Letter: City election isn’t a BearCat referendum
I opposed and am disappointed that the Concord City Council decided to purchase the BearCat. However here is one thing I won’t be doing and I encourage you not to do: I won’t be voting for city council candidates who are running on this single issue and asking us to elect them as a way of showing our displeasure for the council’s decision.
I don’t consider this election a referendum on this issue and here’s why: After we vote these people into office over this issue and the referendum is complete, then what? The council has to govern the city. Who are these people, and why will they make better councilors than the ones we have?
We just went through two years of legislative agony when people in the state voted extremists and unqualified legislators into our State House because they were disappointed in the 2008 election.
What they got for making a statement were two years of legislative hell because, in their anger, they forgot to vet whether the person they were voting in was qualified or competent to lead.
Our city councilors have done a pretty good job of leading our city. They’re not perfect and, yes, I think their decision to purchase an unnecessary military type weapon was unwise.
Still, that doesn’t make their opponents more qualified than they are to lead our city. So while I’m displeased, I’d rather stick with these folks than make a statement and elect into office people I might regret having there later.