I watched video of a variety of speakers at the February 5, Village Trustee meeting and I am saddened and alarmed at how similar in campaign and policy styles our local Republican Party is to the national Republican Party. What I saw was the selection of a single, emotionally charged issue, being sold to the public through fear of not acting quickly and forcefully, with scurrilous charges against their opponents, such as “on the take,” and the course of action that has to be used quickly is the high risk, all or nothing approach with no clear statement of a fall back position if we lose, or a financing plan to deal with appeals if we win.
I like being risk averse and judicious. I believe we witness headlines daily of what happens when actions aren’t thought through to their conclusions with long term planning for both best case and worst case scenarios. Nobody likes having this transfer station in our backyard. I guess it will be in someone’s.
But I like the idea of trying to negotiate an agreement with clear, verifiable environmental standards; with provisions of termination if those standards are violated. I thought that was the way Metro Enviro was closed. And we always have that last “let’s go to war” option available if all else fails. In addition, I, for one, would like to hear discussions of other ideas and initiatives that could benefit or adversely affect our community.
— Gary Shaw