An fbook exchange
Spoon Agave: There are no obvious signs of leadership in Brattleboro so I can only conclude that the collective vision in the Municipal building is that the pandemic will end someday and everything will be OK. If anyone reading this has seen something different please share what it is. At the moment it feels like the town is simply marking time (just filling potholes) until whatever happens happens and we’ll deal with it then. That is one strategy, anyway.
Dot Lenhart: Do you have any suggestions?
Spoon Agave: It would be nice if the Selectboard developed a vision and a strategy. It might help if they just decided if they saw themselves as leaders, or leadership. Or exactly how they are interpreting their role as a Selectboard. And inform the public what they decided. Without any vision or goals or strategy what is their purpose? Perhaps they need to hire people to help them find a role or purpose. I have no idea. It just feels like the town is adrift at a time that such a condition is fearfully inadequate. One could have more confidence in them if they admitted that they don’t know what to do. Then at least the resources, knowledge, skills and experience of 12,000 residents, now lying largely disengaged and dormant, can come alive.
David Evans: “Then at least the resources, knowledge, skills and experience of 12,000…” There are a whole bunch of resources for people, incredibly engaging conversations, neighborhood organizations helping each other, fundraisers, etc. Maybe you don’t see this stuff or don’t pay enough attention, but to basically say nobody is doing anything is disingenuous and false. It sounds like you haven’t heard anything the people or the town have said in the last three months, which is on you, not the selectboard.
Spoon Agave: Then perhaps the place to start is setting goals and seeing how close we get to them. Measurable results are what count. Merely saying that people are doing things doesn’t tell us what actually got done. Maybe the majority of residents believe enough has been accomplished. Although that still leaves us with trying to understand what enough is. Perhaps, for instance, growing one tenth of one percent of our annual food needs locally is enough. Without goals and measurements there cannot be accountability.