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April 14, 2010 - John D'Agostino

I am never amazed to read those courageous comments left by those who hide behind Web names such as Areader or Watchdog regarding articles or opinions posted on Here are some of those comments ... and a response from the past week:

FROM MIKEY1 regarding Forestville's decision to increase the pay of two workers and the village clerk: "It is too bad that again the minority spoke for the majority. Yes, maybe the board did jump there wages to much in one year, but they are trying to get them to what is close to the standard for that kind of work. You have two well qualified people working for you,just try and find someone who can run heavy equipment,plus be on call 24-7 for those wages. I understand that you are keeping a close watch on your tax dollar,but as they say don't trip over dollars to save pennies. You also say they are lucky to have a job. Why is that the only answer you can come up with. Those talents can go a lot of places, and you should be lucky to have them. Also on Sunday an editorial stated that they are paid to much and had to call in Hanover to do some ditch work. I call that good planning, Weather it is a 60 foot ditch or a 600 foot one, the town has the right equipment and manpower to do it efficiently. Plus you already pay the town in your taxes,so why not take advantage of it?"

MY TAKE: Reads like a worker who believes he too is entitled to the pay raise, especially if it is coming on the taxpayers' backs.

FROM SHOFUH regarding the new law on dissolving villages into towns: "Just like the way the mergers have been proposed, this will not save money. Local taxes may go down in the short term but those savings are spread to all taxpayers across the state. This is progress?"

MY TAKE: No. Our "progress" in Western New York and this county has been years of tax increases, higher spending and bigger government while people continue to leave our region.

Finally, FROM COMMENTOR regarding the big ruckus over the cell phone in the town of Pomfret: "I wonder how much this cell phone, paid for by taxpayers, is used for personal use. I know the truck is used for personal business during working hours.This board wastes tons of taxpayer money. Perhaps when Mr. Hart leaves the board he will spill the beans on the waste. He may also tell us why the town should never be allowed to take over the village."

MY TAKE: ... And if the highway supervisor wants a personal cell phone only, he can still pay for it with his wages, which also come from taxpayer dollars.


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