"The only thing rotten in Yarmouth is the Board of Health"

Letter by Joe B. Glynn of West Yarmouth

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To whom It may concern,

Recently I observed a travesty in Town  Government and Public Relations.  The behavior of the Board of Health was the worse example of hospitality I have ever seen!  To invite businesses and treat them not only unprofessionally, immaturely, but with sarcasm and hypothetical inhospitably , is not only bad customer service it did a disservice to the entire town , Cape region and the State / Country for future visitors!

The Yarmouth Board of Health (BOH)  went off the menu and the reservation with their sickening display.

They say the purpose was to accentuate the quality of Yarmouth's High Standards but all it did was show their ignorance, arrogance and another example of why the BOH should be accountable to the Townspeople and be elected, like in many towns!

It was left out that no other town on Cape or in MA. displays online and in eateries!

I am not a business owner but quite often enjoy meals (w/ my children also) almost exclusively, in the many type of exemplary, Yarmouth Eateries!

These businesses provide jobs, pay income, commercial property and meals taxes, as well as, being at the mercy of many natural, regulatory and economic forces on top of their honest competition.

They all, agreed, which is a rarity these days amongst competitors, that they want to keep business in Yarmouth, not allow people to drive out of town because the customer does not understand what kept the score from being 100%.

The worst part of the display is the Proprietors/Managers spent hours away from their businesses to be heard. by BOH invite.   They were treated to a buffet of sarcasm and a cold dish of muscle flexing.

Go on the town BOH meeting video and watch for yourself.  I have never gotten sick out, in Yarmouth,  but was sick to my stomach watching that 1st meeting at home!

The proposed display of scores was not the display that is unhealthy or even the  BOH description of the current high standards that comports with inspections,  currently in town! The Yarmouth  BOH rates a F for Failure to help the good people and businesses to understand the high quality In town and definitely brought undue question for future visitors and tourist!

The Yarmouth BOH has had resignations and other conflicts of interest and now another poor judgement that rates as a sickening  F!

The only thing rotten in Yarmouth is the BOH behavior! Score the Board , with high standards like Yarmouth Businesses  and demand an elected BOH!   Many towns have better voter turnouts for annual elections because many boards are elected, like Planning Boards, Town Clerks, Zoning Board of Appeals, Rec Commissions, and of course Boards of Health.

More positions up for election  draw more interest,  not only to the elections but to the positions.  More townspeople feel invested, not just limited to connected insiders, and those already involved or qualified simply articulate it to the public.

If there is no more interest,  those volunteers at least,  have submitted their qualifications and put name on ballot or write in their names.  At the very least all those candidates get their friends and families out to the polls.  If you multiply by 5 -7 positions and multiple seats even if they are staggered years it still is significant!

Regardless the BOH in Yarmouth should be elected because of their history of conflicts and poor judgements!

Joe B. Glynn

30 Arlington Street, West Yarmouth, Precinct 6


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