LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Resigning Because You Don't Get Your Way is Not Leadership
It is the job of the Selectman to lead not only by vote but by example as well. Resigning because he did not "get his way" demonstrates anything but leadership.
I was disappointed to read about the recent resignation of Selectman David Van Dam as liaison to the Recreation Committee.
It is the job of the Selectman to lead not only by vote but by example as well. Resigning because he did not "get his way" demonstrates anything but leadership. In fact it is akin to the child who refuses to play in a game unless they are granted the position of their choice.
I was even more disappointed to learn that Selectman Van Dam has not been present for a number of recent Recreation Commission meetings. What message does that send to those who serve on the Commission? That their time and votes do not count unless they coincide with Selectman Van Dam's point of view?
These are volunteers who give up their free time to serve this community in a positive way and cast their votes according to what they believe is the best decision for the town.
The town is best served by those who lead not those who quit. The nature of committee's and government in general is that votes are not usually unanimous and I would expect that those who run for office or chose to become involved do so with the understanding that they may not always get their way. I would also expect that they do so because they feel they have something positive to contribute- quiting is not a positive contribution.