The old saying goes: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. As we prepare to vote in the May 2021 town election, we should keep that in mind.

In the past few years, Bourne has made great strides at growth and improvement. Main Street in Buzzards Bay is being revived, turning into a destination and business hub again. We are wisely and thoughtfully addressing critical issues in coastal pollution, conservation and wastewater. We have added a gorgeous new school and police station. The town’s finances and departments are well-managed.

I am usually one to promote change and new voices, but now is not the time to change things—not when so much good progress has been made. Incumbents Jim Potter and Jared McDonald have worked well with their colleagues on the Select Board, and they have played important roles in our recent revival. Also, with many of the leaders of our key town departments—police, fire, DPW, town administrator, et cetera—being pretty new in their roles, it is wise to keep some continuity and experienced leadership on the select board.

None of this is to discredit Mary Jane Mastrangelo, who is a strong candidate and a loyal servant to this town. Her leadership on the Finance Committee has also been key to our town’s growth. We need that to continue.

Our town is buzzing again. Doesn’t it make sense to continue with three good people in the roles that have helped this town brighten its future?

Michael Carlowicz

Pine Ridge Road

Buzzards Bay

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