Tom Franks

Case and Reichsman: They see the human side of issues

Peter "Fish" Case, who is seeking a three-year term on the Brattleboro Selectboard, has been a strong supporter of this community for decades. He has been here for Brattleboro during celebrations and challenges. He is always willing to step up and do what is necessary, all the while maintaining his sense of humor.

Peter has an eagerness to learn rarely seen in politics these days. He will change his mind when presented with evidence contrary to his initial opinions. This is all but extinct in the wilderness outside our very local democracy.

Finally, he is both forthright and compassionate. As the saying goes, "Honesty without compassion is cruelty." Peter is a deeply kind and caring individual. I strive to live up to his example. I am so glad he is willing to continue to work on our behalf.

I am grateful that Franz Reichsman is willing to serve for another year on the Brattleboro Selectboard for three reasons: 1) He brings a meticulous analytic approach to decision making; 2) He has the humility to serve quietly and do the hard work necessary to understand complex issues; and, 3) Although a genuinely nice person, he is willing to take a stand to do what he believes is right. I know these things from observation of his many years of service in the Representative Town Meeting and his first year on the Selectboard.

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Tom Franks, Brattleboro Board of Listers (write-in)

I believe my skill in quantitative (e.g. square feet) and qualitative (e.g. condition relative to age) analysis will make a valuable contribution to the Board of Listers' process. I have been a member of Representative Town Meeting for over a decade. As the executive director of Building a Better...

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It is class warfare. You lost.

Half the population of the country is no less hard-working, able, and motivated than they were when they were doing better. Nor are the top 1 percent that much more worthy.

It's not fashionable to talk about class in the United States, but we've got it. It is based on money. Unless you are in the top one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans (165,000 households), you and your demographic peers have lost ground. In 2016, these top households had a...

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‘I’d probably make the same decision’

An open letter to the shareholders of the Brattleboro Food Co-op and the general community: Recently, I and another individual resigned from the Board of Directors of the Brattleboro Food Co-op. It was made clear to us that seven of the nine other board members believed that we had violated the board code of conduct and their trust. While we disagreed with the majority of the board, we did not believe we would be able to change their minds. The...

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