Elections are an opportunity to gain insight into the thinking of the voters. Looking at the results of the just-concluded Mashpee special election, one thing jumps out.

Seventy-three percent of the vote went to the two candidates who most clearly stated that the time to take action on wastewater to improve water quality has come. The voters, widely recognized to be more ready to take action than town leaders, made a loud and clear statement that they preferred the candidates who unambiguously said they were ready to act on this long-neglected issue.

The voters showed their disapproval for continued delay, packaged as a need for more information and the endless exploration of alternatives, promoted by candidates and some elected officials. That takeaway message is indisputable and is ignored by politicians at their own peril.

It is time for Mashpee to heed the expressed will of the voters and move forward to implement its existing wastewater management plans at the May 2020 Town Meeting.

Andrew R. Gottlieb

Pickerel Cove Circle

MashpeeMr. Gottlieb is chairman of the Mashpee Board of Selectmen.

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