Letter: Becker needs a lesson in manners
Updated 10:29 am, Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Community service is an important and satisfying experience for those of us who indulge in it. The format for community service often involves political involvement and political expressions by those participating. That, however, is no excuse for the immature and callous attacks by David Becker toward our town attorney, Stanton Lesser, as it appeared in the redistricting article of the Fairfield Citizen of May 10.
Mr. Becker's quotation of disdain for Mr. Lesser is now Exhibit 1 for why John Q. Public so dislikes politics and keeps good people from public service. The young Mr. Becker clearly needs a lesson in manners.
First of all, contrary to Mr. Becker's assertion, Attorney Lesser is not Mike Tetreau's attorney. He is the "town" attorney. He is chosen just as any other town attorney has been, regardless of party. Apparently, the young Mr. Becker is unaware that an attorney's job is to interpret the law and give advice. It is not the attorney's job to say what the client (here the town) wants to hear. I have known Stanton Lesser through town service, but more than that, as a fellow attorney. He has a terrific reputation for knowledge and integrity, and we are lucky to have someone of his caliber as town attorney.
Mr. Becker can go on not trusting 90 percent of what Mr. Lesser says; he can go on believing the First Selectman has a personal attorney; he can go on living in the land of fantasy. Fortunately, there are many public servants in our community, regardless of party, who understand the process, battle for their issues without acrimony, agree to disagree, and our community is better for their service. Perhaps the young Mr. Becker will join them someday.
Ellery Plotkin, chairman