BLACK EYE ON EGREMONT
Monday April 2, 2013
We are now at the rallying point. We had a lot of people out last night to witness the tragedy that happened at Egremont town hall. I want to thank all of you who could make it out, as this told the BoS that we are keeping an eye on them; albeit a black eye. Not that they care. Could the Board of Selectmen have told you any more clearly that they do not care what you the people think? The hubris in this administration is astounding. The disregard toward the people they serve never ceases to amaze me. When are we going to put these people in their place?
Charlie Flynn started out in is usual modus operandi, going into a bullying rage and verbally attacking my attorney. If you thought I was exaggerating about Charlie’s tirades you were a witness to just a hint of Charlie’s temper before the Town counsel reeled him in. It seemed that Charlie had Hans and Franz, the two new police officers, waiting at the door to haul Richard out until he figured out that he was my attorney. Then the discussion turned to who was paying for Richard’s services. I guess with what happened with trying to oust Chief Bucknell they had to wonder if they were opening up the town to yet another law suit.
Then we were treated to a repartee of legal speak with the two attorneys’ going at it. This went on for several minutes until the town’s attorney was reduced to monosyllablism. Apparently the youngster realized that he was way out of his league. All this was to no avail because the fix was in. Mary was so confident in the outcome she didn’t even bother to vote. She used the excuse that she had to recuse herself because she was a party. Does anyone really believe that conflict of interest matters to Mary?
Charlie actually tried to take credit for solving the water company billing problem and if you believe him then it only took him 15 years to solve it. Great job Charlie! I guess we would have to elect you for five more terms to solve the next problem. After Charlie made this ridiculous claim a voice from the crowd challenged his absurd notion. Well Charlie, I guess you can’t fool some of the people even some of the time. If you really knew that this was the problem then why did you allow the taxpayers to get robbed for so long? If you are going to take credit for someone else’s work Charlie, at least make it believable. Please don’t insult the intelligence of your friends and neighbors.
I won’t go into the merits of the case because frankly there were no merits; so let’s just get to the vote. Much to the disgust of the crowd Charlie called for vote long before anyone thought he made his case. There were boo’s, hisses and shouts of railroading. I too thought the merits were weak at best. The claim was that my comments opened the town to a lawsuit. If the BoS was so worried about a law suit then they would not have set up this kangaroo court. And they certainly would never have allowed the Chief to be deposed by these newly hired cops. I would have thought that Richard Allen telling them I could have grounds to sue the town would give them pause. No, this BoS is not worried about any law suit; The taxpayer can afford to pay for their indiscretions.
Michael Banzierz seemed eager to vote me off as he felt that my words reflected poorly on him. At least that was his rational. I think when he saw Charlie tear into me, at a past Finance Committee meeting, for over 30 minutes, he was traumatized. Charlie does have that effect on people. Perhaps that’s why so many people melt in his wrath. It was a tough vote for Tom Gage. It seemed to really burden him. However, in the end he too voted to remove. Mary, as I said, recused herself and in all fairness she would probably have been asked to do so anyway. Jon Beattie voted an emphatic NO. I guess he was the only one on the panel who understood that it was a free speech issue. Although he did not care for the content of my speech he respected my right to speak freely. Charlie, the accuser, jury and judge of this fiasco was quick to vote for removal, no surprise. Then the crowd went wild.
I went into this “hearing” thinking that I have a 50/50 shot of getting kicked off of the committee. I wanted to have it public so the people could see what type of government they are subject to. Now there can be little doubt that this Board of Selectmen will destroy anyone or anything to exercise their will; rather than the will of the citizens as expressed at the annual town meeting. This of course is my not so humble opinion, yours may differ from mine and that is ok; but don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot express it. Is there any doubt that we all need to get out to the next annual town meeting?