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By Sunday, May 13, 2018 Letters 2

To the Editor:

Sheffield had its annual town meeting this past Monday and, once again, we saw democracy at its best. Those who came to town meeting voted on 26 articles, and made decisions on the town’s budget and many other items that citizens must approve for the articles to take effect. Two articles were not approved and one of those was a citizens’ petition for a temporary moratorium on marijuana establishments, which I authored and presented at the meeting.

Comments were robust and, when the vote was tallied, the townspeople rejected it.

Since becoming a resident, I have attended every town meeting and, win or lose, it is truly what Norman Rockwell captured in one of his “Four Freedoms” paintings. It is a privilege to participate in this most basic form of democracy.

Rene Wood

The writer is a candidate for the Sheffield Board of Selectmen

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  1. Charles Henderson says:

    If you are elected, will you try for marijuana by-laws with grandfather provisions?

    1. Rene Wood says:

      Hi Charles – I did get elected today! Please call me at your convenience – 413-248-1172 – and let’s discuss. Thank you – Rene

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