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It was disappointing for Special Town Meeting to stop the debate and end the chance for public input on WIN article

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Dear editor of The Saugus Advocate,

  As a resident of Lynn, Massachusetts, I live in close proximity to the Win Waste incinerator and unlined ash dump. On October 24th, I attended the Saugus Town Meeting with the intention of voicing my opposition to the proposed ash landfill expansion which would violate state law since it is located in an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).

  Firstly, I want to thank the leaders of Saugus who organized the meeting. Sometimes it isn’t easy to do what is right, especially when money is involved, so thank you for courageously standing up for the health and wellbeing of our communities.

  Unfortunately, before public comment, town meeting members voted to indefinitely postpone the proposed article, effectively ending debate and the chance for public input. This was an incredibly disappointing display of cowardice and blatant corruption. Several of the town meeting members take money from WIN and their vote to stop debate was a conflict of interest. I encourage politicians statewide to stop taking money from this company. If they do, they should abstain from voting on any issue related to WIN.


  Eliot Smith


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