As a resident of Springwater, I am constantly amazed by what I have observed at town board meetings. At the last meeting on Dec. 6, I was forced to watch as an elected council member turned into a town bully and directed that boorish behavior toward a much-loved and revered elected official of our town. It was unwarranted and can only be classified as a perfect example of what our schools, our universities and society in general is attempting to weed out.

As a resident of Springwater, I am constantly amazed by what I have observed at town board meetings. At the last meeting on Dec. 6, I was forced to watch as an elected council member turned into a town bully and directed that boorish behavior toward a much-loved and revered elected official of our town. It was unwarranted and can only be classified as a perfect example of what our schools, our universities and society in general is attempting to weed out.

When people are elected to serve a constituency in any capacity, it is assumed they will do so with decorum and courtesy. Evidently, this official has decided that resorting to street tactics and mob behavior is the only way to get his point across to whoever happens to be in his line of fire. What happened to common civility? Why did the supervisor allow his ranting to continue – oh, that’s right, he is related to the person in question and therefore, by his silence and lack of action, must condone this obnoxious and undignified behavior.

I, as a citizen, do not want anyone representing me that cannot speak civilly to people. It is bad enough that all of our elected officials have on more than one occasion proven they are not reading the manual that tells them what they can or cannot do as elected officials, but to verbally abuse a woman and denigrate her good reputation in this community, in front of the 13 unsuspecting people in the audience, was painful to watch and humiliating. It was uncalled for and only confirmed what many of us have said all along – some people are not meant to govern.

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes but they do not belong in our town hall sitting as elected officials. A lesser person would have not had the grace or poise to sit through nearly two hours of a meeting after your tirade. You owe everyone in this town an apology beginning with the town clerk. She is your peer, not your minion, and she has represented the people of this community fairly and with much dignity throughout her tenure of public service. Her constituency is pleased with the services she provides to our town; her dedication to the people of this town will long be remembered. You, on the other hand, need to take a course in common civility and stop acting like the village idiot.

— Judy Tripp-Neu, Springwater