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Democracy doesn't equate to which, or how many people show up

  • Published in Letters

To The Daily Sun,

This is a response to a letter last Saturday, March 18, in this paper from Colette Worsman, where she disagreed with an earlier letter from me where I stated that our Inter-Lakes School District meeting was one "where democracy was demonstrated to its finest." Her reply to that was: "I would hardly describe the Inter-lakes annual school district meeting democracy ruled." She continued, "Most of the 121 voters who attended the meeting were teachers, administrators, and family members. Only those who benefit from the increase spending attended."

Democracy doesn't equate to which and how many people show up, it's that they did show up and vote. Yes, Virginia, I mean Colette, even if some of the voters were teachers, administrators, and their family members.

Because the vote did not go the way you had hoped, well, that's the way it is in a democracy. Every vote counts.

This attitude you have about democracy seems to be a recurring theme because I do remember a number of years ago when you and another Selectboard member at that time felt "the low turnout at Town Meeting may have meant that not all opinions were heard." My response then to the two of you was, "It is not the job of any elected official to interpret the opinions of people who were not there."

To paraphrase Bill Russell, "You gotta show up."

Paula Trombi