2018-05-03 / Letters to the Editor

All-or nothing vote an injustice to town

To the editor:

Having just returned from an out-of-state trip and reading The Jamestown Press’ April 5 account of the town council’s bond decision, I want to commend the council for placing the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

I believe the financial town meeting is inherently undemocratic, excluding the vast majority of voters who cannot — or choose not — to participate in this time-intrusive process. By placing the referendum on the November ballot, the council has voted for inclusion and democracy, and I applaud that decision.

However, I was appalled to read in the Press’ account that the council feels Jamestown voters do not have the mental capacity to express judgements on three totally separate and distinct bond proposals.

Rather than allow voters to express their opinion on each of the proposals, they will be offered only an all-or-nothing option. This is a disservice and an insult to voters.

Regardless of one’s position on these bond proposals, I hope that Jamestown voters will vote down the referendum to send a message that, no, we are not incapable of making intelligent decisions on the merits of three separate and unrelated bond proposals.

And no, we will not accept an all-or-nothing process that denies us an opportunity to register independent decisions on these proposals.

Fritz Attaway
Decatur Avenue

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