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Cannot stand silent any longer

01/17/2008

To The Editor:

This letter is addressed to fellow Waitsfield residents,
 
Waitsfield voters will vote for two select board positions on March 4. Isn't it time for some other prominent patriotic citizens to step forward and offer to help lead our fine town into the 21st century? I hear so much grumblings about the way things are done in Waitsfield, but why is no one willing to step forward and help make some positive changes. Is it because of long wearisome meetings about dog bites and other mundane issues? We cannot stand silent any longer; it's our future at stake!

Waitsfield is at an enormous crossroads. The current administration wishes to saddle a town of 1,400 voters with a bond of $2 million to $13 million for water and sewage projects. How are we going to pay for this? Higher taxes? How many years will we be committed to paying off the bonds? Is it truly necessary? As a businessman with 13 employees in Waitsfield, I'm not convinced! There is already a fair amount of available commercial/office space; do we really need development? What/who are we trying to attract? Maybe all that's needed is a new water system to assist development in Irasville? Is the current select board promoting what is best for the community? In my opinion, they still have not adequately addressed the questions, controversy and issues surrounding the 2006 townwide reappraisal!  
 
There are two openings for select board. One is a three (3) year term currently occupied by Elwin Neill and the other is a two (2) year term currently occupied by Sal Spinosa. To be on the March ballot for one of these select board positions all you need to do is petition the Town Clerk with 14 signatures. The forms are available at the town office and they must be turned in on January 28.
 
Isn't it time to have some "new blood" at the leadership level in Waitsfield? I love this town/community and it has so much more potential. I know that there are many others who feel this way too! Please, calling all patriots, we need some new leaders to step up and do their patriotic duty!  
 
Nicholas Harmon

President & CEO

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