To the Editor:

I was deeply saddened when I read John Gray’s recent LTE which took aim at our first selectman’s youngest daughter:

“Making matters worse, Manville recently awarded his daughter with a town job without announcing the job or obtaining approval for her hire from the Board of Selectmen as required by the Town Charter.”

Not exactly Mr. Gray. Ms. Manville is a 23-year-old grad student at NYU who happened to be on winter break from classes and offered to help out, with no notice, when the town clerk’s office was quarantining due to Covid-19 exposure.

A six-day temp position at minimum wage hardly qualifies as “awarding her a town job without announcing the job or obtaining approval for her hire from the Board of Selectmen as required by the Town Charter.”

If a young person cheerfully steps up to help when needed they should be commended for their actions, not made to feel like they were cheating or stealing something. I appreciate what Ms. Manville did to help her father, the Town Clerk’s Office and the community of Southbury.

Looks like her dad taught her to “Do the right thing.” I for one am thankful to her for her service.

Shame on you Mr. Gray, character matters.

Sharon Scarlett

Southbury

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