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April 24, 2013

Anderson, Devine vie for selectman's seat in W. Newbury


Question 2: Would you support a “Phase III” approach to the Page School renovations; how would you approach the infrastructure needs of the regional secondary school campus?

No, every essential or required issue should be addressed first. It’s good to anticipate future problems and needs, but we shouldn’t fix things that aren’t broken. Some of the proposed Phase III upgrades do just that. These items should be reviewed in the context of other impending issues, like the infrastructure needs of the other schools. As to these needs, they should be evaluated using a farsighted cost benefit analysis with the appreciation that facilities, in and of themselves, comprise but one component of insuring success in the classroom and the superior school system we all wish to achieve.

Question 3: Would you favor a hunting policy to allow bow hunting on town-owned land?

This issue is most appropriately put to our residents for vote. The question emanates from the overpopulation of deer, which, beyond being an issue for the deer themselves, causes numerous car accidents, and Lyme disease, both potentially fatal to residents. If a hunting policy isn’t adopted, an alternative to controlling deer overpopulation by other means must be addressed.

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