Making changes in Granby not as easy as it sounds
March 5, 2008
To the Editor:
First, I want to state that this is strictly my opinion and feelings only.
My husband, Charlie LaBrake, is on the Granby Town Board. He is fulfilling Joe Cross’ term, which ends this next month. And, yes, he is running to retain his seat on the board in the upcoming election.
People are always saying, “Things need to change.” That’s all fine and wonderful, but through Charlie, I have learned that it takes a lot of work to change even the smallest thing when it involves any form of government.
There have been a lot of letters in the newspaper lately from different people and the one thing I have noticed is how these people seem to clump (for lack of a better word) the mayor and the board together as one. Before you assume every member of the board has voted with the mayor, you need to attend a town meeting and listen to each board member’s vote.
Personally, I feel that our mayor’s issue with the tattoo shop is archaic. People from all walks of life and income levels are getting tattoos these days. It’s not just motorcyclists getting them. And it’s not like there are prostitutes hanging out in front of the tattoo shop. And I haven’t heard of anyone dying to rent that particular spot for another type of business.
I know this is hard for some of you to believe, but there was a time here in Granby that you could actually spend an afternoon shopping ” in Granby. We lost that. I don’t know how and I don’t know how to get it back, either.
I keep thinking our money would be better spent with some kind of incentive program. Offer people, say $500, to bring a business to Granby, offer to waive the licensing fee, or pay for a month of advertising. Whatever can be done to make it more appealing. Above all, don’t discourage any existing business.
I’m sure there are all sorts of rules and regulations against my incentive idea, but haven’t we ruled and regulated ourselves to the point of almost being extinct as a town?
Being on the town board is a lot of work and it’s time consuming, not to mention frustrating, and I applaud everyone who is on the board or wants to be on the board.
Charlie may not always be politically correct, but his heart is in the right place and he questions every dollar the town spends, which is often like beating his head against the wall.
He has almost finished Joe Cross’ term. He has learned a lot in a short time and knows there is still so much more to be learned. He gives the board the diversity it needs. Remember that when you vote.