Conveying ones opinion about an action, or political issue does not show disrespect, quite the contrary. It has prompted a response, an opinion, a counter to the issue, and in politics, that shows respect. It shows that the issue is worthy of an opinion. Pro and con. For and against. Opinions matter, and must be shared appropriately.
Local politicians voicing disappointment, or opinion cannot be restricted by a code, although the manner in which the disappointment is conveyed could be. A plane pulling a banner proclaiming, "I'm Pissed at You" would not be appropriate. Simply stating a political decision is "illogical" and "wrong" is. It is opinion. It happens every hour of every day in Congress. It is politics, just as threatening retribution is well known to those in politics, and was done in this case as well.
Opinion vs. retribution for voicing opinion.
It truly doesn't matter what prompted the issue. It was political, and our politicians are not immune from behaving like politicians.
That's what they do.
What is important is when one that we have elected, or has been appointed to a position, is told that their spoken, appropriate opinion is against a code of conduct, then it is time to re-read that code, and if it is true, then change it.
Limiting how one voices how they feel about decision made by the Board of Selectmen by invoking a "Code of Conduct" is something that our forefathers never intended to have happen.
Do those that are that are unnerved by opinions other than their own capable of being the representative for others that have their own opinions? Are those with thin skin, and heavy hands, the ideal leader, or someone that can role with opinions other than their own, and not let it bother them, other than to, at the very least, respect them?
Just asking. Talk amongst yourselves.