To the editor:
It is inappropriate to insult and accuse neighbors with sarcastic remarks and innuendo from a podium or dais. What about nasty and accusatory letters to the Editor of our local newspaper? What about no-so-funny ‘political’ cartoons? What about ugly and acrid posts on a competing blog? Rumors and accusations and faulty assessments of another’s motives and integrity are hurtful and divisive no matter where they are posted.
It’s unfortunate that a few residents choose to engage in this kind of dialogue. It’s particularly hypocritical when those same residents have been spewing personal attacks, mean-spirited cartoons and ugly letters for years. For elected officials to join in such dialogue at a public meeting is to use the dais as a bully pulpit. That, my friends, is an abuse of power.
I was dismayed watching the Mayor and Trustees Brennan and Konig use the time allocated for citizen’s comments to lecture and lobby their own personal opinions. Officials should be held to a higher standard of conduct than even regular citizens. Our board clearly blew it at the last few village board meetings and in doing so demean themselves and a few of our neighbors. They took unfair advantage of a captive audience and their angry and reactive public tirades and displays of bad temper toward Crotonblog and those individuals were not only in poor taste but far more damaging and divisive than any comment ever posted on either blog.
— Georgianna Grant