Granby mayor’s response to letter was unprofessional
February 22, 2008
To the Editor:
Oh Mayor (Ted Wang), Me thinks you protest too much. I found your attack on Patrick Brower extremely unprofessional and totally uncalled for.
Granby has been my address for 29 years. I’ve known Pat since the day he came to town. Pat is one of us, a big part of our history. I would venture to guess that it’s because of all those years of him covering town board meetings that he truly knows EXACTLY how it works, which is why he felt compelled to once again alert the citizens of Granby.
Gratefully, he did continue to keep us informed. How else would we have known about another issue being back-doored upon us?
I work across the street from the pawn shop. I have never seen derelicts hanging from the light post. It’s been refreshing to see signs, lights and business taking place over there instead of an empty building as it often was. Whenever I go by the tattoo shop, I observe the same thing … nothing detrimental there.
For those who prefer the hoity-toity glitz image, maybe Aspen or Vail would better suit you. I would even help you pack up and move. I have a little time this Saturday, would that work for you?
“Constituents.” I love that word and often use it, as in: WE are the constituents. Aren’t they supposed to be representing, US? Aren’t they charged with a duty to represent the constituents? I’ve seen very little that represents me. Never has a council person asked my opinion.
Anyone who knows me also knows that I rarely need to be asked, I freely give opinions to whomever will listen. The times I have brought up concerns to council persons, I HAVE been met with surly sneers. I’m not intimidated by them, but I am thoroughly disgusted by it.
I agree with every letter to the editor regarding the pawn shop/tattoo parlor fracas.
The editorial in the Feb. 15 daily paper was very eloquently written. (“Slippery slope”… that’s delicious. I’d have used the word ‘criminal.’) I too consider it a kick in the teeth, an insult to all of us … “city limit” dwellers or not. (Am I the only one who is sick and tired of that being smeared in the noses of everyone outside the city limits?)
However, in my mind, the biggest implication is FREEDOMS, or rather the lack of and erosion of freedoms we see on a daily basis. I see faces and hear the voices of many people in my life. My father-in-law who fought four years in the South Pacific, an uncle who was in the Normandy Beach invasion, my nephew who is currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. And Mr. Hill (the finest high school teacher you’ll ever find) who was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese bombed it. Daily he drilled into us not to be sheep, never just follow the crowd. “THINK. THINK. THINK for yourselves.”
My children were raised on the same principles, to never take their freedoms for granted, never forget the sacrifices of the ones who came before and preserved our democracy. We must always do our part to assure those efforts had not been in vain. We must continue the concept of government BY the people, FOR the people. If something doesn’t appear or feel right, then it’s not right and it’s their job to do something about it.
I have three exquisite grandbabies. The horror for me would be if someday they should come to me wondering why they weren’t afforded the same freedoms their elders had. I never want to have to look at them, head hung in shame and say, “Because your Nana did not speak out, she did not have the courage to stand by her convictions.”
For those who are still afflicted with the scourge of APATHY, a little timely food for thought borrowed from John Donne/Ernest Hemingway. “… never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. “