Granby voters should not vote for change just for the sake of change
April 1, 2008
To the Editor:
I only know Patrick Brower on a very casual basis but I’ve always had a professional respect for him. I do disagree with his latest letter to the editor.
Mr. Brower clearly seems to be advocating changes on the Granby Town Board including the mayor just for the sake of change. He is not supporting one incumbent.
The problem with this is making changes for change’s sake does not always produce beneficial change. Does Mr. Brower advocate voting for those whom I don’t know? I have not met any of the new candidates he supports with the exception of Ms. Pierro.
They have not been by to shake my hand, kiss my baby, or ask for my support as a downtown business owner.
One new candidate that he does not support, Mr. Arnold, has made the rounds. In the candidates’ statements in the local paper, everybody wanted “what’s best” for Granby and I was not able to attend the candidates’ forum at the Granby Library on March 27. So, how can I vote for those Mr. Brower supports?
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Mr. Brower also knows some people who are afraid of the current town board. I hate to be the one to inform Patrick, but this is going to be the case no matter who is on the board. Personally, I’ve found the board over the past few years to be very receptive, either collectively or individually.
I must point out they have not always agreed with my position. But, I’ve not had one hint of retribution from anyone on the board. In fact, I’ve found the opposite to be true.
Two years ago during the mayoral recall, I did not support that attempt. In return, some boycotted my store and someone wrote obscene graffiti on my back door. Even though I supported the mayor, he did not vote in my favor and of those who did not want the public sale of alcohol in a family atmosphere at the farmer’s market last year. In a 5 – 2 vote, the board voted they way they felt was best.
I can respect this decision without agreeing with it. The town still does business at my store, and by the way, at the businesses of those who supported the recall from what I see.
The board does make sure every ordinance or business variation is strictly adhered to without prejudice or favoritism. Isn’t this the way it’s suppose to be? Are some people advocating a “good ol’ boy” way of doing town business? I sometimes do business on a handshake but the town should not.
I hope the citizens of Granby vote for the people they believe will do the best job and not for change for the sake of change. Be careful of what you wish for, you may just get it.