There are five candidates for Falmouth Town Council and one gives me great concern. Valentine Sheldon has recently waded into town politics, spreading misinformation and stoking unfounded fear. Even more troubling, Sheldon has been suggesting that town and school staff, volunteers, and elected officials have been acting in bad faith.

In this era of toxic politics, we must resist these divisive forces in Falmouth. Regardless of where one stands on Falmouth’s land use debate, we should all insist on more positive and optimistic leaders, who are committed to honest analysis and civil debate. I know candidates Janice de Lima, Jay Trickett, and Tommy Johnson and am certain that they will meet this standard. I will be voting for them.

Jonathan Culley