To the Editor:

I write this letter to those people who chose to work outside the system to extort enough pressure to get a local Eagle Scout candidate to withdraw his proposal for Chaffinch Island.

I am not commenting on the project appropriateness, rather the tone and aggressive nature of some opponents. Change is hard for many, and seeking change to what we have known evokes pushback in some people. I don’t care what project it is, there are some that would rather Guilford remain as Old Guilford.

Here is my problem. Some people chose to contact the eighth grade scout directly on the phone to voice their objections. That’s not right. This young man did everything right. He brought the project to the Park & Rec Commission (Guilford volunteers) who made a decision to approve the project at Chaffinch Island. They did so with the best of intentions and altruistic spirit.

As Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman, I have received countless direct emails to applications that residents object to. I try to always explain that I have deleted their emails without reading them because there is a public process that should not be tainted by ex parte lobbying.

I’ll conclude with this… it is never appropriate to go after an applicant. The ends do not justify the means. If you have a problem, bring it to the commission or the selectmen. Guilford... we are a community and better than the discourse that we see nationally.

If you are passionate one way or the other, get involved. Volunteer your time to our town and town committees, productively. We have an opening on PZC if you are so inclined.

Philip Johnson

Guilford PZC Chairman

Connecticut Media Group