It’s been said that decisions made by three members of the Talbot County Council are somehow problematic. There a reason why a voting body contains an odd number of members. A majority vote is needed.
The fact is the Talbot County Council basically ends up with a 3 to 2 vote because you have 3 members, Callahan, Pack and Williams, voting for common-sense compromises that reflect the desires of the majority of citizens of Talbot County and you have 2 members, Bartlett and Price, voting in favor of what their special interest groups told them to vote for.
You have, what some have labeled, the “Gang of Three”, who made their decisions not just by listening to people who attend the meetings, but by listening to citizens throughout this community; at picnics, at charity fund raisers, at chamber meetings, at schools, around the courthouse and on the “streets.” While the other 2 members vote primarily upon what they hear at the public hearings.
It’s been my experience that most of the people that attend public hearings in mass are the people that only support a one-sided outcome without compromise. In the case of most Talbot County meetings, these are the wealthy retirees that came here from other places around the state and country and think that Talbot County citizens are too stupid and complacent to rebel against their desire to control this county.
All you must do is look at all the players…. You’ll find one side living as normal middle-class folks, while the other side lives in multi-million-dollar homes on the water and drive expensive cars. You’ll find one side comprised of people that come from here, have businesses here, have jobs here, raise their families here, send their children to school here, and are just too busy taking care of their family and earning a living to attend the public hearings. While the other side who have recently retired here have lots of time and resources to present their demands at the public hearings.
Here are a couple of “FACTS” to consider before you cast your vote. Forty-nine percent of the children in our schools financially qualify for free or reduced meals and there are 165 students that are homeless. Remember the “Coalition” of special interest groups are fighting against the interests of the average Talbot County citizen. The citizens who need good paying jobs, good schools and homes they can afford to own and live in.
If you want a Council that will listen and support the “average guy” in Talbot County consider voting for Chuck Callahan, Kesha Haythe, Frank Divilio, Cory Pack and Jennifer Williams. These are common sense folks with common sense values.
The author is the husband of Talbot County President Jennifer Williams