Wells responds to Cookston
Last week, Karen Cookston confused negativity with constructive criticism and addressing institutional failure. Here’s an example. When the police chief took a financial interest in the village’s water construction project, the mayor should have stopped it. He didn’t and village elected officials stood silent. Thus it was up to others to right that obvious wrong.
Sometimes it’s individuals standing up for what’s right through Letters to the Editor. Other times it’s editorials in The Beacon reminding our officials about their responsibilities or presenting alternatives to their plans. In the case of the police chief, county and state officials quickly agreed that it was wrong. That could have cost us our federal grant. It’s not about positive or negative, but what’s right or wrong.
I’m thankful that some us have stepped forward to serve as elected or appointed officials. We need more volunteers. But that doesn’t give these officials a free pass. They have a duty to faithfully and fairly execute their responsibilities. And when they don’t, we should expect someone to call them on it. Unfortunately, there is a history at all levels of government of some officials abusing our trust or ignoring the misdeeds or incompetence of their fellow officials in the interest of getting along.
Charlie and I believe you deserve good government and have set high standards for our officials, including ourselves if we are elected Tuesday.
The Beacon’s commitment to improving our lake communities and recognizing our achievements is well documented and obvious to any fair observer.
Peggy Wells Buckeye Lake