Letter: People should be able to ask questions

Published: 5/12/2022 10:36:55 AM

I attended the Peterborough Town Library event to meet the Planning Board and Budget Committee candidates. When I asked why we should vote for a particular candidate and what were their specifics, one of the moderators said all the candidates were not there and we could vote for every one of the candidates. He laughed, and several audience members laughed away the question. There were only three seats for four candidates for one office and two seats for three candidates for the other. 

Afterwards, I asked a candidate on workforce housing and told him in West Peterborough, apartments were built for moderate housing, not low-income. He lumped retirees into tenants there. He did not know about the mothers with young children, nor men far from retirement age who do not work or work part-time.  Yes, these people need housing, but are not part of the work force that needs housing to be able to work in Peterborough. 

It does little good to go to a candidates' meeting when we are not allowed to ask questions to find out why someone should be voted into office, find out what they do not know and being told it does not matter. A friend who was there told me afterwards that was a great question; I wish he had spoken up to get the dialog moving instead of being stifled.

Rigidity instead of necessary facts is not a way to operate our town government. We need workforce housing and have it done with clear heads and necessary knowledge. Living in middle-income status does not mean you understand how the underside of the citizens live, and if you want to make their lives and the town better, you need to have that knowledge.

Kath Allen



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