From The Chair: An Apology For Incident At The Tilcon Water Hearing On June 26th

I was already angry when Don Naples, Republican alderman, approached me at the end of a four-hour hearing.

The first half of the hearing at Gaffney School was unbearable.

I had jotted in my notes, “parade of prostitutes.”

Our mayor had misappropriated $350,000 from New Britain’s hard-pressed taxpayers to hire a group of biased consultants. Their job was to sell us a horrible idea: savage our beautiful Bradley Mountain to give away a billion dollars’ worth of trap rock, leaving us with a lagoon of industrial runoff.

In my naivete I was unaware that such consultants existed. With no pretense of objectivity, they insisted for an hour and a half that the whole purpose of the project was a magnanimous deal to save New Britain from certain death of thirst. No mention of the stupendous profits to be made by extracting precious trap rock.

Later in the evening, a speaker from Plainville, a veteran wetlands official, let us know that there are many of these phonies-for-hire out there. So-called experts, they bully small towns like ours, who can’t afford counter-experts.

FIGHTBACK

Not this time. About 30 simple citizens, at 3 minutes each, lifted us up with their passion, eloquence, and self-taught expertise, overwhelming the distorted, interminable presentation that began the hearing.

Are these guys licensed? If they are, their license should be revoked.

Despite the enjoyable interlude, punctuated by vigorous applause, at the end of the hearing I was still burning from having had an hour and a half of my life stolen.

The hearing was breaking up, and I was approaching some of the aroused attendees to sign up for our DTC email list, when Don came up to me. He was apparently stung by my using my 3 minutes to call out the Republican aldermen sitting there, for encouraging such rapine. Pleading innocent, he persisted in my face as I was trying to talk to the other people streaming by. Finally, I snarled at him and drove him away.

I’m sorry, Don. I’m not usually like that…

Bill Shortell

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4 Responses to From The Chair: An Apology For Incident At The Tilcon Water Hearing On June 26th

  1. Frank says:

    Bill Shortell,

    Your behavior was totally understandable.

    Don Naples should write a public apology to you for interfering with your doing what you had said you would be doing.

    Don Naples didn’t like being called out for his actions as a member of the Common Council. Elected by New Britain voters, he is obligated to serve all New Britain residents.

    Frank Self

    >

  2. Lanette Spranzo Macaruso says:

    Just me spoutin’ I suppose – but you should not say you’re sorry for anything you did or said to D.N. He aimed to stop you from talking up the progressive party – and he succeeded.

    His bad, not yours.

    On Wed, Jun 27, 2018, 8:39 PM New Britain Democratic Town Committee wrote:

    > nbpoliticus posted: “I was already angry when Don Naples, Republican > alderman, approached me at the end of a four-hour hearing. The first half > of the hearing at Gaffney School was unbearable. I had jotted in my notes, > “parade of prostitutes.” Our mayor had misappropriated ” >

  3. David Sperduti says:

    BRAVO Mr Shortell!!

    I was in attendance as well. Actually left quite pleased with the good showing. And the strong opposition to this joke of an idea conjectured up by our corporate mayor and her cronies.

    My concern is will our alderman/did they truly listen to you and the intelligent folks who cried out their sincere and righteous opposition.

    This cannot go through!!

    DJ Sperduti
    65 Dogwood Drive

  4. Don Naples says:

    I appreciate that Bill Shortell took the time to write a one-sentence apology at the end of a long tirade about the TilCon project hearing. It’s interesting to see replies from people who claim to know what I was thinking and what we said to each other. I wasn’t stung by anything that night. I was impressed by how many people got up to express thoughtful, relevant comments, nearly all in opposition. I told Bill that of all the 42 speakers, only he made it totally political, and I didn’t like being told how I voted on on that project, since the proposal won’t reach the Council for a vote until sometime next year, if it gets there at all. I believe the Council listened and got the message, loud and clear. For the record, I’m not a Republican.

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