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Opinion: ‘Bullying’ led to Nuovo resignation

As a lifelong resident, taxpayer, and former selectboard member, I wish to thank Dr. Victor Nuovo for his dedicated and loyal service as a member of the selectboard of the town of Middlebury. It was evident that Dr. Nuovo strived to serve and treat all constituents with respect, kindness and professionalism. However, it is very tragic that he felt compelled to resign due to the vicious witch-hunt that has permeated the town/college proposal since it was first announced.
No elected official deserves having to endure the unrelenting bombardment of verbal and written attacks. In my opinion, this style of “discussion” from a few individuals including several selectboard members is nothing short of bullying. The community of Middlebury should insist of everyone involved in public discussions and deliberations that civility must be first and foremost.
It is time for the legal voters of Middlebury to take a stand and compel the selectboard to have this proposal as an item to be voted on by ballot in March. Whether it is voted in the affirmative or negative, we have the legal right and obligation to vote on this most important issue.
Kevin D. Parizo
Middlebury

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