A Rush to Judgment
To the Editor:
Another town meeting has come and gone and the people who attended the meeting made their wishes known by their vote. That is democracy in action. I believe what we observed at the meeting was a backlash caused by utter frustration with government whether federal, state or local. Nothing seems to happen, just a lot of talk. People are angry. This was an opportunity to get some action – NOW, RIGHT NOW!!! Unfortunately, when anger is focused on one particular goal, other equally as good as or better opportunities for all are overlooked – I would like to think unintentionally.
It was disappointing and unworthy of our town to discount the wishes of those who played by the rules and are taxpayers also, to deny them an opportunity to have their wishes respected. As selectmen it has nothing to do with whether we are for or against a particular issue, we represent all the citizens of the town. That is our charge and responsibility and we take it very seriously. The comment made by one individual that everyone knows about “death by committee” was unwarranted, misleading and inflammatory. I would like to point to the exhaustive and productive work done by the Conservation and Sign Ordinance Committees. Presently we have the Recreational Committee, which has met four times in a very short period of time seeking places for various recreational opportunities which will be presented to the selectmen and then put before the town. I hope at the next town meeting there will not be another rush to judgment, but rather a considered and thoughtful overview of possibilities for all. Everyone in our town deserves that consideration.
Selectman Pat Carter