To The Daily Sun,
I was saddened by the recent events at the Meredith Selectboard workshop. In a democracy, there will always be honest differences of opinion. Sometimes one finds oneself in the majority on an issue. At other times, one's heartfelt beliefs are not shared by a majority of citizens. In that case, you have the right to speak out, to publish your opinions, and to attempt to sway your neighbors. Honest political differences should never descend to personal attacks, as was the case in the recent Route 3-25 discussion.
A majority of citizens did not favor the roundabout recommendations. The Selectboard heard their opinions courteously and yielded to the will of the majority. That was democracy in action. There was absolutely no call for personal attacks. The board should have been diligent in keeping the discussion civil. They also should have stood up for one of their own who had given tirelessly of his time and expertise, whether they supported the recommendations of the committee or not. To do otherwise was a disservice to that member and to all the citizens who were then deprived of his efforts on our behalf.
It is worth reminding ourselves that we could not have the wonderful town we love without the hard work of those who volunteer their time and knowledge to make this town work. Town officials who receive a small stipend are certainly not compensated for the myriad hours they contribute to our quality of life.
Let us never allow anyone to turn neighbors into enemies because of a political difference of opinion. I, for one, would like to thank Lou Kahn for all he has done for Meredith, in official capacities such as service on the Planning Board and Selectboard, and in unofficial ways, such as his volunteer hard work with the Conservation Commission. Lou can often be found with a saw in the town parks clearing trails for all of us who love to hike, snowshoe, or just discover nature. Thank you, Lou.
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