The impact of this amendment was not explained to the citizens. The only option given by the moderator was to vote down the entire budget. Twenty-five percent to 30 percent of the residents at the meeting did not approve and voted against Article 1. Since I was only made aware of this at Town Meeting, I had no ability to research the process or speak to counsel. I wish I could have articulated the unprecedented transformation that was occurring in a way most residents would understand.
The tears in my eyes were for you, my fellow residents of Wenham, as this appears to be the opinion of only a few individuals being forced on us, the voters. I am extremely disappointed with the leadership of Wenham. If you feel the same, please let your voices be heard and tell the selectmen that you do not agree with this new change.
Sarah F. Johnson