By FRANK LISA Sr.
Majority rules! Of the people, by the people, for the people! Sounds great?
All of our leaders in all of our wars stated that. They told us these were justified wars. The deaths, wounds of body and mind were necessary in the defense of liberty. The liberty to express our thoughts and most important, the right to vote for those we believed would represent our thoughts and wishes.
In the clash of opinions in regards to our County Home, a statement was made by Ellicott town Supervisor Cecil Miller at a meeting of the Town Board that they were in favor of selling the County Home. I wonder if he was aware of the poll taken by the OBSERVER last December?
The results of this poll showed 70 percent against the sale. I would suggest with that majority, come election time, we could be very effective in helping protect the County Home. Find out how they stand on selling the Home and vote accordingly.
Mr. Miller stated he wanted to take the burden off the backs of the taxpayer. I think that is a cruel remark and gives one an idea of compassion for those less fortunate.
These very same people raised families, bought homes, comforted children, served in the military, and helped make this country great. We needed them then and now they need us. I forgot - they paid taxes!
I suggest you take great care of our County Home; you or a loved one will surely age or become infirm and get the care and love that is so available to the people of our county. I have remarked on this previously, but it is so pertinent to show how little we know about the future.
Former County Executive Jack Glenzer, while in office, also at that time wanted to close the home. There was so much opposition that the matter was dropped. I guess it was about six years ago Jack's mother became a patient at the County Home.
Sad to say, Mrs. Glenzer passed away. My sister-in-law had the room next to her. Jack was very satisfied with the care his mother received and wrote a letter to the OBSERVER and expressed his gratitude to the home and staff for the wonderful care.
I guess life is like that. You just never know what's waiting around the corner. Does County Executive Edwards, who was so intent on selling the home, know or realize the process of growing old and infirm? I doubt that he does, but he will. We all do.
Growing old is like combat, you only find out by going through it.
Frank Lisa Sr. is a Dunkirk resident.