Bold new leaders needed in Warren
The divisive controversy over a proposed methadone clinic in Warren has claimed a number of victims in terms of careers and volunteers in local government.
Recently the town manager, the code enforcement officer and four members of the town planning board have resigned. While some disagreed with the decisions made by the exiting leaders, the fact remains that in their wake a significant leadership vacuum has developed. The town office will soon be almost devoid of seasoned veterans.
The resignations are understandable. The stress of more than a year of controversy, which has split the town and pitted neighbor against neighbor, is a lot to a handle, especially in a voluntary position like the planning board.
Those still occupying the town office have expressed pessimism that anyone will express interest in joining the planning board.
However, times of conflict, change and adversity also present opportunities. Those who step forward now could be instrumental in positive changes and turning a corner in Warren town government. No one remembers the contributions of those who lead in easy times. It's the work done in difficult situations that leaves a lasting impression on a community.
The town selectmen need to make an effort to find volunteers for these positions and fill employment vacancies with the best possible candidates.
The Rockland Fire Department on Sept. 11, honored the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place more than a decade ago with a new memorial at the fire station.
The local 911 memorial was built by the members of the Rockland firefighters' union. Rockland Fire Chief Charles Jordan conducted the ceremony honoring the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a field in Shanksville, Pa.
Jordan also paid tribute to the more than 400 New York firefighters, police officers and first responders who died trying to save the lives of the victims at the World Trade Center. Those responders are memorialized on a special Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance at KeySpan Park, at the site of the former Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The memory of that day remains clear in the minds of so many in this community. Each of us has a different perspective of the day and its impact on history.
We remind readers there are people taking action each day to save lives and prevent another attack; and we encourage readers to say thank you to soldiers, police and emergency response workers whenever the opportunity presents itself.
The Rockland City Council gave commendations to four employees Monday — Debra Goss, for 11 years with the police department; James Gamage for 20 years with the recreation department, Ronald Teel for 20 years of service with the water pollution control department, and Assistant Chief Mikial Mazzeo for 20 years with the fire department.
Thank you for your time, work and dedication to the community.