Force them to address realities facing our town
To the Editor:
My husband and I attended a meeting at Rumford Town Hall last week that was supported to include a public discussion regarding the town warrant.
It started well, with folks being able to voice their opinions of the warrant to be presented to the voters. The came the chorus of those who are involved in one or another government entity.
There was a gentleman giving the town kudos for their help with Western Maine Transportation, followed by the Chief of Police defending his budget. Both were brief and to the point.
However, when Selectwoman Jolene Lovejoy began her monologue about the perils of parts of Rumford after dark, we left. We've heard it all before, repeatedly. No one in attendance was there to hear her go on and on -- her self-importance is truly astounding.
She chewed up time that would have been better used by the citizens during the time allotted.
The Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen and town manager show far more interest in protecting town employees than helped the taxpayers who bear the burden of paying their wages. The town manager has become like a kindergarten aide, trying to keep the children happy and safe rather than doing the unhappy jobs required for the good of our town.
We will vote "no" on every article and urge you to do so as well. It's the only way to get the attention of the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee, and force them to address the realities facing our town now.
Dick and Diana Pratt,