The biggest insult was the attempt to humiliate us by the merchants on Main Street who put signs in their windows saying ``Shame on You’’ and putting our names on the signs. I was not and am not ashamed that I voted to try to get some much needed revenue in a manner which is perfectly acceptable by many cities and villages that depend on tourism and by the tourists themselves. The only other dependable source of income is toáraise taxes and that is unfair to the small tax base in Cooperstown. One of the most vocal against paid parking was Neil Weiller, who led the merchants in their anti-paid parking campaign.
You can disagree with someone’s point of view, but civilized people do it in a civil manner. Not by personal attacks.
One of the other points made in the newspaper is that these men ``ask questions until they get answers,’’ Why is it that they all voted to ban parking behind the Fire House and then re-voted to allow the parking because, and this was in the newspaper, ``They didn’t understand what they were voting for the first time.’’ Why didn’t they understand? Why didn’t they ask questions then?
As Trustees you are expected toáunderstand what you are voting for, and it is inexcusable that these men admitted that they didn’t understand what they were voting for.
The implication is that no other Trustees ask questionsáor try to understand the issues.
That is a great injustice to Lynne Mebust and Jeff Katz. I worked with them on the Board and can attest to the fact that there are no two people more concerned with the welfare of the Village and who delve deeply into the issues, get the facts and act on them.