"No" still means "no"
To the Editor:
At the last selectmen's meeting, the recall ordinance was on the agenda.
Selectman Byron Ouellette stood up for the people who signed the petition to have the right to recall anyone who is not doing their job well or correctly.
It was Ouellette against the other four selectmen. He voiced several times how it was wrong not to do the wishes of the people and to simply do nothing. Arguments from those selectmen who strongly object to having such an ordinance were: 1. We already have a recall ordinance at the state level which we could us; 2. The people who signed the petition didn't know what they were signing; 3. This is only being pursued as a personal vendetta against me (Reggie Arsenault); 4. We do not need a recall ordinance because we work very well together.
This is not the issue. No one questions how well the selectmen work together. What we do question is they're not listening to the people or honoring the people's votes. "No" still means "no" and it just can't sink in their heads.
As far as I understood the recall law that is at the state level, it requires being convicted of a crime or doing something (like embezzling) this involves the board you are on. This is not what Mexico citizens want.
They want to feel they have some power to do away with officials who do not listen to the people. As a final result of Selectman Ouellette standing alone for over 30 minutes and arguing for the people, a vote was taken (3-2) to form a committee to write a recall ordinance! Thank you Selectman Ouellette.
This committee needs people, so if interested, go to town hall and sign up. At the next selectmen's meeting (Oct. 22), the selectmen will choose who they want on the committee. I'll be signing up but doubt very much I'll be chosen!
For a complete story of this meeting, watch Channel 7.