It seems that we have lost the ability to have disagreement in Heath without attributing nefarious motives to dedicated public servants. I had hoped that an AT&T blog would be a way to have a reasoned dialogue on the tower. Unfortunately, while there was some learning, the blog became a vehicle to attack the Select Board unfairly. The Select Board can not defend itself while there is ongoing litigation. Unfortunately, I felt it was necessary to remove the blog.
I have been attending Select Board meetings for over two years. I know how hard these folks work outside the Select Board meetings putting in their time to meet with engineers, electricians, plumbers, FRCOG members, attending several meetings both with town bodies and outside committees. They do this public service, which is sometimes thankless, for a love of Heath.
I am grateful to a Board that has a strong desire to do what is best for all the Heath community, are dedicated, and willing to sacrifice personal and family time on our behalf. I also know from my experience attending Select Board meetings how much thought and personal angst goes into decision making to do what’s right and best for the town.
Please be cognizant that there are two sides to every story and do not pre-judge and possibly libel our Board who is prevented, due to litigation, from speaking on their own behalf. From my personal experience our board members are dedicated, trustworthy, respectful of all Heathans, and I am grateful they are guiding us.
2/12/2022 02:23:12 pm
I too was disturbed by the content and tone of comments made orally and published in the Recorder that were not only misleading and factually in error but contained personal attacks on our elected members who work long and diligently on our behalf.
2/14/2022 07:10:39 pm
I too was distressed at all of the unfair accusations lobbed at three folks who are dedicated, honest and who work hard on our behalf.
2/15/2022 04:27:50 pm
I would like to express my gratitude to the Select Board for all of the time that they invest in researching, meeting, discussing and deciding on the issues which arise for our town.. The times that I have attended the Select Board meetings, I have been impressed with the respectful and thoughtful consideration of issues, including hearing the diverse views of Heath's various committees and Heath residents.
2/22/2022 03:07:09 pm
I am very grateful to our Select Board for their time and effort to keep our town in good shape. Judgemental, and misleading comments about our Select Board really reflect poorly on those who deliver them. Disagreement does not need to be like that. Working together is possible and sometimes better with different thoughts and points of view, as long as communication is reasoned and civil.
2/22/2022 07:22:45 pm
I agree totally with sentiment that Selectboard Members are under valued and under appreciated. There is a stipend, however. I once did the math when I was a member and figured my compensation came to about $1.50/hour! People do this job because they love the town and want to contribute. That does not mean that they are beyond critique or criticism but it does mean that they should be treated with respect and people should tone down the negative rhetoric. We all recognize that there are differing points of view on every topic. Some will agree and some will not. Personal attacks are NEVER acceptable. We live in a representative democracy where we get to choose our government. That comes with the responsibility of supporting those who choose to serve and are chosen by the voters. If you can't support those elected than disagree with respect and let your truthful views be known. It really is simple and does not have to be divisive.
2/23/2022 07:37:48 pm
Personal Comment: Being a Select Board member is a part time unpaid job with a lot of homework outside of meetings and with many folks grading that homework. Remember that this work is public service and keep in mind what Abe Lincoln said: ". . . you can't please all of the people all of the time."
3/2/2022 07:54:36 pm
I totally agree with the points of view already expressed on this blog regarding the Select Board. I find the hard work and dedication of our three board members to be impressive. There are very few people who are willing and able to commit so much of their time to giving thoughtful consideration to the issues affecting the residents of a town, and I truly believe these individuals have , the welfare and best interests of the residents of Heath at heart. They are willing to listen and are respectful to those with differing views. Therefore, we should be respectful and appreciative of them.
3/7/2022 05:40:52 pm
Excellent comments !
3/8/2022 08:23:16 am
Dear Select Board Members,
3/8/2022 12:47:44 pm
Dear Select Board,
3/8/2022 07:22:30 pm
I have great respect for all of the work that our current members of the Select Board do on behalf of the Town of Heath.
3/8/2022 07:26:35 pm
Many thanks to our Heath Select Board for their time, talents, and unwavering dedication to our town. All of their good work, in addition to how well our Board has handled difficult situations they have been presented with, have been noticed and much appreciated.
3/14/2022 08:50:18 am
I was about to write that I couldn't top Bill Latrelle's comments. But then I read the others, and was struck by the high level of all of them (no criticism of Bill intended). When I was in town government as chair of the Finance Committee years ago, I always felt that what we did was treated with respect even by townspeople who disagreed with us. Alas, that is no longer true. Perhaps it is a sign of the times: disagreement is always intense and personal these days. I would like for that not to be the case in our town.
3/14/2022 09:55:53 pm
I am grateful to the Select Board for the work they do for Heath and the careful consideration they apply to every decision. I feel lucky that we have such competent and caring people making decisions. I have not been following the ATT tower issue because I don’t have to. I trust our elected officials to make good decisions, and they have my support even if I would do things differently.
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