[the ADTC announcement continues:]
If one may judge by their public comments, some of the 25 opposing the resolution in fact supported impeachment.
They were apparently troubled, however, by Town Meeting’s addressing a matter that they believed not to be its legitimate business.
It was obviously a difficult position in which to find oneself. But it does mean that there was even more TM support for impeachment than the figures suggest.
The resolution itself is well-crafted and short. It is Article 2 on the TM website for last night’s meeting:
Carol Gray, the Town Meeting member proposing this resolution, acknowledged the ADTC’s passage of an impeachment resolution in her survey of the increasing national support for impeachment and removal.
Thanks to those on the ADTC impeachment committee who have got the ball rolling!
[end of ADTC announcement]
Amherst’s representative town meeting is the primary legislative body for the town — it has 240 members with 24 elected from each of ten precincts. In most precincts the slate of candidates is not full, so we essentially have government by volunteers. (The Select Board, the executive branch, has five members elected for three-year terms in what are sometimes competitive races.)
We in the “People’s Republic of Amherst” are famous for addressing national and world issues through our local government — IIRC the TM once prohibited the town from doing business with Burma — but this vote struck me as being of interest. The other articles on this particular TM warrant (linked to above) are also of general rather than local interest — I think the TM has adopted a policy of collecting these items into a single session.
In next Tuesday’s election Amherst voters also have a local question on the ballot, as to whether our state rep should be directed to support a resolution calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq.