It’s not a bad thing to talk | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
May 2, 2011 · 9:08 AM
To the editor:
It is with dismay that I see our town turning to partisan, personal politics.
Yes, petitions are being circulated to put a measure on the ballot to consider a council-manager form of government for Langley. This is an effort to start a discussion in town as to whether the current form of government is the best form for our city, not, as the headline in the Record stated, “to rid Langley of its elected mayor” (April 23).
It is puzzling that Paul Samuelson and the mayor’s office have become synonymous. The office of the mayor is just that, the office of the mayor, not a specific person as it now seems to have become.
I would hope that we, in Langley, step back from what is turning into an angry, personal diatribe and instead try to carry on a nonpartisan and helpful dialogue about what is best for Langley, which, after we vote, will be determined. But let’s talk about it and get it right. It’s not a bad thing to be talking about our future.
I also found the letter written by Ron Kasprisin in the Record (April 27) disturbing, asking that Councilman Robert Gilman step aside. I believe Mr. Gilman has been a concerned councilman, responsive to the community, diligent in his effort to understand the city’s matters, and willing to deal with issues that are difficult.