Plato said, “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”  Those elected to public office in Plymouth were seated with only 10 percent of all eligible voters casting a ballot. [About] ninety of all Plymouth voters were not motivated, a glaring vote of “no confidence” in the process or the candidates. The cause is likely multi-factorial. Because of this decades long public apathy, a tiny cohort controls town government in perpetuity for the benefit of an equally small cohort. The voters have no understanding of the candidates, except maybe the name is familiar. The public knows little of what goes on in Town Hall.

What have these ambitious public servants wrought? The piece-by-piece loss of a lovely, forested seaside historic town to developers, an aquifer endangered, forest leveled, destruction of wildlife, stunning rapid increase in population and traffic, and burgeoning crime. Driving anywhere in Plymouth is now an exercise in courage. Plymouth will not survive, and we are all to blame.

Phyllis Troia

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