Letter: Charlestown council did its job correctly

Letter: Charlestown council did its job correctly

At its May meeting, the Charlestown Town Council appointed three of seven applicants to serve on the Charter Review Advisory Committee. Questions were raised during and after the meeting that challenged the selection of three when all seven were allowed.

The prevailing sentiment among those dissatisfied with the selection suggests that the most democratic outcome would result from appointment of all seven applicants. While that may be true, it is also incompatible with the design of our form of government.

The Founding Fathers took great pains to design a government to endure where an unfettered democracy would likely be doomed to failure. Rather than be guided by a poll of public opinion, citizens leave decision-making to elected representatives. Those elected are duty-bound to make decisions based on their judgment of what is in the best interests of the community they serve. Indeed, the case can be made that by substituting a poll of public opinion for their own judgment, elected officials would be abandoning their sworn duty.

It is in that capacity that town councils select applicants to serve on committees. The council appoints applicants whose values align with the values of those that got it elected. It would be hypocritical (and stupid) to do otherwise, and a dereliction of duty.

George Tremblay


The writer is a member of the Charlestown Town Council.


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