Support for a recall ordinance in Peru
To the Editor:
As voters in the Town of Peru, we have the final say at the polls about the laws and rules that govern us.
We expect the officials we elect to carry out the laws and rules we approve. We don't expect them to act against the best interests of the town as a whole. If we find that an elected official has changed or not honored what we have approved, or acts in a way that is not in the best interest of the town, then we can choose to "unseat" that official before his or her term is over.
A recall ordinance would provide a way to remove a town official whose behavior, while not necessarily illegal, is unethical. No one could be removed from office without good reason. Without an established recall procedure, there is no way to fire a municipal officer before his or her term expires. Because we do not have a charter, we must abide by individual ordinances created and ratified by the voters.
If we, as voters, elect an official, but lose faith in that elected official's ability to represent and lead the town, and feel strongly enough about it, we should be able to overturn the vote originally made at the polls. You will find that this ordinance uses common sense and focuses on what is considered common courtesies.
A selectman's job isn't an easy job, but if a Selectman treats people right, shows respect and compassion, is responsive, listens, and follow the rules themselves, the job could be a lot easier for them. There is nothing wrong with questioning our elected officials. We should. Everyone should.
Tammy J. Ferland,