To the Editor:

Well in reading the tentative agreement on affordable housing, it appears that the citizens were heard.

It is amazing that things can be done differently when the community gets involved. It even looks that for the time being the skate park gets its reprieve.

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Setting the details aside for the moment, one of the most important takeaways from this entire debacle is that the government is meant to work for us, not the other way around. When our leaders fail to engage the public, hide in secrecy, suppress public opinion, and believe their ideas are the only ones viable, the past few months of outrage is what happens.

Had our officials engaged the public in openness and transparency from the beginning, all of this could have been avoided, along with the legal fees associated with it.

It would be nice to get this page of history behind us. It will be nice to see the issue solved in a manner that is cost-effective and more appropriate for our Township.

It will be nice to welcome new folks to our community to enjoy the benefits and beauty that we already do. Hopefully, it ends the era of government trampling rights and making decisions in closed-door back rooms, where our elected officials believe they are the beginning and end of every issue.

Hopefully, it will usher in a new era of public engagement and openness of our government.

Regards,
Daniel Miller
Green Village section of Chatham Township