I find it truly pitiful that John Coutinho thinks the negativity in his ad and letter to the editor will get him elected in Hopkinton. This is a distressful approach to a very important position in our town. I have had the utmost respect for our Select Board throughout the years. Never more so than through the pandemic. Coutinho wasn’t there, so throwing shade now seems a moot point. Volunteerism is alive and well in Hopkinton. We are not Democrats or Republicans in our volunteerism. We are citizens who care about our neighbors enough to donate our time. It seems detrimental and adverse to the positivity we need in our town volunteers. I cannot remember anyone blaming the Select Board in 2009 when our last town manager left, because it didn’t happen.
“Stepping on others to get ahead is symptomatic of highly aggressive workplace cultures, which typically produce volatile performance: Think Enron.” [That quote is from] leadership expert Peter Fuda. He goes on to say, “Build strong, strategic networks, help your contacts, develop a reputation for being great at what you do and for bringing out the best in others. That’s a standout combination for anyone’s career.”
— Beth Malloy, Hopkinton
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