Bourne Town Meeting, November 16, 2020

Bourne Town Meeting in the gymnasium at Bourne Middle School

Perhaps the most special thing about Monday’s Special Town Meeting at Bourne Middle School was how ordinary it was.

With 11 warrant articles covered in little more than a half-hour and most articles receiving unanimous approval from the 56 people seated apart at a safe distance, it would not be an overstatement to say that Special Town Meeting on Monday, November 16, went off without a hitch.

This was due in large part to the Town of Bourne’s intelligent planning and wise COVID-19 precautions that were in ample evidence throughout the meeting.

In the midst of coronavirus fears and electoral strife nationwide, to witness a smoothly run and “uneventful” local event—important as the proceedings and the votes are to the administration of the town—we say, “Let’s have more of that.”

(Also on Monday evening Falmouth Town Meeting failed to reach a quorum, pushing the meeting to January 25.)

For those who might be looking for more drama or flash from a Town Meeting in Bourne, we can only say, “Maybe in 2021. Let’s let 2020 end with a polite, firm voice rather than a harsh, chaotic roar.”

With Thanksgiving coming next week, we give thanks to Town Moderator Donald J. Pickard and everyone else involved in Monday’s meeting, organizers and participants, for their excellent efforts.

Simple democracy, done simply.

Yes, let’s have more of that, please.

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