Recall goes too far

On the matter of the Ashland Senior Center: Our community has been subjected to a barrage of anger from a small group of senior citizens. They have launched a recall of three Ashland parks commissioners and, while one may empathize with their disappointment in certain staff changes, they have remained largely dismissive of community efforts to improve the workings of the senior center.

Respectfully voicing disagreement is a right that should be exercised freely. But in this instance, a vengeful recall campaign is truly a bridge too far. Recall campaigns emanate from gross incompetence, chicanery or financial misconduct. Nothing close to such behavior exists here.

Several of these commissioners have given our community hundreds, nay thousands, of uncompensated hours of capable stewardship and they do not deserve this treatment. If you disagree with a policy, have the mettle and work ethic to campaign for the three parks commissioner positions opening up in 2018.

It is easy to gang up and indulge in disruptive grumpiness at community meetings. And it is downright fun to compose satirical songs and emotional chants to highlight your grievances. It is much harder to engage in the constructive nuts and bolts of civic discourse and democratic decision-making. Let us end this episode of civic discontent and lend our collective energies to improving the Ashland Senior Center. My hope is that the citizens of Ashland refrain from signing the recall petition and certainly vote it down if it comes to fruition. We are better than this.

Stephen Jensen