The Holocaust really happened. (It’s a societal fact). Two and two are four. (It’s a mathematical fact). If you take in 100 and spend 200, you will go broke (It’s a financial fact – although a bad example, as our towns, cities, states, and Congress ignore this all day long).
If a school teacher were elected to serve as a selectboard member, and were to bring homework to selectboard meetings to correct during the meetings, the selectboard would say (hopefully): “Please leave your day job at home when attending and participating in selectboard meetings.”
Serving on the selectboard is a privilege meant to represent the best interest and collective greater good of the taxpayers, not an opportunity to practice your day job.
Continuing to pursue and demonize the federally sanctioned and protected railroad through the federally created halls of justice long after they have been deemed innocent of wrongdoing or detrimental behavior via the legal court system, is denial of the facts, continued foolishness, financial suicide, and reckless jurisprudence at best.
It is ironic that two individuals, Mr. and Mrs. Chairman, who practice law, refuse to accept a legal ruling and conclusion by our court system, the system by which they make their livelihood.
It is painfully apparent that our selectboard chair and Mrs. Chairman are bent on satisfying their vehement personal hatred for, malice towards, and revenge on those that oppose their own personal beliefs and opinions, regardless of the facts, the truth, the cost to the town, or the greater good.
My feelings are that the chairman should step away, better yet step aside or step down and let the selectboard function as an arm of the town rather than a vehicle for personal gratification. This would let the town breathe again.
It is my suggestion that the chair and his followers pursue this quest on their own dime and time. Perhaps start with scrutinizing the eight Vermont Agency of Transportation district locations and/or the town of Charlotte’s salt/sand management methods and practices. This may provide a comparative picture as to the functionality of the new pristine and comprehensively managed railroad salt shed facility off Route 7 adjacent to the Laplatte River versus other storage facilities.
Why not have a town vote. All in favor of continuing to pursue this matter with a higher court, vote yes; all those opposed, vote no. Should the yes votes win, “they” pay the legal fees from this point on. If the no vote wins, we stop the bleeding and the chair of the selectboard steps down.
In my opinion. What say you?
Tim Dudley lives in Shelburne.