By FRANK LISA Sr.
I was always under the impression that we lived in a society of people who chose their representatives with the intent of adhering to the old but still wonderful principle of a government that consisted simply stated, of the people, by the people, for the people.
This no longer seems to exist with the actions of County Executive Greg Edwards and many members of the county legislators in regard to our County Home. The actions of those who wish to sell the home show a lack of regard for the wonderful care they receive. Any legislator who regards the care of these people in dollars and cents (taxes) in my opinion lacks compassion and understanding and as such should not be re-elected.
Please allow me to place you in a thought-provoking perspective. We know we have one of the best of homes, well kept and most caring people you could find watching over our dear ones. Let us consider ourselves in a sad time of life.
We have to bring in a beloved wife or perhaps it's a wife bringing in her husband, mother, father or any deeply loved one. Then again it might just be you. One thing for sure we will be involved in this and can only hope as pleasant as possible.
I would like to go back to the above folks who are the main focus of this letter. Did they place a monetary value on you? From the time of your birth to adulthood they carried the ball with love and concern, with all the expense involved did they ever look for someone or some place to drop you off that absolved them of their responsibility? They did not. It is now your time to carry the ball - don't drop it, they did not.
In my opinion, most residents of our county desire to keep our home and not sell. Remember those 16 who voted to sell the Home last week.
I would like to ask the people of our county come November remember the old adage when you vote: "Don't get mad, get even!" Should some people feel in regard to this that he is just an old guy who wants a place to hang his hat, not true; the first part might be true about an old guy, the second part about the hat is not. I'm a disabled veteran of World War II and as such all I have to do is pack a small bag and head to Buffalo.
To tell the truth I would much rather head to the Chautauqua County Home.
Frank R. Lisa Sr. is a Dunkirk resident.