Mancieri should 'represent,' not 'lead'

Mancieri should 'represent,' not 'lead'

Dear Councilor Mancieri: I read your letter to the editor (last week) with more than a bit of dismay. I'm sure by now you've heard most of the financial and political reasons that people are upset so I won't rehash those. What made me the most uneasy when I read your article was your usage of the phrase "When I chose to lead." You, sir, did not choose to lead; you were elected to represent. Elected to represent the folk who cast a ballot in your name. When those same folk then ask you to not make a foolhardy, potentially expensive decision prematurely, and you make it anyway, that is why you and Ms. (Melissa) Murray are now the subjects of a potential recall.

Should you maintain your seats on the council it is my hope that you don't celebrate that fact but somberly recognize the efforts put forth by those who love this city and are trying to help protect it. Realize also that your time on that council shouldn't be thought of as leadership of the city, but of humble service to the city and her residents.

Douglas Clarke

Woonsocket