It ain’t over and I do not blame Pattye Benson one little bit. She is RIGHT, John DiBuonaventuro and those Tredyffrin Supervisors (who in my opinion are complacent and accepting of his unacceptable behavior by their silence and lack of action), need to be held accountable for what they did. It will be interesting to see what new mananger and Radnor ex-officio Bill Martin will do. It will interesting to see if he leads in the right direction on this, won’t it?
It has long been whispered that the political culture in Tredyffrin has not been healthy for decades. After what happened to Pattye, I don’t even want to patronize businesses in the township. I want to avoid the township. After all, I am a blogger, and who says they won’t try to intimidate more bloggers and residents? A Septa official I had contacted about my input on the Paoli Transit Project wanted me to go to the recent public meeting in Tredyffrin. I told them it was not possible and why.
The culture in Tredyffrin politically and governmentally has to change. I don’t view it as either safe or sustainable. And John DiBuonaventuro needs to realize it’s not the wild, wild west and he can’t just do as he pleases at the expense of others. He was elected to do a job, hold a position, not pick on residents, correct? I mean the First Amendment isn’t subjective is it? It is what it is, is it not? And since when should elected officials tell us how to think? Correct me if I am wrong, the plurality as a collective are their bosses, right?
So Pattye has apparently retained Sam Stretton. Sam Stretton is probably one of the few lawyers in Chester County not afraid on some level of bully governments.
Here is Pattye in her own words:
It has been 8+ weeks, since Tredyffrin Township Supervisor John DiBuonaventuro wrote and posted his September 5, 2012 letter to the citizens on the township website. (click here to read the letter). Over the last 2 months, I continue to receive phone calls, emails and have had many discussions with residents that are troubled and concerned about DiBuonaventuro’s letter and use of government letterhead, government website and government resources for his personal attack of traditional news sources as well a private citizen, who dare to question our government. Subsequent to September 5th, we have learned that DiBuonaventuro’s personal letter and use of government resources, was apparently sanctioned and approved by former township manager Mimi Gleason, township solicitor Vince Donahue and the other six members of the Tredyffrin Township’s Board of Supervisors.
At the September 17, 2012 Board of Supervisors meeting, I read a personal statement (click here for Community Matters post and links to BOS meeting and statement) which addressed DiBuonaventuro’s letter and subsequent email and joint phone call from the township manager and police chief on this topic.
When the framers of our Constitution insisted on Freedom of Speech rights, one of their aims was so that all Americans – no matter their social class or position in our society – could vigorously examine and criticize our government. These rights have throughout our history nurtured our democracy and made us a beacon to the whole world. However, as history has played out, the battle for these rights has proven at times to be hard-won rights that we have to continually fight for and renew. First Amendment rights are a cornerstone to this nation’s government and citizens have a right to discuss issues that are of importance. The freedom is speech is in place for all of us – including the citizens of Tredyffrin Township. Further, freedom of speech includes ‘me’ as a citizen and Community Matters.
Brava Pattye! Brava! I know this must be incredibly hard to do. I suggest everyone take the time to read Pattye’s entire post. And next time any of these supervisors in Tredyffrin come up for re-election vote ’em out of office.
Pattye does a lot for Tredyffrin. She is also a business owner and resident who pays taxes. She is a thoughtful, intelligent, and caring woman. She is also a friend, and nothing cheeses me off more when good people are upset by idiots.
Thanks Carla,for your friendship and your support! Sometimes tough situations require tough decisions.
Can’t imagine the courage it takes to stand up for what you believe in when dealing with this BOS! Pattye is brave and a true leader in this township! You don’t stand alone, Pattye. MANY stand WITH you and wish you the best always!! As for re-election time?? Clearly it’s a few years away for most of the supervisors. But MANY will NOT forget how they voted on several key issues, or how they treated us during the process. Time will tell, but hopefully we’ll vote in new members that CARE about the people they serve! Time for a change!!
Make sure you read the article in the paper, in main line media news specifically to see what the solicitor has to say on this. He claims to have sent Stretton or Pattye another letter in reply and it was up to her to make it public, and that there was no way that you know basically they were trying to control any resident and violate First Amendment rights (Unless I am reading it wrong ) http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2012/11/03/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc50952017379dc155702310.txt