Sudbury Town Moderator Myron J. Fox was very clear in his explanation to attendees prior to the start of the Special Town meeting, people were to be respectful of others and stick to the warrants when it came their turn to speak. So why is Mr. Fox allowed to be very disrespectful of a Sudbury resident when he wanted to express his opinion?
When Bryan Semple was chosen to speak from the balcony, Mr. Fox quipped, and I paraphrase, "If I knew it was you, Bryan, I wouldn't have called on you."
This comment by the Moderator of the Town Meeting, the man in charge, the chooser of commenters and the ender of comment period was very disrespecful. It was also met by a response of "That's not right," by Mr. Semple. I and another town resident simultaneously called for a point of order and both called out Mr. Fox on his disrespect. We were further pooh-poohed by Mr. Fox when he explained his action away as a "joke" and stated that he knew Bryan.
For the over 1,000 residents who took valuable time away from their families and other things they could be doing on Monday night, I doubt we knew Mr Fox's relationship with Mr. Semple, I doubt most people took it as a joke, and I think Mr. Fox should hold himself to a higher standard than what he expects from residents who may or may not have been attending their first Town Meeting and may or may not be aware of the proper Robert's Rules of Order