But time is up. The lack of respect displayed at recent meetings is an embarrassment. Some councilors pointed fingers at members of the public, accusing residents of false statements and attacks.
Fairbanks reviewed all comments from the public and found them to be “questions, opinions, suggestions and requests.” No foul there.
The same can’t be said for some members of the council. It would be fueling a fire that needs damping to call out individuals here.
Every councilor is there to look out for the residents of the town, regardless of his or her district. Residents have a right to question, suggest, offer opinions as to what path the council might take.
Councilors themselves have different perspectives, experience, goals. They are who the voters chose to represent them.
A council that shares perspectives and opinions often is less effective than one more evenly divided. One doesn’t have to look far back in Derry history to see what happens when a lopsided board rules.
This new makeup is likely good for the town’s longterm health. But the manner in which some councilors are operating isn’t good for anyone’s health, even their own.
It’s unfortunate Fairbanks needs to speak publicly about the lack of respect shown in recent weeks, but he does and correctly did.
Councilors have interrupted, accused, scoffed and more. It’s time to stop.
If any member finds this criticism off base, they would be well served to review tapes of recent meetings. It’s a mirror image that should make them uncomfortable.
It’s way past time to listen, keep open minds and afford fellow councilors some basic R-E-S-P-E-C-T