Under the guise of requesting information, trying to understand oblique/minute issues and â€˜innocentâ€™ curiosity, there is a group in this town that has adapted political rules and the cultural expectation of political correctness as a strategy to paralyze our governing bodies.
Freedom of Information has become a legal cudgel by which boards must now second-guess their every consideration. Attorney-Client privilege apparently does not apply if one is paid by or supervises the spending of public dollars. If one is a public servant, paid or otherwise, there is almost no guarantee of privacy.
Tell me again, why is it so hard to find good people to run for office?
Then there are the participants of this group in town who have neither shame nor anything that even remotely resembles social acumen. They attend board and commission meetings and, by their behavior, bring the publicâ€™s business to a grinding halt. They interrupt, accuse and berate as a method of hog-tying those we have elected to shepherd the business of our town. For some time now, they have focused on the Board of Education, but now seem to be branching out. The Planning and Zoning Chair, Gail Dickinson, bore the brunt of an onslaught from this group just this last week. Our sympathies to those who, in the name of Woodstock, are trying diligently to make a difference (even if not all of us agree on the specific issues). Read the rest of this entry »