September 10, 2008: Chamber name change passed by default

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To The Editor:
I had a visit today from the President of The Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce. He came to confront me on my feelings about the proposed name change of the chamber and also to point out that name was not important, and that erasing Margaretville from the name was, in his mind, a plus.
He and 34 other members of the chamber have seen fit to go ahead with their plan and sound the death knoll for the Margaretville Chamber. There are upwards of 120 current members and all that was mustered was 34 yea votes.
It was then brought to my attention that “in a Democracy not everyone votes” which lead me to ponder. What was meant by that? Were most too lazy? Did most not really care? Or was there another explanation? I put forth the thought that “maybe they never received a
chance to vote”
I was immediately assured that all had been sent an e-mail. Of course, how stupid of me. Are we all not aware of the reliability of e-mail. What difference if the members didn’t answer they, by default, can now be counted as yea. That is how Democracy works, don’t you know?
I then suggested that the leadership and the said 34 members that were devoutly in favor of this change remove themselves from the 90 “undeclared” members and form their own chamber, and give it any name they wish. Maybe it could remain nameless, for, as I was told, name does not really matter.
If this minority stays and disembowels The Greater Margaretville Chamber the members can look forward to their funds bring used to disenfranchise them and going to businesses not in our area, but else where, as is already happening. The present state of the economy begs the question as to whether or not we merchants and businesses can survive our identity
being erased at the questionable whim of a minority.
This proposal was floated three times before and puts one in mind of the political tactic of presenting an unpopular view, and if it is voted down, submit it again and again until the voters resistance is broken down and it passes by default.

Stuart E. Buswell,
Margaretville