How is ‘no’ so unclear?
The following is a letter sent in to the Opinions section of the Keene Sentinel.
Looks like Winchester isn't alone when it comes to the voice of the people falling on deaf ears.As we approach this 4th of July weekend, I have to wonder if “we the people” means anything here in Acworth to our local government.
“We the People” the hardworking, taxpaying people of Acworth seem to be having a hard time making the selectboard understand our town meeting votes, because they keep disregarding them, and here we go again!
The town votes no and the board of selectmen ignores it. So does your vote count? I am writing to tell your readers after attending the June 27 meeting, that it apparently does not matter how we vote, the board is going to buy an excavator even though it was voted down.
This past March at town meeting, we voted against purchasing an excavator for $62,900. This article failed 86-59 after a very lengthy discussion. Remember that?
The board was told we were in a recession, we were a small town with a limited tax base and people could not afford this at this time.
Of course, when voters disagree, we are criticized and told how stupid we are. I remember reading in one of the papers, and I quote Selectman Tom Esslinger: “People don’t realize how hard our roads and our geography are on equipment,.”
Oh, really? We have equipment too — cars, vans and pickups. And we have to repair those.
Perhaps more potholes should have been filled this spring before shelves were built in the town garage. We who drive on these awful Acworth roads don’t need to be told we don’t understand. We understand very well and our repair bills constantly remind us.
And now the board is disregarding our vote and is determined to sign a lease to purchase an excavator.
And the board had the nerve to say they are doing this to save the town money.
I ask you, what part of “no” do they not understand and what is their definition of ” save money?”
We just paid our taxes — more than last year. So glad the town has our money so they can save it instead of us.
Two years ago we voted for one loader but that vote was ignored and we got another loader for more money (no savings here).
And, we bought it from a selectman by vote of the other two selectmen and not the town.
Now, we voted no on an excavator but the board members in their great wise and infinite dictatorial leadership are proceeding to buy one anyway at a cost of $90,000.
When I went to school (which was in Acworth by the way, but God forbid I play the native card) $90,000 was more than $62,000 and I knew what democracy was and what “no” meant.
What does democracy mean to you? “We the People” need to speak up and speak out and speak loud enough to be heard. If we don’t, what rights will be taken from us next here in Acworth?
Happy 4th of July! Hope you paid your taxes. The board wants more and more money to save so they can buy more and more equipment after we vote “no.”