Barbara Fink: Council not elected to rule on all issues
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To the editor:
Unless I missed the City Council’s outreach to the citizens of Northampton to assess their approval level, the council’s resolution to chastise the federal government for its domestic and international drone policy seems to represent its personal opinion.
Perhaps that is what is meant by “the official position.” If this is so, and “we, at the grassroots level” refers largely to the council members and not to the people of Northampton, the inescapable question — for me — is why the councilors should have the right, without a public referendum, to authorize any resolution in the city’s name that is not local in nature.
Respectfully, they were not elected to rule on national and international issues. While some of the city councilors say they are troubled and chilled by the government’s definition of navigable space and its use of drones, I in turn am really troubled by their assumption that they can speak for all of us in Northampton.
Where are the “guidelines” to protect us from what some might interpret as unwarranted representation?