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Town officials who are paid are public employees & should act as such

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To The Daily Sun,

I had the privilege of attending the meeting that the Alton Business Association hosted on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in Alton on the topic of workforce housing. The meeting went very smoothly for the most part, until planning board member and belligerent narcissist Thomas Hoopes decided to talk. He gave his opinion, as was his right, which also took the opposite side of 98 percent of the room. Another resident asked if he was there on behalf of the Planning Board or if he was speaking as an individual. At this point, Hoopes proceeded to yell at the woman, declaring that he was speaking as an individual, stuck his finger in her face, and yelled for her to sit down. This behavior on his part caused an uproar, causing another resident to tell him that by being on the Planning Board, he works for the residents of the town and he will not speak to his employers that way. He shouted back that he does not work for them, that he is a volunteer.

This is typical Hoopesie behavior, as has been noted in other letters to you and I can also attest to as I had my own personal run in with him at another public meeting I had attended. What Mr. Hoopes doesn't understand is that he was elected to his position and therefore is an employee of the residents of Alton. If he receives payment for his service to the town, he is a paid employee. He is not a volunteer and should learn to conduct himself in the manner befitting an employee. If he cannot behave properly when speaking to his employers, he should step down or be removed from the board as his services are no longer needed.

Scott Schoonmaker