Ann Thomas, a recent Republican and Conservative candidate for Southampton Town Council, wrote a Letter to the Editor this month [“Great Strides,” Letters, December 9] “to connect with the local community,” as she puts it. Ms. Thomas congratulates the winners of the election and, indeed, deserves congratulations herself for her committed participation in our democratic process.
It’s what comes after that which has me puzzled. Ann Thomas admonishes the local winners to adopt policies reflecting “the ‘red wave’ that swept over the voting public.”
What “red wave”? Southampton’s Democrats reelected their county legislator and town supervisor, kept their Town Council majority and returned their Town Trustees to the board. Granted, we lost the highway superintendent’s office (by just 24 votes), and now have only one instead of two out of the four town judgeships — but you can’t win ’em all, nor should you.
Whatever “red wave” there may have been, it doesn’t seem to have had much effect on Southampton’s election results. Consequently, I don’t see why it should dictate town policy, despite what Ann Thomas says … [more]