Today's Westerly Sun carries an important editorial, "Let Parks & Rec Take Care of Park." Click here to read it. Better yet, go and buy a copy so you can cut out the article and frame it as a reminder when Deputy Dan asks you to re-elect him in November.
This editorial dissects the wild and baseless attacks made by CCA Town Council member Deputy Dan Slattery on the town's management of Ninigret Park.
The Sun concludes that Slattery's attacks are wrong, that town management of Ninigret Park is proper and that recent controversies over the Park were handled according to procedure.
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They note that the Frosty Drew Observatory did not ask for and did not want to be given any special role in controlling what happens at Ninigret Park.
Since March, Slattery has had the town in an uproar as he posited his claims that things were so terrible at Ninigret Park that the only solution was to trash the whole town management process and recreate it to suit his vision of "moral, ethical and legal" responsibility.
He made up facts. He misrepresented others. He sought to give the US Department of Interior veto power over all of Ninigret Park, including the town-owned 55 acres over which the Interior Department has no jurisdiction.
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None of this has any basis in fact or reality. All of this was wrong. All of it was misrepresented. All of it was thoroughly refutted in public.
There are ways you expect a responsible adult, especially one who claims to be driven by "moral, ethical and legal duty" to behave. You'd expect a responsible adult to respond to being so thoroughly discredited by saying, "Yes, I screwed up. I made a mistake. I'm sorry. I will make amends. And I won't do it again."
Over the past several months, Slattery has turned his bizarre crusades into moral jihads. He has used the phrase "moral obligation" repeatedly. He seems to see most of his pet issues as tests of character.
If that's the standard you wish to apply to others, Deputy Dan, look in the mirror. Apply the same standards you used to drive Town Administrator William DiLibero to resign to yourself.