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New Charter Changes Date of Annual Meeting, Declares Town Soverign, French-Speaking Nation

Last Friday's Charter revision meeting brought dozens of local citizens out to discuss aspects of an evolving local government and its impact on the community.

Citizens of all ages and from all walks of life spoke respectfully, sometimes voicing support for amendments, sometimes airing their displeasure. But the tone was, as usual, positive and constructive.

Perhaps the most contested issue, item 5, involved moving the date of the Annual Town Meeting ahead one month from early May to early April, in order to allow enough time for preparation of tax bills.

"It's bad enough that they changed the spring schedule on the A&E network," said area man Clark Stevens.  "Now I have to remember a whole new date for the town meeting? Preposterous!"

Less discussed, however, was a footnote amendment seemingly disguised within a proposal to raise the threshold appropriations transfer limit from $25k to $50k.

The charter amendment, which passed without discussion, declares the Town of Bethel as a soverign nation separate from the United States of America, with its own constitution, military, currency, and parliamentary government. The official language, according to charter revision, would be French.

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Paula Antolini March 12, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Mr. Wiggin do you really want to make such an strong accusation? And where's the joke you speak of? I assure you I do not purposely do anything offensive whatsoever and I certainly do not make jokes about Bethel. If you read correctly (above) my concern IS the joking about Bethel govt. that the writer did (as it also states in French). Would you like to speak about this privately? Please feel free to contact me.
Captain Obvious March 12, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Ms. Antolini, are you denying you used a photo of Aushwitz on your post from this weekend about the possible crematorium at clarke park? Remember the cover up is worse then the crime.
Bethel Observer March 12, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Oh my. I remember that photo on the article. Paula has since changed it. Gross, and poor taste, Paula. And now you're merely upset that The Bethel Bacon, a much needed and appreciated satire source regarding all things Bethel, has bested you. I cannot believe you honestly read this article and then thought it was legit. Your reading comprehension skills are as lacking as your journalistic abilities. However, every town needs a busy-body like you snooping about and taking photos of railroad crossings.

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