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Towns should better inform the public

To the Editor:

Although I own a vacation townhouse in Fraser, I would have attended either the Fraser or Winter Park meeting (about possibly merging the towns) had I known one was scheduled.

The comments from Jimmy Lahrman are troublesome. He seems to accept no blame or responsibility for the poor attendance. Perhaps he needs to admit that the part of the problem may be due to the current mechanism the town uses to communicate the importance of these issues.

If I were reporting the event, I would have challenged him on his comments. The fact that he was not surprised at the turnout suggests that he could have done something more proactive … but didn’t.

“I’m not that surprised at the turnout. But I don’t know what it means,” he said. “You could say people think it’s a bad idea, or they have faith in their leaders to make the decision for them. Or, there’s a lot of apathy. It’s too bad people aren’t more informed.”

So, here is our challenge: How do we better inform the community, and especially owners that are not full-time residents, that these very important issues will be discussed? Although I have to actively manage my e-mail to keep the shear volume within acceptable limits, I would consider subscribing to an on-line newspaper.

In addition, is there a Fraser or Winter Park Web site that I could scan periodically? I would like to be informed.

Rich McAdams


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