Letters to the Editor11/26/08

Nov. 26, 2008

An eye-opener for Williston

Due mostly to the exacerbation and relentlessness of the media creating a sense of doom, yes, local revenue has taken a hit. Lest we forget who is being hit the most:  local businesses, especially your local Mom and Pop’s.

In the past, Williston officials have taken for granted the revenue it pulls in from the local 1 percent sales tax. Most recently, your Williston representatives opted to have local business bear the brunt again by imposing a tax on all business utilities.

Williston continually bites the hand that feeds it and keeps residential property taxes stable. Is this really in your citizens’ best interest? Keep in mind your revenue is directly connected to how well Williston businesses do. Things have been less stressful since the resignation of D.K. Johnston, the obsessive ordinance official that made many of us miserable and contemplate relocation. But then Williston rewrote the ordinance rules to make them more confining.

We have always contributed generously to the community and now we do it every time we turn on our lights and heat our stores. With a window front restriction it will be hard to decide on supporting a local events poster or leaving an ad up for potential store revenue. We are not all corporate giants, we just want to make an honest living in a very nice town. So a little show of respect for those silent contributors to the success of your community.

Angela L. Emerson, owner

Amarah’s Chocolate Company



The band played on

Not the Williston Town Band, but ours, here in Williston Woods, a small community nestled away up on a hill off North Williston Road. Our float, “The Band Played On,” won the blue ribbon in the Neighborhood category on the Fourth of July.

We prided ourselves on that achievement and anticipated the barbecue to be hosted by the Williston Rotary Club on the 9th of September. Good food was cooked and served by Rotary members, including our very own Town Manager, Richard McGuire, and Director of Parks and Recreation, Kevin Finnegan. A local DJ provided the music that kept us dancing.

My point? The coverage of the event was a misnomer that needs to be corrected in order to preserve the integrity and well-deserved reputation of our Williston Observer. One picture of a dancing couple, with the title, “Dancing Days,” did not tell the true story in the Sept. 18 edition of the paper. Yes, we do have dancing feet, but the occasion was the kicker — the celebration of the Blue Ribbon! So now you have it — the whole story.

Williston Woods is only one of many neighborhood communities in our jewel of a town. I count 15 neighborhood communities in the Williston Resource Directory. What a parade of floats, or festive walkers, or stars-and-stripes cars overflowing with community members could grace the 2009 Fourth of July parade that celebrates our Williston and our USA. See you there.

Alice Bowman

Willison Woods