Ted Doty

 Ted Doty died this week.  It is something I write with sadness, given the fact Ted was one of the most frequent posters on this blog.
 
I first met Ted years ago when he ran for mayor of Rockaway Township. Things did not go all that well. We did not endorse him and that bothered him. Over the years, however, our relationship improved. Ted was the type of guy that every municipality should have — someone who goes to public meetings and makes a nuisance of himself. He raised issues and wrote letters on topics that displeased the powers that be.

During the lengthy hearings on Christ Church’s application to build on Green Pond Road, Doty took the right position _ supporting the church’s right to exist.  That was contrary to the views of a majority of residents, but Doty did not mind. In the end, the church’s application was approved and a temporary structure has been at the site for about two years .

More recently, Doty was a critic of the board of education, specifically its finances. He attended meeting and wrote numerous letters to the Daily Record espousing his views. The school board, sadly, responded in a child-like fashion. It yanked its legal advertising out of the Daily Record because we published Doty’s letters.

On this blog, Ted also carried on a running dialogue on a variety of issues with a man who identified himself merely as “P.”   Such is the ways of a blog.

I mourn his passing and express sympathy to his family. Ted Doty spoke his mind and argued for the truth as he saw it. And that was a good thing.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

2 Responses to Ted Doty

  1. Mark in Rockaway says:

    I’m sorry to hear of this, my condolences to his family.

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