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Let us remember who we are

After enduring four years of lies and divisive rhetoric that culminated in a violent assault on our democracy, we as a nation are facing the arduous task of healing and finding common ground while working for the common good and a return to decency.

Members of the Brattleboro community recently gathered for Annual Representative Town Meeting to engage in the democratic tradition of cooperative decision-making and civil debate.

That same day, a small group of outsiders whose views do not reflect our community’s compassion and caring showed up in Pliny Park.

Let us remember who we are as a community and unite around our values of decency, compassion, and caring for each other.

Marilyn Chiarello

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Originally published in The Commons issue #607 (Wednesday, April 7, 2021). This story appeared on page C3.

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