Granby mayor was just doing his job to propose ordinance
March 7, 2008
To the Editor:
Finally, a day goes by without someone bashing the mayor (Ted Wang) in a letter to the editor. One common thread was that FREEDOMS were being taken away along with lots of flag waving and that FREEDOM was often capitalized for emphasis.
Shame on the mayor for bringing up the concerns of a few citizens. Oh yeah, that’s called the FIRST AMENDMENT in the BILL OF RIGHTS and is also called his job. If the mayor didn’t bring up their concerns, he would have caught it from those who talked with him. Sounds like a “someone’s going to complain no matter what I do” situation.
I applaud the mayor for having the sand to do his job despite what he undoubtedly knew might be a big backlash. Another complaint may be the mayor went about it the wrong way. If you want professional politicians for a town of 1,500 people, then pay them 60 grand rather than $10 a day he gets for being a concerned resident who also loves living here as much as you. But, I guarantee you a professional politician will not please all the people all the time, nor will someone else if they are elected on April 1.
Funny how sometimes people who claim they want their FREEDOMS or tolerance from others are often forgetful that those other people also have the same FREEDOMS. Let’s say the people who talked with the mayor have a religious objection. For example, the Jewish community believes that marking the skin is sacrilegious. Hitler knew this in WW II when he tattooed those in the camps to degrade them. Should they be denied their FIRST AMENDMENT rights in free speech and not have a voice in the community process? They’ll probably get voted down, but don’t blame the mayor or a trustee for bringing it up.
Tolerance works both ways, although you may still disagree on major issues. A shining example is two organizations right here on main street. The Pregnancy Resource Center is a Christian right-to-life organization and they are right next door to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the U.S. ” two organizations that could not be more polarized. Yet, you never hear of any friction between those two here in Granby. We could all learn a lesson from them.
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One recent letter doesn’t want the board to interfere in local businesses but then says they should provide incentives. I didn’t understand this concept. Give me some money but don’t ask any questions. I wonder if those who have objections to other citizens having a concern about what type of businesses the town should have, do you have any limits as to the type of businesses the town should allow?
If I wanted to open a big box store that would put most of the locally owned stores we currently have out of business, including yours, would you object to that? If I wanted to open a porno shop next to your business, would you have any objections? Do you have any limitations? You say the citizens in the town should decide. Aren’t the ones who talked with the mayor also citizens in the town?
EVERYONE is entitled to their FREEDOMS and opinion. They are AMERICANS with the same FIRST AMENDMENT rights and they wave the same flag.