op-Ed — Suggestion: Put town’s appeal in railway case to a vote

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.

7 Responses to "op-Ed — Suggestion: Put town’s appeal in railway case to a vote"

  1. Sharon Palady   January 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Kudos Mr. Dudley! In caption what a lot of taxpayers have wished for and spoken loudly.

    Mr And Mrs, unfortunately, have other hidden agendas they need to clear up before they leave office.

    I had a little hope when they temporarily filled the recent vacant in the SB! This Tuesday I lost all faith! If he’s planning on running and filling the position for a full term he’d better think twice. I feel folks in Shelburne don’t care for any more of this bull!

  2. bruce elmore   January 4, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I think that all of those shelburne voters who are opposed to this bleeding of tax money should organize and do whatever is necessary to keep jaime heins from being elected to the select board this march – time on the campaign trail is more important than money – we have lost civility in our town government…………..

  3. Sean Moran   January 4, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Firstly, Tim, I cried cause its all too true! Then I got to Mr and Mrs Chair and I howled- SO RIGHT ON- and so beautifully put.

  4. Lutz Kaelber   January 5, 2018 at 2:26 am

    It is a sad time that the Shelburne News gives voice to the haters of members of the Town Board. These haters, many of whom write as if being paid by RR for their supportive views of this company, had two of their own run in the last board election, and both lost. Apparently, they can’t live with this outcome of the democratic process, so they malign the Chair and other members, instead of addressing the issues at the heart of the debate: noise pollution and environmental dangers. That said, I think voting on a budget for such appeals is the right thing to do.

    • Sean Moran   January 5, 2018 at 8:35 am

      And one member YOU voted for- QUIT because of the incivility of the board, and yes, the town. But again, attend a meeting and watch the behavior of said chair to those who take the time to participate- not hide behind the anonymity of the computer.

      • Lutz Kaelber   January 5, 2018 at 8:25 pm

        No, he quit because of the incivility of the nagging critics (I need not mention names here) and attempts to bully him. And how do you know whom I voted for? Perhaps instead of spending hours to watch board meetings, one might want to study the impact of RR on the environment and public safety.

        • Sean Moran   January 7, 2018 at 9:05 am

          and did you go on the tour Mr Lutz? Or stay home in comfort of heat and bang away on you computer regurgitating the hate from the Select Board?


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