As a lifelong resident (50-plus years), I recall Southampton Village as a gentle place in the 1960s and onward. Respect, consideration for others, kindness and truthfulness were valued in the world then. It was a gentler time. There were no cellphones, no selfies, less concern about self-promotion.
Clearly, the world and our village have changed and are undergoing more change, and not just change stemming from COVID-19.
On September 15, there is an opportunity for two new voices:
Joe McLoughlin, with whom I have sat at many Village Board meetings over the years, is extremely well-informed. Joe is an experienced member of the Planning Commission and committed to serve as trustee with the interest of the village taxpayers in mind.
Gina Arresta has fiscal experience and is, along with Joe McLoughlin, committed to oversee the future direction of the issues of Lake Agawam, water, septic, development (including the hospital property), retail, restaurants, and affordable opportunities for the offspring of all village residents.
We cannot restore the world to a gentler place, nor change reality, but we can vote for integrity, dedication, independence and persistence.
Christine S. Witker
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