To the Adirondack Journal:
It is clear from postings in the Journal and from private conversations between Thurman residents that the mood in this town is one of anger and frustration. Those two emotions do not mix well.
But it is not too late to turn things around, and I urge the town administration to take steps in that direction.
Here is what I suggest: the Town Board should schedule two public forums. At the first, town residents will speak of their concerns, their grievances, and their sadness about what has been lost, and state their priorities. At this meeting, the town supervisor and board members will merely listen and take notes.
At the second meeting, the board will address those issues and present possible solutions. That will be followed by a healthy dialogue — a problem-solving dialogue free of innuendos, charges, or personal attacks.
In the meantime, I urge residents to fight off their frustration and attend the next town board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12. We need to send the message that we are watching, and will take steps to get back our town. Let’s fill the town hall like we did in years past. Alternatively, we might change the official town slogan to: “Thurman: Where nature is a way of life, and a neon sign lists town events.”
Irv West, Thurman