Who’s Got the Solutions?
There’s something peculiar about the tack that the incumbents of Tiverton are taking against Tiverton Citizens for Change (TCC) — implying some shadowy intention to be vague about our agenda. We have no solution, they say, and it doesn’t require much political savvy to imagine their fingers twitching in anticipation that we’ll offer something up that they can use either to demagogue or to declare our ignorance.
We don’t claim to have all the answers. Rather, a few hundred of us (for starters) have had a strong reaction to the results and methods of the current crew of town officials and wish to change the playing field a bit. To that end, we asked candidates questions about various topics that seemed either core or emblematic, we considered the candidates’ answers (i.e., their solutions), and we endorse those whose answers we liked. Simple as that.
The negative campaign is particularly odd coming from School Committee Chairwoman Denise deMedeiros, because we liked her answers enough to offer her an endorsement. She complains that TCC is “not telling us solutions” and how we’re “going to run the town,” but we’re not going to be running the town. She is. The other elected candidates will be.
In other words, TCC’s solutions are none other than those that she enunciated in her responses to our questionnaire. If Ms. deMedeiros would like to refresh her memory as to what she told us should be done, all questions and answers are available at TCC’s Web site.