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Letter: Bill Massaro Endorses Pete Peterson for Selectman

Medfield resident Bill Massaro writes in to voice support of Osler "Pete" Peterson and encourage the community to reelect the 12-year veteran.

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter in support of Osler “Pete” Peterson’s reelection to the Medfield Board of Selectmen. As a 35-year resident, I am concerned about the direction the town will take at this most critical time when proven leadership and commitment to the betterment of Medfield and its current and future residents is of such importance.

I have attended almost all of the Board of Selectmen meetings for the last two years. While my primary concerns are ensuring the adequacy of the state’s planned remediation of the hazardous waste at the former and reducing the significant cost impact to the town of the proposed 440-unit redevelopment, I could not help but be impressed with selectman Peterson’s frequent demonstration of his thoughtful analysis to solve problems and his willingness to introduce and entertain new ideas. Many of these ideas addressed ways to reduce town costs and generate revenue. More important to me, however, as I struggled with the public meeting process, were his suggestions to facilitate residents’ timely access to a responsive, transparent town government.

As a result of his efforts to make opportunities for public participation in discussion about issues already before the board, as well as for the introduction of new issues and concerns, the Board of Selectmen has implemented a fixed schedule for meetings, advance publication of agendas, addition of standing agenda items, and timely availability of meeting minutes. Through his blog, Twitter, and Facebook accounts he has kept residents informed of local and state actions, and has detailed his efforts to work with our state and federal legislators on the current issues of critical concern to the town.   

His long and exceptional service to the town on a wide variety of boards, committees, and commissions has clearly demonstrated both the commitment to Medfield, concern for its residents, and the leadership ability needed at this time.

I encourage you to join me on March 26 and vote to reelect Osler “Pete” Peterson to the Medfield Board of Selectmen.

Sincerely,

Bill Massaro
Evergreen Way, Medfield

Richard DeSorgher March 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I know It's a great political tactic to cast doubt and spread innuendo to bring down someone’s character in a campaign but I hope the negative attack campaigning we are seeing on the national level is not going to show its ugly head here. As the person, who nominated Bill Massaro, I did so because I have watched Bill for years give what is a full-time effort into his concerns on the hospital. His unpaid dedication is a shining example of active citizenship at its best. Bill is at every selectman’s meeting, communicating at the state level, being a watchdog at the hospital site, etc. Let’s not smear his reputation because you disagree with who he supports for selectman. You also cast doubt and innuendo on the volunteer judges. They too are not there for political reasons but again are giving their time to volunteering for a helpful organization. The Foundation has raised private monies that has helped many public purposes in Medfield. This entirely volunteer run entity has raised over $1.3 million. What makes Medfield, Medfield is the positive volunteer spirit of its citizens. Please don’t take the route of dragging people into the mud for political reasons. I have not made up my mind in the selectman’s race and will continue to view them until I vote. But I will do so based on facts and knowledge and not innuendo and smear. Medfield is much better than that. Vote for your choice for selectman but give Bill Massaro his due, he clearly has earned that.
Errin Chapin March 17, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Wow...to think that Pete or Bill were of questionable integrity speaks volumes for the above poster's knowledge of either gentleman. Let's keep this above board.
Nick Athanasiadis March 17, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I would like to reassure Mr DeSorgher as well as Medfield Residents, that as far as I know nobody from my campaign made the comments about the timing of Mr Massaro's award. I have personally congratulated Mr. Massaro and I personally appreciate all the work he has done for Medfield.
CMP March 18, 2012 at 01:23 AM
As a member of the four-person subcommittee that worked on the Medfield Foundation's volunteer program this past year, we had countless discussions about who should judge the awards. Over and over, I was impressed by Pete's personal commitment to a transparent and unbiased process that prohibited any of us (Pete included) from taking part in any aspect of the judging. As a result, we had six judges who independently reviewed the submissions and submitted their recommendations. Pete had absolutely no say in who received the final volunteer awards, Bill Massaro included. If "Also Concerned" is so worried about all of this, why not share who YOU are? Being an anonymous poster who feels so free to nastily question the integrity of two fine individuals is just pure cowardice. Thankfully I know from my experiences working on the volunteer recognition program this past year that there are so few people like you in this town of Medfield. I feel grateful to live in place filled with so many caring individuals who give so much of their time and energy to make Medfield a wonderful, special place.

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