Nobody who brings about change is immune to criticism.
The more change that they are responsible for, the more that they are criticized.
In Southbridge the biggest target for such criticism, for a sustained period of years, is without a doubt Scott Lazo.
Often overlooked is what he has accomplished.
Scott was the driving force behind Southbridge’s acquisition of the water company. To this day it constitutes Southbridge’s most valuable financial, economic and strategic asset.
Scott was a leading advocate for the construction of a new school when many considered it a pipe dream.
For almost two decades he has devoted himself to the youth of the community in sports programs.
Scott and his family have been in the forefront of contributing time, money and resources to town projects, rarely garnering the credit they deserved for these efforts, even when it was to their financial disadvantage.
Scott, along with his father and brothers are compassionate giving people who have helped many in need without it ever becoming public knowledge.
Is he more than a little rough around the edges? Absolutely.
Is he too quick to anger? Yes.
Is his loyalty sometimes misguided? Perhaps.
Are there times when I would have advised him to shut the hell up? Decidedly.
But when you add up all that Scott Lazo has contributed to this town compared to the slings and arrows he has had to endure from those who have sought to build themselves up solely on the basis of tearing him and his family down, you have someone who’s love and devotion for and to his community are unquestionable.
I am long overdue in speaking out in this way.
For that, Scott, I apologize.