Voters have choice

I have to admit I was a little surprised by your editorial comments questioning the motivation of Chicopee City Councilors Brunetti and Vieau asking for a review of the signatures on the petition the mayor sponsored to have a four- year mayoral term placed on the ballot.  

If, and only if, their suspicions are valid, it speaks more to the integrity of the sponsor of the petition than to that of those who have the right to question what appears to be a violation of the rules of the game.

A similar review of a school committee candidate was recently conducted.  The finding by the Chicopee Registrar’s department was for the candidate even though the nomination papers did not comply with Massachusetts state law.  The solicitor ruled that lacking any law of its own, the city was not required to comply with state law.  Interesting opinion.  I don’t advise any of your readers to use that defense in any court of law.

Do you remember when you were a child and mom or dad said “no” to something, and you thought you could get your way by throwing a tantrum?  Although you usually lost that argument, at least you learned from the experience.

It seems every time the mayor of Chicopee doesn’t get his way with the city council or school committee, he wants to take his ball and go home. He publicly berates other elected officials in briefings before council meetings, during school committee meetings, or in other non-government public forums. 

This is all a matter of public record.

He doesn’t seem to understand the check and balance system of an elected government.  He claims many city departments would be better off with appointed professional individuals running them.  His appointees, with  “professional” probably being defined as always saying “yes” to an “it’s my way, or no way” management style.  He also doesn’t understand that Chicopee does not have a “strong mayor” form of government, although he tries to make it operate that way.

Chicopee’s mayor recently stated he will wait until January when there are new members of the other elected bodies so he can have his way on some issues. Chicopee voters know the wait will be much, much longer.  They have learned well during the latter stages of the incumbents tenure.  Voters will now choose a mature, professional mayor in November. 

And if the four-year term does appear on the ballot while the incumbent is in office, it will certainly  be defeated.

Jim Raschilla


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