An enormous cloud of negativity over Princeton

Shocked, saddened and angered by what has happened within our community.

Those who know me well, know that I will write an editorial only when and if I am either inspired or angered. This is one of those moments.

Over the last few weeks, I have been impressed with the union of citizens for a cause, only to see it spiral into a hateful and shameful separation of the community. Since when did having a difference of opinion mean that either party was right or wrong? An opinion is just that—an opinion. We are all entitled to have one.

Our community was given the chance to vote (a democratic process) on an initiative, and it turned into a nasty name calling, insult throwing war, resulting in the loss of friendships and drawing an enormous a cloud of negativity over our community.

The referendum vote results were also astonishing. Just over half (approximately 62 percent) of Area H residents voted and less than 1000  people (approximately 40 percent) of Princeton residents voted. Where did the rest of you go?

Kudos to those of you who took the time to have your voice heard. To those of you who never bothered, I am compelled to ask, “why would you not want to be heard?”

You are a part of this community, your voice does matter, your vote does count and yes, it can make a difference.

It is my hope that our community heals quickly and that those who ‘didn’t bother’ figure out how important it really is to be a part of the community you choose to live in.