During the debate, Kevin Kopetz implied that Janet McCarty diminishes those who work for the town, and he defended them and praised them. He and Public Works Director Richard Branigan often insist at public meetings, with a tone of blame against those who say otherwise, that North Haven town employees are the best there is.
No group of people that large is the best there is. There are excellent people and good people, incompetent people and bad people, but mostly people in between, like all of us.
Anyone who says different is treating town employees as if they were children, which they certainly are not. Anyone who says different is trying to make others look bad, usually Janet McCarty, who never says disparaging things about town employees, but is treated as if she does. Anyone who says different is trying to create a false solidarity among town employees, a feeling that they are being attacked and must stand united (against people who do not exist).
No one is attacking them, everyone appreciates the work they do, but that does not make them all good and kind and everything else children are told to make them feel good. They are men and women like other men and women, and that is all they are and all they should ever want to be.