To The Daily Sun,
I must say I was impressed with a recent letter (July 12) from a Gilmanton resident, who so succinctly dissected me with his acute and uncanny perspectives as to what he perceived to be the inner workings of my mind and motives. I will admit that I'm guilty, at times, of some of what he suggested, but I was particularly struck by his observation that I am an "elevator of instigations."
I'm still not quite sure exactly how he meant that, but I'm pretty sure he didn't mean it as a compliment. However, I can assure him that at my age elevating instigations is far too stressful and in fact, my cardiologist has strictly forbidden me from doing any such thing. "No more elevating of instigations," he last told me. Oh, darn!
I thought, then, at this time, to carefully elevate a recommendation that may be of help to this writer in the future. Possibly it could even benefit our current town government, which he is so obviously fond of. I would suggest that the next time he wants to counter another person's opinions, values, perspectives or whatever, in respect to their town government, he should avoid going into the self-help aisle of his local library and pulling out the volume entitled, "101 intelligent-sounding phrases to attack a person's character when you're incapable of making an argument." In fact, I know of a library where such a book has been used quite frequently.
Rather, he should proceed beyond that aisle to the aisle marked "research," look up the laws that govern public bodies, and see if he can actually make an argument to support some of what the Gilmanton selectmen and town administrator have done in the past few months.
For example, he could argue that it really was okay to undermine, discredit and embarrass the Gilmanton Police Department. That would be an easy one. He could start there. Or, possibly he could argue that a governing body's destruction of a person's livelihood is really not such a bad thing after all. A person's livelihood ... so what? Then there's great potential in making an argument for a governing body to destroy a person's reputation. I mean, it's only a reputation ... not a big deal, right? Why would any of these be such hard arguments to make?
Of course, he shouldn't neglect to include the argument in support of releasing personal information, and while he's at it, he should also take a crack at making an argument that can support the stream of derisive, vindictive and harmful dialogues which were recorded and released, never explained and never apologized for, that were just swept under the rug, where they will continue to fester indefinitely, and which have made coming together in this writer's idealistic "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" an impossible and unattainable reality. A reality, I might add, that did once exist in Gilmanton, and that I long to see return.
Lastly ... is that a dark cloud of nepotism I see on Gilmanton's horizon? Hard to say, but just in case, I would prepare an argument for that as well.
So ... these are only a few suggestions that would keep this writer busy for a long time. However, I have a feeling my advice will fall on deaf ears, and he and his comrades will feel the need to, how shall we say, "elevate an instigation," against my character and the character of others yet again, because that's just so much easier than forming an argument — especially when one doesn't exist.
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