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October 10, 2013

Letter: Mayor had right to ask Bell to leave fund-raiser

To the editor:

We all love the back-and-forth on the Opinion page.

But when a letter writer is simply and factually wrong on an issue in the news, I believe the Times has a responsibility to point this out, and I believe that was the case with a letter that appeared last week (the Times, Tuesday, Oct. 8).

The Kirk for Mayor event at the Gloucester House was a political fund-raising event for a politician, in this case Carolyn Kirk.

Admission was open to those who bought a ticket. It was absolutely not a meeting of city employees or city committee members. It was absolutely not an event that could in any conceivable way be subject to open meeting laws, which Mayor Kirk, of course, follows scrupulously.

The letter writer is simply wrong when he asserts that the Brown Act in California, or its Massachusetts equivalent, the Open Meeting Law of 2010, apply in this case. They do not.

Whether or not you agree with her, Mayor Kirk had every right to ask Mr. Bell to leave what was really a private function.

THOMAS HAUCK

Gloucester

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