Now that Westport's torrid -- I mean, tepid -- election campaign is over, it's time to turn to what is commonly called "the business of governing." That would not be my phrase of choice -- evoking as it does images of crooked politicians in New Jersey, Louisiana and former Gov. John G. Rowland -- but you catch my drift.
Governing Westport is serious business, not left to amateurs. Although we rely almost entirely on volunteers, whom we expect to toil long hours after their regular jobs as, um, businessmen. Westport's leaders sit through endless meetings, field countless phone calls and e-mails, balance the competing interests of neighbors and friends -- and (except for the first selectman), they do it all gratis. (Or, gratuitously, for a few hundred bucks.)