Sunday April 28, 2013

The town of Dalton has an interesting race in Tuesday’s election. There are three well-qualified candidates in the running for the two openings on the Select Board, creating a difficult choice for many voters.

Current Select Board Chairman John Boyle looms as an excellent choice for re-election. With a combined 15 years serving as Selectman spanning a period of time from the 1980s to the present, his experience with changes in town government structure, personnel, recommendations on a myriad of short- and long-term fiscal issues and employing a patient and practical approach to improving conditions for citizens of all ages, support a case for keeping him in office.

In addition, John has proven leadership by example, including making recommendations that may not have been in the popular or easy category but in the best interests of the town, such as his opposition to acquiring the Dalton Youth Center for a Senior Center. John felt our seniors deserved a free-standing, easily accessible facility. The DYC site, supported by many town officials, would have deprived the youth of our town an activity center, would have created a traffic and parking nightmare on South Carson Ave. (think of the Pittsfield Post Office) and would have cost substantially more because of the antiquated structure of the building. The Town Meeting embraced John’s well-reasoned position.


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He has worked diligently to foster teamwork among the Select Board and town manager, encouraging a harmonious and positive leadership team.

The above attributes are underscored by an excellent work ethic, planning for future decisions facing Dalton’s voters, such as the fate of the former Dalton High School, as John and others have taken the necessary steps to bring this issue to the table for voters to consider.

Last, but not least, John Boyle’s common-sense approach to town issues is beyond question.

TOM CALLAHAN

Dalton