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Leave opinions to elected officials

March 22, 2010 - John D'Agostino

An editorial in the OBSERVER last week made mention of two county legislators who do not support downsizing. Other than two bloggers who disagreed with the view, one other person sent an e-mail, defending the longtime status quo Republicans.

"Why weren’t you hammering on the Dems when they had the majority? You certainly had a lot of chances to inform the public of the goings on then. A lot of times, the Dems were instructed how to vote or else. Sounds familiar doesn't it? State and the Congress work the same way. Check it out.

"Just write the facts and leave the opinion to the reader."

I offered this writer the chance to have the comments appear in our newspaper as a letter. The response was no, it was just for my information.

Great. Information sent by the wife of a county legislator who just happens to be a Republican. But the OBSERVER should leave the opinions to itself.

There you go readers. Those municipal leaders, entrenched and representing us in government, know more and better than us.

They raise our taxes. They increase spending. They approve outrageous pay increases. And they defend party members.

Oh yes, by the way, they are also looking out for our best interests.

Yeah right. Just as long as you do not criticize their little kingdoms.


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