It has come to our attention that some people are continuing to harass town staff and contractors as they go about their duties at White Pond. Others are vandalizing trees on private property in Estabrook Woods. Still others are shooting pellet guns at other people.
Civility means we sometimes have to agree to disagree. For example, we certainly understand that not everyone agrees with every aspect of the White Pond project. However, Town Meeting voted at least twice to engage in the project and to fund it.
There is never any excuse for personal attacks, nor is there any value in doing so. To be frank, these behaviors benefit no one, but they are an embarrassment and a hazard to the entire Town of Concord.
Concord prides itself on civil discourse. Ongoing debate and peaceful protests are an important part of that process, but trespassing, vandalism, and personal attacks will not be tolerated. These actions are subject to prosecution, and they have been referred to the Concord Police Department.
I hope you will join me in deploring these behaviors. If you see someone acting inappropriately, please don’t hesitate to speak up. Call 911 if necessary. We all need to act to ensure that the unfortunate actions of a few don't compromise the civility, character, and safety of our town.
Terri Ackerman, Chair
Concord Select Board