I'm not suggesting that the voting wasn't valid. I am saying that many are being driven by the chooses of the few.
Many are voting as directed with little or no insight into the facts. The budget did need to be cut and it was. Who's to say that the reductions done to-date are enough?
The "Chicken Little" people seem to know with certainty that the mill is going to close its doors. Without first-hand knowledge they are convinced that more budget reductions are required. Unfortunately the full impact from a majority of the cuts will not be felt for some time to come.
To declare that the outcome of the voting since June is truly reflective of what the 'citizens' expect is a huge stretch.
A small minority of the registered voters have decided to listen to an even smaller group of individuals that purport to "speak the truth." In reality the silent majority have taken themselves out of the equation.
Each voting cycle is so poorly attended it is unreasonable to say that the outcome is reflective of of anything other them voter apathy. Far too many are willing to vote as directed or not vote at all leaving you and others to claim that the outcome is reflective of the will of the entire citizenry.
In each instance when the ballot warrant is scheduled to be discussed and citizens are afforded an opportunity to ask questions or expect explanations practically no one attends. Apparently the majority doesn’t give a damn.
If those that do vote decide to follow the “Save Rumford” pied-pipers over the cliff like lemmings it means the rest are left to suffer the consequences.
Bottom-Line: We get the kind of government we deserve.
If everyone approached this obligation with knowledge and forethought the outcome would likely be much different. Because so many are complacent, the purveyors of untruth are allowed to apply their skills.
So don’t presume to speak for the citizens of Rumford in-total because, so far, they have not voted.
Carlo Puiia does not deserve to be vilified on his way out the door. Personal attacks are ill-advised and uncalled-for.
It does not surprise anyone that Carlo is not being treated with the respect he deserves. You may not have always agreed with his position on some things or his actions on others but nothing he did warrants him being insulted. You got what you wanted and clearly expressed on numerous occasions and with petitions.
Take your "winnings" and please leave quietly.
Speaking as one that often used the Prince of Funday & CAT service I am thrilled that this service is returning. It's a great trip and makes getting into Nova Scotia and beyond a lot easier.
I'm surprised that the man has a heart...
...let's also keep in mind that the petition that lead to the noted court action was originally presented with at least one forgery along with signatures from non-citizens.
Oh; and it included photocopies of signatures from earlier attempts to bring together a petition. Some would argue that all of this is indicative of an unsupported, if not unwelcomed, intrusion.
On its face alone it should have been calorically rejected out-of-hand.
The so-called "Will of the People" is not as some would have you think.
A look at the tally of the most recent voting would reveal that in each intense the voters approved spending for each budget item in the warrant.
Because of the disparity in the amounts chosen it could not be determined how much was to be spent. The “YES” votes out-numbered the “NO” votes conclusively. Unfortunately the charter requires that the votes FOR spending, regardless of the amount, must be greater than the vote against funding.
They have lost but continue to present the results as a VICTORY for their ill-conceived cause.
It is noteworthy that at least one of the plaintiffs in the costly legal action is NOT EVEN a taxpayer in that they neither own property in Rumford nor do they register a vehicle therefor paying excise tax.
Let’s not overlook the fact that each of the actions taken by these elitist citizens is costing all of us precious tax revenues; repeated balloting and now a court action.
They would have you think that they are acting on our behalf.
It’s time to show them that we are perfectly capable of making decisions on our own once we learn “...the rest of the story.” The truth will carry the day!
I don’t know what the citizens of Rumford would do if there wasn’t someone to teach us, the “Great Unwashed,” a Civics Lesson! It must be a very heavy burden to be always right in your opinion while surrounded by so many idiots.
The biggest problem in Rumford is not the Select Board, the Finance Committee, nor is it the Manager; quite simply it's voter apathy. Our compliancy and the lack of TRUTH is embarrassment.
The majority of the illegible voters have chosen to be ‘guided’ by a small number of individuals determined to prove themselves to be the only ones intelligent enough to know what best. This is done by either not voting or only voted as you were instructed.
We are not ALL wrong but far too many of us are willing to let others speak for us. We have abdicated our power and it has driven us to the miserable situation we are in at the present.
Take a look at how few attend key meetings to hear the facts and opinions related to the fate of our town. Our budget is no minor matter and this haggling is costing us valuable time and money. Each election comes at a cost we all must sustain.
Some relevant facts:
• The 2013 budget workshops and relevant budget meetings were sparsely attended except by those that have little to do but criticize and belittle the people that voluntarily give of their time and energy to help our town. Very few ‘average citizens’ bother to take time to attend and contribute.
• The 2013 annual town meeting was a joke. None of the budget items were discussed before we were driven to waste time on menial issues and ended with a premature adjournment. No one cared. More importantly, a few didn’t want to discuss these important articles because it could mean facts would stand in the way of their perception of the truth.
• Many were convinced that the way to go was to reject all appropriations with very little insight, if any, as to the consequences. This can be attributed to the wealth of misinformation and half-truths that flowed like the Androscoggin River before the first balloting.
• Very few bothered to attend or participate in meetings that followed to try and learn all they could about what possible actions needed to be taken. To be sure, the naysayers were present and they were heard loud and clear; to the point of nausea. Far too few of the general town populace were in attendance. This meant that if they endeavored to learn more it would come from those with covert agendas.
Let’s turn now to the most recent balloting:
Once again, the non-voting majorities are being driven by the active and vocal minorities that still believe that they are the only people that have the necessary mental power to address the problems at hand.
Never let the truth to stand in the way of a good story or a view that supports a personal opinion. No one to date has provided the facts and figures necessary to support a claim that the proposed budget(s) will unavoidably lead to a tax increase; NO ONE!
The simplistic answer still seems to be that we must continue to “Just Say No” in order to truly resolve this dilemma. However, at some point, we must resolve these issues. EVERYONE is responsible for solving this and the answer is in the truth and not in the prevarications we’ve been bombarded with over the resent months.
If we are to continue down this road we need to learn all that we can about what’s being asked by our town officials and what is the truly the most appropriate answer.
So; anyone that does not agree with you is death, dumb, and blind...
Always being among those few that are forever right in your thinking must be a terrible burden to bear. Where would be all be if it weren't for your ability to set us straight?
Name-calling is always a great way to get your point across.
The amount of money sort by BMM pales in comparison to the impact that will come from closing this facility. Those that pushed the “Just Say No” concept failed to tell people that the Rumford Charter does not allow for a reconsideration like it does for department budgets.
Not once did they say that a ‘NO’ vote would effectively kill any initiated article until the 2014 budget cycle. For some, as yet unexplained reason, that little tid-bit escaped their whoopla. One has to wonder why. Clearly they knew of this situation.
Now we are left with the closing of BMM and the real potential that GRCC will suffer the same fate. All because a select few convinced the many that their way was best; in their view anyway.
I doubt that any of us, the great unwashed, have the insight necessary to truly assess the fiscal needs of either of these entities. However, that doesn’t seem to deter any number of self-appointed ‘experts’ from coming forward, after the fact, and jumping to conclusions about what should have been done.
The results speak for themselves...