Response to Marj Armstrong's letter (Oberon Review, July 16) in regards to a newsletter circulating from the Oberon Shire Ratepayers Association.
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I have read a newsletter from the mentioned association regarding the sale of Hathaway Cottages.
As I don't know or have sufficient information on the subject, I can't comment or support either argument.
However, I find it strange your comment that the association, of which I have no affiliation, has been formed undemocratically.
Regardless of legalities of the formation of the association, I strongly believe they have the right, as does anyone else, to criticise or offer differing opinions, whistleblow or highlight any wrongdoings as is able to be done in a democracy.
A simple response to the allegations and addressing the issues with proof and facts can easily dismiss any false claims and allegations of misconduct, whereas dismissing claims offhand is just as unproductive as the criticisms/allegations made.
In addition, I don't understand why the need to take the time to speak with the mayor or councillors when a public statement, as you have posted in the media now, rebutting the alleged scurrilous claims with supporting documents and figures would put the matter to rest.
What can't be said that can't be printed?
Though I'm not a ratepayer of Oberon, or live in Oberon (nor a regular reader of the Oberon Review), I do have vested interests there and as such have made comment and with no intention to personally degrade, demean or humiliate.
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