The recent debate in Cabot about preserving the traditional town meeting or opting for Australian ballot has certainly been witnessed in many Vermont communities.

More than a few Vermonters undoubtedly agree with Cabot Select Board Chairman Caleb Pitkin who said town meeting "is one of the few things left in any community that make us a community."

We suspect a stronger case could be made throughout the state for Mr. Pitkin & #039;s side of the argument if more folks remembered one thing. Town meetings are for town issues.

We note, however, that the Town Meeting Day warning in Putney includes a resolution about genetically altered foods.

Whatever else may be said about this issue, it & #039;s not a matter than can be resolved on a local level.

If this is what & #039;s considered "action" on a municipal level today, the town meeting is in trouble.


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