Tim Neale: Town Meeting decisions made too narrowly

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Town Meeting decides narrowly

Peter Demling is to be commended for his guest column in support of the proposed new charter for the town of Amherst (“Charter would strengthen two key elements,” Jan. 12).

His key point is right on — our current Town Meeting structure necessitates decisions being made more in the interest of time and passion, rather than through continuing, thorough and open discussion.

Based on my 10 years or so as a Town Meeting member, I believe that although a “representative” body, too often a small subset of clustered members, commonly in one particular precinct or neighborhood (with their own narrow agenda), trumps the will of the majority, especially on votes requiring two-thirds acceptance.

The town needs a change — vote “yes” on the proposed new charter.

Tim Neale


The writer is a Town Meeting member from Precinct 4.