Granby Town Board and mayor don’t deserve all this criticism |

Granby Town Board and mayor don’t deserve all this criticism

To the Editor:

Cabin fever. March madness. Everybody pile on the Granby Town Board and mayor.

First, the former editor Patrick Brower.

I guess that not having an editorial page to write every week, he had so many words to get out of his system that he just spewed them out to the tune of probably 800 words, not the supposed limit for “letters” of 400 (maybe former editors don’t count).

Repeating the same thing over and over as Pat did in his letter of Feb. 14, he probably used 200 words comparing pawn shops and tattoo parlors to used auto, used clothes, real estate timeshares, banks and interest rates, liquor stores and bars.

The passage of any ordinance affecting the above was so far from an accomplished fact that it isn’t even close, and the mayor has but one vote.

No one, including Mayor Wang or anyone else, has ever accused me of docile servility as he (Patrick) said the board was. I have served with 24 other board members and mayors ” none were in my opinion “docile,” but all had the interest of the town of Granby and not themselves or they would not have put in the many hours we all do for the good of the community.

Pat, you seem to have an interest in politics. Why didn’t you run for commissioner? You are eligible for that.

One big issue the present and past editor seem to have is $50,000 for five years for the library out of the downtown enhancement fund, or $250,000 of the $600,000.

First of all, that so called $9 million over 20 years ” maybe 30 or 40 years, if ever.

With the economy as it is today, the developers are even now looking for new money to pay their bills, let alone new projects.

Since a substantial part of the $6.2 million debt must be for the library in Grand Lake, how much is Grand Lake being asked for?

Mention is made in the editorial of the thousands of people a month that come to the library. Newspapers are supposed to give us the facts. The term thousands makes the imagination wild. Could it be as many as go to a Bronco game? I don’t think so ” maybe two, three or four thousand. But I am sure the real figures were available, but not as dramatic as thousands.

In the interview of candidates for mayor and board, each candidate was asked “how should the downtown enhancement fund be spent?” No one answered, “the library.”

Next week, the voters of Granby will vote for mayor and four board members.

At least several will be new faces at the board table, maybe more.

I will sit down with these new and old faces with one thing in mind.

What can we do to make Granby a better place to live and work for everybody?

Time to sign off. Maybe I am already over my 400 words.

Ed Raffety


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