To The Daily Sun,
In a recent article in the Daily Sun (Oct. 15), Gilmanton Selectman Marshall Bishop continues to suggest that the town of Gilmanton is entirely to blame for his restaurant's lack of permits. His mantra has now become: "This dysfunctional town never told me what to do."
Well, in fact, they did. They even wrote it down. It was a simple request, on a single, easy-to-read document, which read: amend your site-plan according to required conditions, resubmit the plan, and the Planning Board, after reviewing the plan, may sign off on your request, to operate, essentially, from what many believe was the understanding of the board at the time, a "cheese and cracker" and wine-tasting function room.
It's been pointed out many times, that the word "restaurant," was never used. So yes, they told him what to do, and he simply did not do it. I personally am tired of hearing Selectman Bishop continually state that past town governments were "dysfunctional." The fact of the matter is that he is now part of a governing body that has brought an entirely new meaning to "dysfunction."
His claim, which he suggests in the article, that by becoming a selectman he has somehow ridden into town on a white horse to save the town from itself, is honestly, with all due respect to Mr. Bishop, the most ridiculous and laughable statement I have read in a long time. I have closely watched this town's government for well over 15 years, and town minutes, both past and present, will support me when I say that the majority of this current board, voted in for the sole purpose of forcing the town to pay for the private Year-Round Library, hasn't become an example of what to do in town government, but a perfect example of what not to do.
It's time, then, that Selectman Bishop stop trying to place the blame for his problems, by pointing the finger. Unless of course ... he's looking in the mirror.
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