I am writing in response to Board of Finance member Brian Ploss’ letter dated April 5. While I did not understand several of Mr. Ploss’ references in his approximately 700-word piece, I did pick up that he wants the Board of Finance to be above our political system (seven references) and that he did not appreciate goe-anita’s?, Mr. McDuffie’s or Selectman Chris Bielik’s comments. He particularly does not seem to care for Selectman Bielik very much at all: “lost all respect,” “grandstanding done by the selectman.”
Of course Mr. Ploss is no stranger to the political arena, serving as he does, on the Republican Town Committee. As a politician, Mr. Ploss should know you can’t have it both ways; calling for a non-political government process while at the same time engaging in the most personal of political discourse: the ad hominem attack on the character of Selectman Bielik and impugning his motivation. This sort of attack is usually crafted to obscure the real substance of the issue at hand.
Mr. Ploss, politics is how America does democracy and if the government kitchen gets a bit heated, especially when it concerns our tax dollars, you should understand that this is part of a time honored tradition and give it the respect it deserves.