Letter: Questioning every vote?

To the Editors:

(The following letter to First Selectman Bill Brennan is reprinted here at the author’s request.)

My wife and I moved to Wilton in January 1971 and raised our sons here. They received an outstanding education which prepared them for college.

Wilton has changed over time from a rural, exurban, and now a suburban town. Through many changes there were two constant themes to describe Wilton:

1.) Citizens’ commitment to serve pro-bono on committees, commissions and task forces,

2.) Commitment to academic excellence.

Today we find ourselves in conflict over the Miller-Driscoll project; conflict, which questions the integrity of the process and those who served. No one questions the actual voting process. The result was a close vote. It was an honest vote. It was the democratic process in action; not easy, but the people spoke.

I am most concerned by the precedent of a revote. Does it mean every time a group decides it doesn’t like a result of a vote we will be forced to go through this process again?

The Miller-Driscoll project had the unanimous support of the Boards of Education, Selectmen and Finance, no easy task. As much as it is my nature to question projects, I find myself in support of men and women who diligently developed the best solution for our children and the town.

A town that developed a reputation for educational excellence and citizen service should not be compromised by a revote. Revotes which have no fraudulent basis can easily become a cancer to the democratic system.

Nick Davatzes