One of the most egregious tactics of politics leading up to our local election has been the constant undermining of leadership in an effort to bring in candidates who would enforce an agenda on North Smithfield that aligns with a national strategy that is damaging the very character of our country.
We see the same old half-truths, magnification of any possible slips by the incumbents, and hammering away by negative ads, social media, and public notices. Please, look beyond the words and focus on proven achievements when casting your precious vote.
The current (North Smithfield) Town Council is responsible for two years of smooth operation and notable achievements at a most challenging time. We have a council that has produced not only a fiscally sound town operation, passed a budget two years in a row that didn’t additionally burden residents, and they did this while supporting an increase in Veterans Tax Exemption, moved on how to proceed with the Halliwell project site, and advocated for the senior members of our community.
I had the need recently for EMT attention and, thanks in large part to the addition of two new EMTs, the response was swift and effective.
While the School Committee meetings have often been contentious, due in part to lack of response and little respect by that committee to parent concerns for students, the Town Council has listened and responded for more to residents, and meetings there are characterized by a show of respect for citizen input. The periodic combined meetings of Town Council and School Committee and administrator have been cohesive events.
Our town has a character that needs to be protected. We do need the planned improvements expressed by John Beauregard, Steve Corriveau, and Claire O’Hara in their campaign statements, and judging by their proven efforts, I believe our community will become more attractive to good businesses that will lessen the tax burden for residents. We need Clare’s wisdom, and the creative energies of John and Steven on the council and leadership that will support our First and Second Amendment rights.
Anne Marie Omweg