Hoping to become more familiar with the town and its citizens, we have tried to join in as much as time allows. I attended my first city council meeting and was aghast at the animosity, the blatant hostility and rudeness exhibited there.
My husband and I both attended the next meeting and it was even worse. The “we” versus “them” attitude exhibited by some was appalling, especially since we assumed everyone would be concerned with what is best for Bayside and instead of holding onto grudges, pointing fingers and placing blame.
We hav become aware of a newsletter that seems to be published by a group of concerned citizens, but apparently, it is not widely distributed. The letter was being critical of the present council and misrepresenting some of the things said at the first meeting I attended and did not offer any positive suggestions or solutions to the concerns addressed in the publication.
As new members of the community, we know that we are not aware of the history of the interaction between the previous town leaders and the current town governing body. However, the past does not concern us as much as the future of our little home town.
In such a small place, it seems that we should make every effort to see that all citizens are taken into consideration and that we show everyone respect and politeness. Old grudges get us nowhere and cause disruption and ill feelings, when what should really be of concern, is seeing that our town moves forward in making it a pleasant and well-run place of which we can all be proud.
If we can put aside our differences and realize that our responsibilities lie in making this a better place in which to reside, we will be much more productive at meetings and in general.
Instead of creating a climate of distrust, hatefulness and spite, we should be inclusive, considerate and helpful. Adults should not lower themselves to dirty looks, snide remarks, rude or accusatory tones, rage or any other form of disruption at public meetings.
We know for a fact that there are many generous, good and kind people in this community. Granted, we have different perspectives and ideas about how things should be run, but that does not mean it is impossible to work together for the greater good.
New ideas and debate are good things, so all should put aside their grievances, listen and try to work for positive solutions that are beneficial to Bayside as a whole.
Let me close by thanking all of you who have made us feel so welcome in our new home. We hope to meet and get to know all of you in the future.
Let us try to be a tolerant community of individuals who will continue to attract new citizens, helping to build a better future for all of us.
As newcomers, we will learn from all Baysiders what has worked in the past and what suggestions they may have for the future, as well as looking to them for assistance in adjusting to a new home and feeling welcome here.