Thursday, May 11, 2006

More random musings

My head is still pounding from last night, but here are a few follow-up thoughts:

  • Only at Town Meeting might one get the impression that Amherst is under-zoned and under-regulated. This is not exactly a common criticism of our town.
  • Want to know who is preventing a rational rezoning at the intersection of South East and College Streets? And who is stonewalling the PRP improvement? Kudos to Baer Tierkel for his diligence in putting TM on the record for important votes.
  • Still no evidence of a massive knitting contingent. Last night I did see two cross-stitchers though.
  • I haven’t mentioned it in the last gazillion words or so, and first-timers may not wade through enough of my recent blather to find a previous note on this, so here I go again: In the interest of full disclosure, you may care to know that my father is John Coull, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. (Though he may prefer to deny that at this point . . . I may be making too many enemies . . .)
  • The TM system gives individual members and ordinary citizens significant power and influence. It is our duty to use that power responsibly. It brings to mind that saying: Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should.
  • What if red-green color blindness is really to blame for our goofy tally vote results? Maybe lots of those people who opposed the zoning changes actually intended to support them. (It could be the 2000 Florida elections all over again!) A girl can dream.


Jonathan said...

Kudos to the Town Clerk for getting the tally vote results up less than 24 hours after the meeting. I'm impressed.

Anonymous said...

Keep on blogging! Reading what you have to say is turning into one of the best parts about TM!

Jim P

PS: The first year I lived here I kept seeing references in the paper to people involved in TM, and I thought we had a really mellow population that meditated a lot.....

Stephanie O'Keeffe said...

Jim --

Some "TM" after TM could be a great idea! It's tough to unwind after a session like this last one.

Glad you're enjoying the blog.

Jonathan --

Thanks for pointing out the good work of the Clerk's office.