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Don’t silence voices

To the Editor:

In the editorial titled Horace Nye: It's Time to Sell the authors stated their "fear further dialogue in settings such as public hearings would be dominated by" employees voicing concerns. When a newspaper discourages free speech, civil discourse in the public arena and participation in government, we should all be concerned.

On Dec. 5, 2011, an evening public meeting was held in Elizabethtown concerning the Essex County budget. Citizens supporting local farming, local business, local agencies and local libraries spoke. The Board of Supervisors listened and heard a primarily positive dialogue emphasizing the unique strength of Essex County. Let's have a public hearing about local health care at Horace Nye.

Jeff Scott

Lewis

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