Letter of Support for Friedrichs

I once again write to express my support for Terra Friedrichs for Selectman in the Town of Acton, MA.

Terra is someone we know well having listened to her at many town meetings over the past several years as issues arise, notably around development. She is forthright, but always dedicated to the town and its strong future. As important, Terra is willing to bring her analysis, ideas and cautions to our civic discourse in a way that is honest and based on the facts. As someone said, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but we are not entitled to our own facts.

The direction the town of Acton has taken regarding growth in the last years can be troubling. Increasingly, fellow citizens express this same concern. New development in town continues its rapid pace seemingly undeterred. It will change the character of this town if a more rationale yet innovative approach to development and growth are not considered.

Terra Friedrichs has a willingness to speak out on this issue, as well as many others, to express her concerns respectfully in a democratic way. We stop, listen and begin to think more openly and creatively. She is smart and that is a terrific asset; she is also indefatigable which is rare.

As important, Terra is a seasoned and sophisticated professional who appreciates that towns need to grow responsibly. The town has begun to suffer from development fatigue. Terra knows this and expresses her concerns through her citizen activism, but always with sincerity. Adding her thoughtful energy and leadership to the BOS would be an asset for the town.

In any town, growth can tempt like a 'shiny new thing' but in the end it can also become fool's gold. Terra understands that Acton can move in new directions with creative solutions on many issues of infrastructure and growth that compel the town’s attentions in this 21^st century. As a realist, she will seek practical, collaborative, diverse solutions, not obstructionist ones.

As a Selectman, with her colleagues, Terra will be especially keen to meet the interests of all of Acton's citizens without overlooking the special needs of any one constituency.

Terra will reach for bold initiatives that show fairness and balance while remaining totally accountable to all of us her fellow residents in Acton.

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