Either I'm not a very good judge of human nature, or I'm a terrible person. Raise your hand if you're an abutter who doesn't feel you have the right and the duty to be concerned about what happens next door, down the street, or in your town. You know the property, it's history and its character. What if you lived next door to an area of open space that is in conservation, is a great asset to your town, and is used as a quiet getaway, for recreation and for farming? What if it's one of the two or three areas of open space over which you, as a resident of Williamstown, has any control?
I have "a dog in the fight," as Mr. Parese described those of us who care deeply about the Lowry property. Mr. Scerbo is an abutter, yes, and is a knowledgeable citizen who volunteered his time and talents to research the facts. Mrs. Zasloff used her writing ability and her many other talents to prepare a booklet and website which share her knowledge and love of the Lowry property, so others would be familiar with the beautiful open space which has been suggested for development.
Yes, I also have "a dog in the fight," and I won't apologize for it. Who better to decide what happens to beautiful conservation land than the other abutters and those of us whose family has lived next door for some 65 years?
Priscilla M. Northup