My Turn: Doing the right thing

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Published: 10/18/2021 12:28:37 PM

Taking the easy route is not always the right route. The old saying of “pay me now or pay me later” applies to Question 1 on the November ballot.

For example: A carpenter, mechanic, manager or ourselves, sometimes take the easy route to a solution — I’m sure this has happened to you, at least once in your lifetime — only to return to fix that something later, at an additional cost, that if they did it the right way in the first place, would have prevented additional often times costly expenses.

Sooooo on Question 1 on the ballot, should the number be 300 or 900? (I personally wanted the number to be 1,200).

Let’s take a scenario of 300. A person/team could go to Foster’s, Big Y or Stop and Shop and get 300 signatures in a day. They present their petition to the council and then the council has to follow a procedure that ties up whatever the item was, for a lengthy period of time. Let’s take it a step farther, every proposal or almost every proposal or even many proposals that come up, a petition is presented, and thus handcuffing the council from doing anything productive and getting things done because of this petition.

(The library is a perfect example of the council being handcuffed and almost losing out on over $9,000,000 from the state).

If the number is 900 then the individual/team would have to work a little harder to get their petition to the council. If that individual/team believes in their objective, fine, let that individual/team work for their belief.

By allowing the 300 number, it gives anyone, anytime, to file a grievance with the minimum amount of effort and energy to handcuff our council/town to get stuff done.(NIMBY, not in my back yard, for example).

Which begs another question. Why would anyone want to be on the City Council if they are handcuffed at every turn or constantly presented with roadblocks and obstacles? The City Council are people you elected to get “stuff” done to help and improve our city. To acquiesce to the easy route would make the adage of “pay me now or pay me later” a very true statement.

I ask you to, “do the right thing” and support Question 1 on the ballot and let those who want to petition the council earn/work for their beliefs.

Ira S. Mitchel is a 50-year resident of Greenfield and a retired businessman.

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