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Opponents of Elm Court project should withdraw their law suit

In his letter, Martin Kaplan writes: "The town [of Lenox] and the Zoning Board of Appeals have carried out their legal responsibilities in a thorough, open and transparent fashion, considering all of the issues with deep respect for all viewpoints."

To the Editor:

We who care about the future of Lenox and the Berkshires should appreciate the steadfastness of the developer of Elm Court and the leadership of the Town of Lenox in their continuing efforts to bring Elm Court back as a viable and important contributor to the life and economy of our community.

The plaintiffs, of course, have the right to pursue every legal remedy possible to prevent this development (as I presume they would do to any other potential Elm Court development). However, I believe their doing so is a great disservice to our community.

The town and the Zoning Board of Appeals have carried out their legal responsibilities in a thorough, open and transparent fashion, considering all of the issues with deep respect for all viewpoints. The quality of their work is a testament to the success of the democratic decision-making system in our town.

I would hope that their exemplary process would be respected by those neighbors who were opposed to the project, and who, understandably, are disappointed in the decision.

Their pursuit of the appeal, while surely within their rights, appears, however, to be narrowly self-centered and frivolous, and fails to respect the clear decision, fairly reached, by the legally authorized boards of Lenox.

I hope the plaintiffs will reconsider their decision; they would do a great service to Lenox and the Berkshires by dropping their continuing efforts to prevent an important project that will benefit our community.

Martin S. Kaplan

12 October Hill Drive

Lenox, Mass.

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