Yes on Question 1

Published: 10/15/2021 2:45:34 PM

In Greenfield, we vote for city councilors to represent us, in each precinct and at-large. We put faith in our elected councilors that they will advocate for positions we support and they will vote accordingly. If we are not satisfied with our counselors, we have the right and responsibility to vote for replacements. This is how democracy works in our City government.

City councilors often work tirelessly for the good of the City of Greenfield and for us. These are our neighbors. There are times, however, when the City Council make decisions that conflict with the will of the majority. Through the referendum process, we can suspend government action and request that the issue be decided by the voters. We have this right and responsibility in order to ensure that our government is responsive to the majority of our citizens.

The current debate is not about whether we, as citizens, have a right to petition and suspend decisions. The debate is not about whether we have a right to a referendum. We do. The debate is whether a small minority has the right to torpedo the will of the majority.

I am not suggesting that the minority voice not be heard. All voices are important. Dissent is important. The challenge is to determine what percentage or number of citizens should have the power of the citizen referendum. This is about fairness to the majority in our community.

Do not let a small minority become a shadow government. 7% of registered voters is a fair number to ensure that this does not happen.

Please vote Yes on Question 1 on Nov. 2.

Linda Singer

Greenfield


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