To the editor:
The election of Matt Little as the mayor of Lakeville is a reaction to the one-dimensional thinking that has pervaded our public discourse these past few years.
This line of thinking, that our former mayor adhered to, is the belief that public institutions and public servants are inefficient and non-value adding and the only solution is to reduce them.
This line of thinking could not comprehend how publicly-run liquor stores could be well-run and efficient and provide value to our community (in the form of millions of dollars of profit a year). We had to hire a consultant to tell us what we already knew.
This line of thinking could not see how supporting a public-private partnership for a senior citizen center could add value to our community. This is the same line of thinking that assumes that public servants are not honest and hard working but are in fact liars.
With the election of Matt Little the majority of our community sent a message that they do not subscribe to this line of thinking. They know there is a place for well-run public institutions. They know we have public servants, teachers, school administrators, police and government workers who are doing their best to provide services to our community under very difficult circumstances. Most of them have seen their workloads increase while at the same time have had to defend themselves against unfair and inaccurate accusations. The public had enough of this. We all want a high quality community and public institutions and public servants help make this desire a reality.
Yes, they need to be accountable. They also need to be appreciated for the value they add to our community. Matt Little gets that.