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Bob Thompson: Never accused of being a ‘yes man’ before

To the editor:
This letter is in response to the letter submitted by Gino Funicella and published in the Feb. 28 edition of the Conway Daily Sun. In that letter, Gino described Jerry Dougherty as the “prime mover” of four issues that have been decided in a way that seems to disturb him. He also describes the board of selectmen as a one-man side show that is led by Jerry. I have been accused of a lot of things in my years of public service, but being a “yes-man” has never been one of them. I’ve been accused of being exhaustive in my research, a process man to a fault, and of being driven, but never a “yes-man.” I encourage all Jackson citizens to read the minutes of our meetings and decide for themselves or, better yet, watch the recorded videos.
Propaganda according to Wikipedia “is a form of communication that is aimed towards influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.” I believe that’s what’s really going on here and it serves the citizens of Jackson no purpose. Most of Gino’s letter was meant to incite not inform. Gino knows better than anyone that the selectmen don’t decide what meetings go into non-public, that is determined by Right to Know Laws. Gino is also aware that the Jackson Transfer Station agreement will be saving the town $22,000 from our contribution of just two years ago.
Gino, when you approached me during the election last year, congratulated me for running, you told me what we needed in our town was, “someone who would go on the board of selectman and block the efforts of other selectmen to make certain decisions.” Well Gino, sorry to disappoint, that is not how I have ever conducted myself as a public servant. My objectives are to look at the issues, get all of the information I need to come to conclusions, and hopefully in that way best serve Jackson citizens. I believe my record indicates that is how I operate. No Gino, you don’t truly believe that I carry Jerry’s water; you’re just frustrated that I won’t carry yours.
Bob Thompson, selectman
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