To the Valley News:
An article that appeared in the Sunday, May 6, 2012 Press Republican was titled: Essex County Supervisors fear sitting on a Powder Keg.”
Perhaps this is a message for them to get off their “chairs” and start addressing some of the many problems of Essex County.
First - A study was made concerning Horace Nye which addressed costs, etc. several years ago. Why not review the study to see if the findings could be used to make operational costs more attainable? The results might possibly indicate a procedure to enable Essex County to continue with local management rather than selling to an outside entity. Local people who manage the home understand the cares and needs of North Country residents. With outside ownership the familiarity that the patients now have would be lost. Review the study and save one of our most treasured facilities if possible.
Second - If Essex County had five legislators instead of 18 supervisors, we would have to purchase only five chairs, pay five salaries versus 18 and disperse expense accounts and benefits for five legislators rather than 18 supervisors. This study has also been done and has proven to be more effective in other counties. Get out of those chairs and address two pressing issues rather than sitting back in new comfortable chairs doing little to address Essex County and its problems. There are more pressing problems than outdated chairs.
Walter P. Huchro,