Not a Rush to Judgment
To The Editor:
I would like to comment on a couple of articles appearing in the June 20, 2013, issue of the Bethel Citizen. But first, I would like to CONGRATULATE the voters of Bethel for turning out for their annual Town Meeting! Good for you taking the time to come and cast your vote for what you believe in – YOUR TOWN! You cast your vote and made your thoughts and wishes clear to the Selectmen.
Unlike Ms. Carter, I believe the taxpayers were educated, and fully informed on the articles they were there to vote on. I believe they had read the articles in the Bethel Citizen, Lewiston Sun Journal and attended several meetings and they were ready to make their wishes known. There was no "Rush to Judgment." Respecting someone's point of view and wishes does not make for everyone seeing things the same. Everyone has a right to their opinion and vote and clearly the Bethel Townspeople did just that. A democracy!
Mr. Wight comments (front page, same issue) that our town meeting was "a well-orchestrated theft of the site etc." (dog park). I find that very interesting because that's pretty much what the Dog Park Committee did to the Snowmobile Club. It was an after-thought when they presented their blueprints – drawn up in full – to the Club. They had already moved the Club Trail. It had been there for 30 years! They just pushed it off to the side. Later on they decided to "work with the Club" and did actually have a couple meetings/conversations with them. This was after the Club was told that nothing would change the snowmobile trail.
In the June 18 issue of the Sun Journal, Mr. Wight states that a dog park will not cost the taxpayers any money. In the March 14, 2013 issue of the Bethel Citizen, our Town Manager and Selectman, Don Bennett, admitted that eventually it will. Enough! If it's on Town Property, it's going to cost us.
Mr. Wight keeps saying lots of people want the Dog Park. Where were ALL these people at Town Meeting?
Article 4 did not pass (in my opinion) because it had the Dog Park in it. The people do not want a Dog Park on Town Property. Nor were they willing to relinquish their right to vote (to the Selectmen) on WHAT goes on Town Property.
Mr. Wight states (June 18, Sun Journal) that people (Bethel people?) are paranoid about taxes. I would say most everyone is concerned about taxes and where our tax money is going. Have some respect!