Chatham's town government is running pretty smoothly. Taxes are low, water is flowing, streets are paved, and trains, so to speak, are running on time. We understand as much as anyone that things aren't perfect; the shoreline is a mess, spending could be reined in, and there are some big projects on the horizon, which will need steady guidance from the top. It seems to us this isn't the time to disrupt the system.
The current board of selectmen has functioned well. While members don't always agree, discussions are always well reasoned and civil. This would continue with the re-election of incumbents Cory Metters and Dean Nicastro to second three-year terms. As a business owner and Chatham native, Metters merges two points of view that are critical to bring to the table now, as residents worry about maintaining Chatham's character and small-town ambiance while balancing growth and the need to provide jobs and opportunities. He also has a young family and understands the dynamics involved in making a living in an upscale resort community while worrying whether the same opportunities will be available to your children. As a retired attorney, Nicastro represents a different demographic and provides the board with an analytical expertise that ensures issues are dissected in a way that's fair and logical.
For the past four months, the board has been operating with only four members, following the resignation of Amanda Love in January. To serve out the one year remaining in her term, we endorse current planning board chairman Peter Cocolis. On that board and the energy committee, and as the town's representative to the Cape Light Compact, he demonstrated leadership and an understanding of the issues facing the town.
One concern expressed in the May 17 annual election is that some will engage in bullet voting. With three candidates for two three-year terms, voters can choose two, although there is no prohibition against casting a single vote. Voting is the highest expression of our democracy, and to use that right as a political tactic doesn't seem fair to us.