Town Meeting voices are heard
Well, the local elections are now over, and all we have to look forward to is the bloodbath between national Republicans and Democrats that will lead, finally, to the November election of …
Well, we really don’t know yet, do we?
Before then, there is a town meeting in Lyndeborough (Saturday, March 12), where folks can join in what might be an interesting discussion on, of all things, the town … whistle? It’s a bit more than a whistle, actually; it’s a loud horn that used to sound whenever there was a fire or other emergency in town.
A citizens petition asks that the town "reactivate the town emergency siren," and it was signed by the required 25 residents, so it is on the town warrant and will be discussed at Town Meeting.
Our story two weeks ago did not say exactly why the residents think the siren might be of service, but did say that supporters of the idea want it "because it’s been there forever" and is part of the town’s history.
Some folks don’t want it reactivated – specifically, folks who live near Citizens’ Hall, which houses the signal, because they say it bothers their babies.
We don’t have strong feelings about which way the vote goes, but do find it interesting that the issue will be discussed in the old way: at Town Meeting, rather than simply slapped onto the town warrant and voted on at the polls
Lyndeborough keeps its history alive by asking residents to come out on a Saturday morning and afternoon to discuss, sometimes argue and always to make final determinations in a public vote. Sometimes it’s a voice vote, sometimes a show of hands and, sometimes by request, in a secret ballot. Whatever the issue, the decisions are made then and there by people who take the time to attend and hear both sides of a debate.
And believe us, there will be far more residents at a Lyndeborough Town Meeting than there were at most deliberative sessions, and for good reason: At the former, decisions are made (and a lot of homemade baked goods consumed); at the latter? Not all that much, usually.
Well, we urge residents to get to Town Meeting on Saturday (bring those baked goods) and hear the discussion/debate/ argument about the whistle and several other issues of importance. Regardless of your point of view on any of them, if you want to be heard, you will be heard.
And the coffee is always pretty good.