Letter: Member’ s commentaries were counterproductive
Along with a large number of others, I attended the Mathews County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 26. I have attended these meetings in the past, although not on a frequent basis. What I witnessed was astounding.
One member of the board dominated the meeting, while the other members could not get a word in the discussions. She asked questions of speakers constantly. Some of the questions were beyond belief and redundant, such as questioning the qualifications and training of VDOT employees digging ditches.
Conservatively, these long-winded commentaries caused the meeting to go at least an hour longer than necessary. One board member tried to have these mundane discussions take place elsewhere, but to no avail; the lady was determined to have her say, regardless of the consequences.
Two observations are in order regarding the meeting: 1. The chairwoman should have taken control of the meeting and kept the discussion of this member in check, and 2. The comments by attendees regarding this particular board member were consistent and not at all complimentary. Upon leaving the meeting, there were quite a number of citizens standing outside and the topic of conversation was exclusively on this one board member and her constant talking.
Mrs. Putt, you may well have good things to say; you may well have vital questions to ask; you may be looking after the welfare of the citizens of Mathews County, but when you never stop to listen, your audience tunes out and turns off. It was obvious, those attending this meeting did just that and the animosity toward your efforts was clearly evident. Based on body language, I think you lost most of your fellow board members, as well.
As the poet Robert Burns wrote:
"And would some power the small gift give us
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us."