Bill Davidson’s proposal to eliminate any meaningful activity by the town meeting (Letters, May 23) is puzzling, disturbing, and seemingly uninformed on the history of the town and state we call home. The Fundamental Orders for Connecticut of 1639 was possibly the first written constitution ever. Ridgefield has a 300-year history of town meetings making decisions that affect its people. Now he wishes to throw this proud tradition of democracy on the ash heap of expediency.
He seems discomfited over the possibility that 108 people at the town meeting might modify the preferences of only 14 people — the combined memberships of the Board of Education and the Board of Finance. He ascribes to those 14 people “extensive analysis and careful deliberation,” as though the rest of us could not and did not do the same.