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July 26, 2013

Salisbury moves to curb rancor

Selectmen hope to bring more professional attitude to town boards

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“People need to pay more attention to how they conduct themselves,” Hunt said. “I know even I do at times. Everyone needs to be professional at meetings.”

Beaulieu said Americans have the right to free speech, but that doesn’t mean that anything goes, especially when it comes to public employees and officials, elected or appointed. Elected officials shouldn’t feel threatened for acting in what they believe is in the best interest of the town.

“We all have the right to disagree with each other, and we have the right to try and sway another person’s opinion when we disagree,” Beaulieu said. “But we have to do that in a way that’s respectful.”

“I’m surprised we even have to have this conversation,” Condon said.

 

 

 

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