To the Editor from Richard Ramil….
I’ve been a full-time resident for the past 3½ years and consider myself to be politically independent. I have my own opinion on each issue and never rely on party politics. That being said, last week’s letter titled “New resolution is essentially a gag order” was another of the rants I continue to read in the local papers, and hear in some of the council meetings I’ve attended.
It was clear to me that people were coached to speak up at these meetings to push forward pointed political views. These meetings seem to go on forever, with the same idea being reviewed over and over. So I see no problem limiting the time a person can use to share their opinions.
The person used words like “partisan vote,” “freedom of speech,” “muzzle” and “intimidation” to give her opinion. These words really apply to the last 50 years of Brigantine City government and not necessarily the last two years under a new and more responsive council. This person talks about taxes being raised by the current city government.
The right question to be asked and answered is:
Under which party’s leadership was the salary structure allowed to get so out of fiscal reality?
I’ve yet to hear an apology from the responsible political party for their governance in this area.
Lastly, I’m tired of hearing about the golf course and how things should not be changed.
Certain people on this island forget this golf course is owned by the taxpayers, not some special interest group.
City government’s responsibility is to do everything possible to insulate taxpayers from losses or unnecessary expenditures.
The current city council, with some exceptions, is being proactive investigating all avenues seeking a solution to this financial problem. As a taxpayer I’m hoping they are successful. I don’t play golf, but think it’s nice that this island offers this activity. It’s a shame the opposition can’t get behind these efforts, or offer real solutions to the Brigantine taxpayers.