Published DateTo the editor,
Regarding the editorial in the Concord Monitor suggesting that everyone just give up trying to get SB-2 accepted in Sanbornton — I feel that I must protest. The gist of the editorial is that after 13 years of being on the ballot, SB-2 has not been chosen, proponents of SB-2 should back off.
To quote them, "Our advice to them: Give it a rest." The real message is..."You have been defeated, so enough already — give up, put your tail between legs, slink away and don't bother bringing it up again.
Ironically, town meeting is supposed to represent old fashioned values and community. And yet the Monitor's suggestion is the very antithesis of good fellowship and good sportsmanship i.e.; being good winners and good losers. While offering a back-handed olive branch by suggesting that Sanbornton tailor the meeting to meet the needs of additional participants, the "in your face" implication almost suggests that the Monitor might have some sort of ax to grind! Odd since they are the CONCORD Monitor. At any rate, they are certainly NOT appearing to be a good winner, are they?
"They won — you lost — so go home and don't bother ever trying again because your defeat is a "done deal" — quite the poignant message to send out to people striving for change. Unfortunately, it is also a posture that is usually associated with bullies and dictators. I don't know about you, but the very idea of a defeatist mentality makes me sick. It wasn't the way I was raised and it certainly isn't the way I think living in a free country should be. And it is certainly not an acceptable concept to teach our younger generations.
In another op-ed piece I mentioned the likes of Nazi Germany and communist countries everywhere — where free speech was curtailed and (even with the Borg in Star Trek), all efforts to resist are considered futile. But consider what might have happened if defeat had been regarded as a fait du complet during the great wars of our time — the Revolution, the Civil War, WWI an WWII. We probably would all be speaking with British accents — or worse — we wouldn't be speaking any form of English at all!
The saying goes — If you don't succeed, Try, try again. The Monitor's message spin on it? If you don't succeed — just give up! Hopefully anyone working towards change in Sanbornton, or anywhere else, has enough intelligence and good sense as to NOT pay any attention to such drivel.
Give up? Sorry — not gonna happen!