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September 14, 2013

Letter: Voters deserve full disclosure on Fuller

To the editor:

I appreciate the time Councillor Bruce Tobey has put in on behalf of the voters who want a voice in our democratic process on Fuller School (My View, “A real inside look at Fuller,” the Times, Wednesday, Sept. 4).

I have said since 2004 that Fuller School should not close and should be used as a learning center for all the students in Gloucester. That meant putting our money into a building that was well built and upgrading it to today’s standards.

Councilor Tobey has documented with pictures the building’s condition and I agree it can and should be brought back. That is where the process of a nonbinding referendum should have come into play.

The city councillors I spoke to say the public does not understand the costs involved or the advantages of building a new school in one ward of the city and why that would be the best option.

I am still bewildered by the rationale of why a nonbinding referendum cannot be put on the ballot for use of Fuller as a school. Because there is a concern that taxpayers and voters do not understand what they are voting on? I kid you not when I tell you that is what I was told.

What are some city councillors afraid of? To me, this seems just like what’s going on in Washington D.C. on bombing Syria. Our elected officials do not want to hear that the majority want no part of: in the case of Syria, it’s another war we cannot win.

This is so sad for all of us who go to the polls and elect people we want to listen to us and not turn a deaf ear to the democratic process.

So, voters and taxpayers, when councillors like Tobey stand their ground they do it for those who want to be heard.

Thank you, Bruce.



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