Three men on the Camden Select Board decided to take away my right to vote.

I am one of those young professionals who would benefit from McLean Hospital operating a residential recovery center at Fox Hill. I am a single father of a 3-year-old daughter, and I rent an apartment in Camden.

I want to work where I live. I want my daughter to attend school here. I have to drive a long distance to work, and I was hoping that I could apply for a finance or administration management job at McLean for which I am qualified.

I know I am not the only one who feels betrayed by the Select Board. Do they want all the businesses and young families to move away? Why would they not, at least, allow us to vote on this issue? If the town decided to vote this down, I would gladly accept this decision, but now, I feel cheated of the opportunity to vote.

I never expected that three men would dare to interrupt the town meeting form of government to please a small group of vocal opponents. You took away the voting rights of an entire town – that is your legacy. I am writing McLean to encourage them to petition the town to put this zoning amendment on the June ballot.

Nathan Dalpini



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