To The Daily Sun,
Fellow citizens of Gilmanton, okay, so we tried the not-so-grand experiment that is SB-2. As many of us predicted, we were sold a bill of goods about this deeply flawed process. We were told that it would increase participation in town government, lead to a more informed citizenry, and increase voter turnout. One out of three is not good.
What it has done is increase uninformed voting in Gilmanton. Articles that should have passed easily if voters had understood them were defeated. Participation at the deliberative session has been abysmal, and that's being gentle about it; 80 people the first year, 40 or so the second, and 113 (less than 5 percent of the eligible voters) the third year.
School District participation is even worse; 25 people this year. (That's) pathetic.
Some supported SB-2 by saying that the robust, healthy debates at Town Meeting were becoming "dangerous." Nonsense! There is not one citizen in Gilmanton who should be afraid to have a good, old-fashioned, honest debate of issues with their neighbors, and then vote on those issues while they are still fresh in our minds. The six-week wait for the vote does nothing but dull the mind about what was discussed at deliberative session.
Please join me and your neighbors and vote to return to town meeting and end the charade of SB-2.
Dick de Seve
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