The County Council meeting on 11/18/10 began with much talk from Mt. Bethel residents opposing the proposed detention center, which resulted in a decision by CC to rescind the original proposal. Ms. McHale voted "yes", noting for the record, that she had voted "no" to the original resolution. The only "no" vote came from Mr. Gilbert, with no explanation, Mr. McClure was not present.
We were all somewhat confused that evening however, because Mr. Angle had been characterized in the newspapers as taking heat from 400 Mt. Bethel residents, which resulted in his decision to change his tune on the immigrant’s prison. But with all his brilliance, it appeared he could not comprehend that the Coalition of Alzheimer's Families actually had over 10,000+ verified petition names at that point in time, many of which are from the Slate Belt. Why? Why? Why couldn't he see that 10,000+ is so much greater than 400. Yes Mr. Angle, it is, trust us when we inform you that it is.
So, the million dollar question continues to be...why are you still not listening to us? We humbly requested through our spokesperson that you not allow us to complete this mission. You must really be seeking retirement in May. Put the question on the ballot Mr. Angle, and perhaps you'll have a chance. But know that all hope for re-election is lost if you don't.
Why are you forcing the people to do what has never been done before? Don't you see that if successful, it will be your political down fall for forcing the matter? The people are tired Mr. Angle, especially those from the Slate Belt, of the lack of proper representation they have been receiving from you.
The Coalition in deed, and in fact, has 10,000+ names in less than a month, and we have been working endlessly to make sure that we get what we need. Yes, we are now withholding the petitions because we are hopeful that you will do the right thing on December 9th, 2010. Unlike you Mr. Angle, we don't want to waste county money and time, just in case you decide to do the right thing. If not, we will submit prior to the deadline date. Also know that we are not in the habit of bluffing, we do have a good amount of the petition names needed, with well over 500 petitions circulating as we write this blog, and a month and a half to go. To borrow from Mr. Stoffa, we are "hellbent", we will get the numbers we need Mr. Angle, so why not just do the right thing? Remember, This is not about winning or losing, it's about doing what is right...just simply doing what is right...and it is always right to do what the people want.