Letter: Serving Greenfield
Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” It has been my great privilege to spend a life in service to our community, state and nation. Over the last 20 years, I have learned the values of hard work, integrity, patience, humility and tolerance. I, myself, have been supported by a community filled with volunteers. I am deeply grateful for the lifetime of opportunities afforded to me and I continue to feel it is my duty to give back to others.
I am especially grateful to Chairman Roxanne Wedegartner and Mayor William Martin for reaching out to me and offering an opportunity to continue to serve Greenfield on the Planning Board. I know from my previous service that the Planning Board plays a vital role in engineering and improving our neighborhoods and community centers. I would also like to thank the many people who expressed their disappointment with the Town Council’s decision. While I respect the decision of the Town Council, I hope it will find a way to move past the current impasse. The mayor must be allowed to fill this important board with qualified nominees. The prolonged absence of three members of this board is not economically sustainable.
As for me, I will continue to serve. I will work with nonprofits, fraternities and, should I be fortunate enough to be afforded another chance, for our local government. I ask those who were disappointed with the process related to my failed appointment not to use it as an excuse to complain, but as an opportunity for themselves to step forward and serve. Greenfield still has vacancies on many boards and commissions. It takes volunteers to change the tone and tenor of how our government works.