Recently Holly Wright wrote a very strong criticism of Pete Lesher’s decision not to introduce his planned request to the other members of the Talbot County Council, urging them to revisit the controversial green light for the Lakeside project. She called Pete’s decision an embarrassment.
Pete is no coward, and certainly not the “embarrassment” to the Democratic Party that she called him. I have known Pete for well over twenty years: he is intelligent, thoughtful and hard-working for the citizens of the County. He has faithfully served both the Town of Easton and Talbot County for three and a half terms. That is fourteen years. This is the first time I can remember having heard him criticized, especially in this vicious, uncalled-for manner.
I believe no public servant deserves to be berated in this way, and I hope not ever to read this kind of letter against any public servant again. Disagree, yes. Insult, no.
Letters to Editor
Steve Shimko says
I think Mr. Lesher should have introduced the resolution, had the appropriate discussions, work sessions, public hearings, etc, and then let the votes fall where they may. At least with this process we the citizens would know exactly where all the council members stand on this issue.
In general, I don’t agree with the modus operandi of “I’m not going to introduce it ’cause the votes aren’t there to get it passed”.
Paul Rybon says
I too have known Pete for a long time. I have found him a champion of consensus, which is what we want from our council leader. Although we haven’t spoken about the issue of lakeside, I think he may have allowed his name to be included in the TIP group of candidates because he supports community causes a matter of conscience.However the balance between development and our special quality of life here on the shore requires some compromises, and I think he wants to navigate this balance with a keen sense of community interest.
Dick Deerin says
Those women and men who take the time and make the effort to serve in governmental positions deserve our thanks, regardless of whether we agree with the policies they espouse. They should be treated with respect. Our public discourse should be courteous and not devolve into the acrimony and name calling that seems to have become the norm in our national politics.
Wayne Johnson says
LAKESIDE IN TRAPPE HAS BEEN A TERRIBLE PLANNED PROJECT . I BELIEVE PETER LESHER IS INVOLVED WITH THIS PROPOSED GRANDIOSE ENVIRONMENT DISASTER !
REMEMBER IT WAS A 2500 HOMES AND MULTY HOMES THAT WOULD FURTHER INFEST THE WATERS OF THE CHOPTANK RIVER .
SINCE THE LAKESIDE TRAPPE DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN REDUCED IN SIZE .
THE WAY I UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON LAKESIDE WILL ONLY RECEIVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WATER FOR THE OVERALL PROJECT AND IT CANNOT BE CHANGED. THE BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION IS FOR PETER LESHER ” STEP AWAY FROM THIS PROJECT FOR THE GOOD OF THE TALBOT COUNTY CITIZENS .
Jane Phelan says
I heartily agree with Jane Bollman. Wright’s harsh criticism of Pete Lesher was uncalled for. Or perhaps it was to call attention to herself?
Tom Malone says
Holly Wright says
While serving on the Talbot County Council is not as demanding or important to our community as our teachers, nursing personnel, corrections officers, and first responders, it has a role to play. The failure on the part of Pete Lesher, the poster boy for the Talbot Integrity Project during the 2022 election, to introduce the Lakeside Reset resolution is so dismissive of the work of citizens who organized and raised awareness in this community with regard to the Lakeside development is outrageous. I am reassured that no comments have taken issue with that assessment.