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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Questioning Sudbury's Traditions

Resident Dan De Pompei says Selectmen O'Brien and Drobinski define what is and is not a tradition in Sudbury.

Tradition is the handing down of information, beliefs and customs by word of mouth from one generation to another without written instruction. But, like the game where several players sit in a circle and whisper a message from one player to the next, the tradition can be easily misinterpreted, re-interpreted or even maligned. 

At the Nov. 7 Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting one agenda item was a vote to approve extending the licensed closing hours and serving of alcoholic beverages on Thanksgiving Day from 12:00 AM to 1:00 AM for Bistro 20 and from 1:00 AM to 2:00 AM for Lavenders. 

Selectman Haarde questioned what good would result from serving alcohol at those hours. Selectmen Drobinski and O’Brien responded that it was a tradition to do this over Thanksgiving Vacation when “our kids are home from school.” 

When voted, the vote was 2 to 1 in favor. Selectman Drobinski and O’Brien voted yes to extend the serving of alcohol while “our kids are home from school.” These are the same Selectmen Drobinski and O’Brien who decided Sudbury does not have a tradition of rotating the Chairmanship of the Board of Selectmen and decided Sudbury does not have a tradition of open public comment at BOS meetings. 

Our recent behavior indicates tradition in Sudbury is not passed down and memorized from generation to generation. Tradition is defined by the BOS and invoked or rejected at their convenience. Perhaps the BOS should write down our traditions so all residents can work from the same agenda.  

Sudbury, we can do better.

Dan De Pompei

Haynes Road

Liz Ryan December 27, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Thank you Dan De Pompei for running to unseat Larry O'Brien who has grown too comfortable having sat in his board seat for 16 long years, and please do it again (it was a close race. Next time: you're in!) and thank you for making us aware that O'Brien thinks drinking is a tradition to be passed down to our children, not a surprise coming from a man who was drinking past legal hours at Lavender on the night that one of his drinking buddies - Elizabeth Rust, an employee of this community who should have lost her job - was charged with her THIRD DUI!!! Sudbury needs to and will unseat Drobinski and OBrien (who just recently imposed one of the highest tax rates in the state) and then let's fire Rust and replace overpaid town manager Maureen Valente!

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