Letter: Open Debate Needed to Move WD Forward

In this letter to the editor, writer expresses the importance of open dialogue and debate at township meetings.

Dear Editor,

Having been a resident, actively involved (current member of the River Winds Advisory Board) and raising my family in West Deptford for the past 30 years, I have a pretty good understanding of this community.  I have supported and voted for past administrations and have witnessed what has taken place in our local government. Until recently our local government has been a big mystery in West Deptford where decisions, debate and dialogue amongst committee members have taken place behind closed doors.

Now, as a supporter of Mayor Ray Chintall and Committeeman Sam Cianfarini, I have been overly impressed with how our government now operates in the open at our Township meetings. Ray and Sam have brought that open dialogue, open debate and open decision making process to the people of West Deptford. While some say that the township meetings have become a “circus”, then I want this circus in town for as long as I reside in West Deptford.  Actually, to call the meetings as anything other than “American” is doing a disservice to the country we live in.

As a Veteran (U.S.M.C.), defending our freedom is important and to see those freedoms on display by our local government is what our country is all about. Last week at the township meeting there was plenty of dialogue, open debate and passion between the parties about how this township needs to move forward. That sort of debate has not existed in this community prior to Ray and Sam’s election to council.

So before you begin to call our local government a, “Circus”, remember what those quiet, ill-attended and ten minute township meetings over the past twenty plus years have yielded for the residents of West Deptford. We now have spirited debate, exposure to mismanagement of funds, exposure to audit deficiencies, budgets presented to the public, presentations on our redevelopment “deals” and an opportunity to challenge all of our government officials.

Ray and Sam thank you for sparking life into our community and bringing West Deptford back to the residents. Also, for those who think freedom is quiet and behind closed doors you are wrong. Our township meetings are opportunities to discuss how our town is governed and in this town we are finally beginning to hear what freedom sounds like.

William Vankat
West Deptford

Bill Bondar October 03, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Excellent letter Bill.
Walt Johnston October 03, 2012 at 11:15 AM
and the hits just keep on coming. the democratic machine for the past 20 years made West Deptford the Sewer and Waste Funnel of gloucester county.I,d rather have a committeeman sent from God than a Witch sent from Satan. you can sit back and say all the bad things you can conjure up about sam & ray because in reality Michael Schitts your still crying over the loss of the democratic rule.they have done a fantastic job in bringing out in the open the Fraud and Corruption this town has endured from the previous administration.West Deptford is heading in the right direction and a vote for Dicarlo is a vote for corruption and fraud
John Keuler October 03, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Bill, very well said. As for Mr. Scheetz, stop drinking the Kool Aid. The behaviors if the last 20 years, starting with Mayor Shields and Mr. White are what got us into this mess in the first place. It's refreshing to have leadership that is just not a rubber stamp!
Arthur Hickman October 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I agree with you William, open debate and dialoque is what is needed in this township. That is why it is so important to vote for DiCarlo. If the republicans had a 4-1 majority all debate and dialoque would be silenced. Your entire argument makes perfect sense and we should keep the passion that Denice brings to this committee alive. So i concur with your sentiments Bill, vote DiCarlo back and keep our government fair and open.
W.D.78 October 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Bill very well stated,first I would like to thank you for a life time of service to our country and secondly you nailed it with your letter.You are also a pretty good annourncer.Keep up the good work and continue to fight the fight againist all this corruption in this town.
redneckwillie3 October 03, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Avote for dicarlo is like hiring the captain of the Titantic. the township will sink faster than ever before.Double DD's would be a disaster to this community.one more thing Arthur, Denise was never voted in.How soon we forget. SHE LOST! REMEMBER
Chuckles October 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Yes redneckwille3 she was not elected howeverwhile in there she has done positive things such as the field of dreams and saving the township $1 million dollars in the sunoco settlement. Also without Ms. DiCarlo's imput we would NOT have the grant for Fire Equipment. Maybe she wasn't elected but she has proved by her actions that she deserves to be elected. She represents all people in WD unlike the people that were elected who represent only their own party.
Bill Bondar October 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I agree with you Arthur, open debate and dialogue is what is needed in this township. That is why it is so important to vote for Jeff Hanson. If the Democrats had a 5-0 majority again as they did for the last 20 years all debate and dialogue would be silenced again. Your entire argument makes perfect sense and we should vote in the passion that Jeff Hanson will bring to the committee. So I concur with your sentiments Art, Vote Jeff Hanson and keep our government fair and open.
redneckwillie3 October 03, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Dicarlo saved 1 million but Sam & ray saved 33 million.Denise did not get the grant for the firetrucks. she was quoted that she turned the firetrucks down.filed of dreams money came from where her husband works you didn't see any other business partake in the resurrection of field of dreams. she lied aboput having a CPA license and she got thrown off the BOE. of course chuckles you would defend her you are her husband. Denise and Donna are part of the corruption in this town. I have friends that are democrats and they told me there is no way Denise is getting their vote.THEY ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE DEMOCRATIC MACHINE THAT DESTROYED THIS TOWN. VOTE JEFF HANSEN SMART MOVE
Samantha McCall October 03, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Bill, your letter is right on point. I have been to previous township meetings in that past 2 years, and what a difference. They actually turned up the mics so that you can hear what they are saying, and they have turned the department heads towards the residents. Wow, how about that. Please, Mr. Scheetz, if that is your real name, what did the previous administration do to help this township. Please, tell us, because it seems that the people who have had the kool-aid, cannot come up with anything, other than maybe they have a job. Please, Mr. Scheetz, give me facts.
William Libby October 04, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Let's talk about drinking the kool-aid Mr. Keebler. The Mayor is the one enjoying the free drinks at RiverWinds. Mr. Hansen has done nothing with his RiverWinds project but has been able to reduce babysitting fees to the point we are now losing money. Well done Jeff! There is also a current investigation into alleged waiving of fees ordered by one of his RiverWinds Advisory members and the person running the Republican website has been accused of poisoning his neighbors dogs. Upstanding folks I want running my town!
drippingfaucet October 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Hey Mr. Libtart..........and advisory board has powers to order anyone to do anything?...That would be a new one. Membership is up, hot shorts are gone, carpet finally getting replaced, maintance issues exposed......not bad for a little over 8 months at work and actually less after politics prevented anything from being done in the begining and a full 8 months of no help from any of the employees. How exactly was RW handled the first 10 years of its existance?
drippingfaucet October 06, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Denice takes direct orers from Gerry White even though she ran before about being independent. She is smart, thinks well on her feet and has passion but guess what.......she turned to the devil for help and that is what will keep her from winning. She would have been much better served running on her own merits but she choose not to and that will ultimately cost her. The residents are a bit more educated now and see what is going on. Just look at the people that get up to the mike to defend the dems......everyone is on the payroll somewhere........it is a shame what WD politics has become but we have a chance to end that forever, I hope the people follow through on it and don't get threatened. The dems are a machine, they still have employees on their side due to baseless threats of everyone getting fired if the Republicaions win. The truth is, people will be fired but only those that deserve to be no matter who is in charge.
drippingfaucet October 06, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Oh, almost forgot Mr. Vankat.......thank you for your service, you my friend are a true American hero and servant. God Bless
Eric Tomaszweski October 08, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Wasn't Bill Vankat the guy that used to shine Mayor Docimo's shoes and had numerous jobs in WD appointed by Mayor Docimo. What a phony he turned out to be.
Few & Proud October 08, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Despicable....Mr. Vankat served in the US marines to protect your freedom of speech and you degrade him...despicable
Patriot55 October 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM
...check your facts then come see me and we can discuss ...been called many things in my life so ur comments just roll off my back...most name callers r cowards are one Eric T ????


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