guard because we will be consumed in self destruction!
I would like to make a suggestion, and you can disagree with me if you want….. Can we all just take a step back, take a deep breath and look at Chelmsford from the outside looking in? We are beating ourselves up here on a daily basis, it's getting old, very old and I really wish that we could get back to issues at hand, making and keeping Chelmsford a great place to live! Do it for yourself, do it for your kids, heck do it for your grandkids, I really don't care but just do it!
Come this Tuesday April 3rd, you have many decisions to make. Please do your homework, review all of the candidates and the Town Meeting Representatives that will be on the ballot. Make that educated decision based on facts, just when you did when you decided to buy your house in this wonderful town of Chelmsford.
Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion, it is just my opinion and you can do with it what you wish.
Town Meeting Rep.