It may seem odd, but being undeservedly praised can be no less troubling than being undeservedly pilloried.
Although the context might have made it clear to careful readers, one sentence in last week’s article about the April 15 Halifax Selectboard meeting (“Board Debates Merits of the Act 250 Review”) omitted a couple of key words and thus could have been misread as me taking, or deserving of, particular credit for the manner in which Rescue Inc. has met the last year’s challenges.
To the contrary, that credit goes to the people who breathe life into that place every hour of every day, and who have been doing so since long before I ever set foot in Windham County. Particular credit should go to the providers, volunteers, management, and trustees who took advantage of the year of challenges to reassess the agency’s organizational structure, procedures, and goals in order to develop a sustainable path forward.
So I stand by my perspective that Rescue is stronger now, but that perspective is limited to a year of observations since I “stepped in” — and here’s the key — *as the town representative on the Board of Trustees.* The omission of those words left open the possibility that I had done something single-handedly, when instead any contribution I might have made was as part of a collective action.
Since I’m writing, I’ll add a personal plea to the Halifax residents who depend on Rescue for emergency services:
As you know, Halifax is a large spot on the map and Rescue is the agency that the town has contracted with to make sure that the residents in your corner of town can be reached in a timely way by an ambulance. Halifax’s contract with Rescue is very small compared to the contracts it has with other towns, yet Halifax is nevertheless entitled to a full vote and voice on the Rescue board. In other words, it’s a big bang for a small buck. It would be wonderful for a Halifax resident, who has — literally — skin in the game, to take advantage of the opportunity to support Rescue’s commitment and obligation to provide you and your family with quality emergency medicine, while also helping to shape and support Rescue’s governance.
So thanks to our town reporter, Margo Avakian (or the editors who clipped a couple of words from her piece) — and I mean that sincerely — because that slight omission gave me an excuse to expand on my comments to the selectboard in this public forum.
Cara M. Cheyette