I wanted to express to you my mixed feelings about Supervisor VanLuven’s comments towards a town resident at a recent town board meeting.
I was initially proud of my town supervisor for openly expressing his true feelings towards a town resident. Too often elected officials hide behind euphemisms and nonverbal antics when the elected official is not fond of someone. Being in politics is not easy and those who step up to the plate for their chance to make the town better are not going to be loved by everyone and it is a two-way street.
I was disheartened when I found out the supervisor apologized for expressing his true feelings. If the supervisor ever felt I was a d*ck I would hope he would tell me, preferably privately, but if necessary, publicly. We need more honesty among our elected officials. The word the supervisor used, while crass, is not the worst word you can call someone you dislike.
We should not pretend to like everyone because it is not reality. It is a fact of life as emotional, intellectual and physical human beings that we do not enjoy everyone’s company all the time. Let’s all grow up and stop being so sensitive about being politically correct and always watching how we massage every word we use.
— Marc Gronich