The good and bad from letters

There is some good news and some odd news from letters to the editor in last week’s Cabinet.

The good news first:

The establishment in Wilton of Harwood’s Farm Market, a local effort to start a food cooperative inspired by the work of the Souhegan Transition Network.

The new co-op, according to last week’s letter from Serafin Anderson, will work with local farmers and be open six days a week.

That it is named for the late Chet and Evelyn Harwood, once the proud owners of Harwood’s Market in Wilton, is only fitting.

They were true champions of the local economy and are still missed many years after they closed their market on Main Street.

In her letter, Anderson called the co-op “the beginning of a new era of community building work.”

Well, yes, and no. We see it more as a continuation of the work of the Souhegan Transition Network, but why quibble? Beginning or continuation, it’s still a very good thing.

Now for the odd news, in a letter from old friend Francis Gros Louis, a former Wilton resident living for many years in Virginia.

His letter was highly critical of Wilton selectmen whom Gros Louis charged with, among other things, violating the Right to Know laws “by denying taxpayers access to correspondence from residents.” There were a lot of other charges which readers can find by checking out his letter on our website.

Here is what we find odd:

Where did Gros Louis get all the information upon which he bases the many allegations in his letter? Clearly, because he lives in Virginia, he is not regularly attending Wilton selectmen’s meetings, so someone is feeding him information. Who might that be?

It must be someone who is either a selectman or someone knowledgeable about selectmen’s actions and town issues.

And does it matter?

We don’t think it does matter, but we are concerned about fairness and accuracy and given that the allegations come from someone living so far away, someone who must be getting his information second-hand, at best, we have to at least to wonder. We have great respect for Gros Louise, but is the information he is receiving accurate? We can’t know and we think the real problem is that he can’t know, either.

He charges a former selectman, a recent member of the board, with, at best, abetting “a preplanned, devious, unconscionable action,” regarding a town warrant article, details of which need not be repeated here. It is the allegation that disturbs us on two levels:

1. If it’s true, then that former official should be called to task.

2. How does Gros Louis know that it’s true? Can he provide more information, particularly about how he knows what he says he knows?

We don’t doubt his good intentions, we don’t doubt his sincerity, and we believe he believes what he alleges.

But how does he know?