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Published on Dec 14, 2012

Clinton Connecticut Town Meeting December 12, 2012. Willie Fritz is elected moderator. Resolution to accept a $20,000 matching grant for historic preservation passes unanimously, contrary to false rumors circulated by Peter Niles that the Clinton Taxpayers Association was planning to attend to vote against it. Preposterous!

Willie Fritz, Clinton's First Selectman serving as moderator autocratically participates in the discussion even after it is pointed out that under parliamentary rules a moderator should step down if he or she wishes to participate in discussion rather than moderate.

The second resolution is flawed in that it proposes to purchase property for the purpose of building a school on the site without indicating any price.

It is also for the purpose of buying property that includes a home built in 1800 on the farm of Minuteman, David LeBarron, who answered the call to the Lexington Alarm in 1775 and was present to hear the shot heard 'round the world. His family owned this home until 1943 when David's great grandson, Newton, sold it to Carl Swan. Jerry Vece, Chair of the Morgan Building Committee and proprietor of Shoreline Appliance, has stated publicly that demolition of the building is an option. See YouTube video http://youtu.be/wcOOWz4K8F4 The former revolution's unanimous is evidence of how counter culture that option is to a town that reveres and cherishes the legacy of its historic homes.

Likewise, even the biggest proponents of this new school,(including Valarie Nye, a New Morgan New Future organizer) voice concerns about differences in what they were sold and what they are now getting. Bate and switch may be a sound strategy for selling kitchen appliances, but it is severely flawed for a $64.75 million school. To see what was originally sold and what is now being proposed and the alarmed reactions see YouTube at: http://youtu.be/VqkwmawhZpk

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