To the Times of Ti:
Amazing what I read in the Times of Ti last week; one jaw-dropping article after another. A lengthy one (letter to the editor) titled, “Voters Have Responsibilities,” implies the electorate didn’t live up to their responsibility because they repeatedly voted into office the same assessors and, in his (the author’s) mind, the only way to correct this was to take away the vote of the people.
In the minds of elitists, the fault rests with you, the “not too bright” voter. Don’t be a hypocrite! Step up to the plate and run for office yourself if you think you can do a better job. Instead you sit on the sidelines complaining and cheerleading for those board members who share your view.
The article on page one caught my attention—fourth paragraph from the end. Mr. (Don) Miller, a member of the town budget reduction committee, lost in court, his bid to reduce his assessment; calls it unfair. Well, boo-hoo, we all would like our assessments reduced, but you, sir, were in a position of power and ruthlessly used it to get even with the assessors by recommending to your cronies on the town board that they switch to a single appointed assessor. You could (should) have recused yourself to avoid the appearance of impropriety, but of course, you did not. At the very least, this was a conflict of interest and abuse of power.
The last article I wish to comment on is “Supervisor: Decision’s aftermath ‘horrifying.’” I agree, but it could have been avoided had certain members allowed a referendum instead of a stick in the voters’ eyes. She (Supervisor Bethany Kosmider) complains about letters to the editor and political signs. Welcome to America and free speech. She says “fear has no place on a democracy,” but she is wrong. There’s a quotation in Citizen’s Rule Book that states: “Where the people fear the government, there’s tyranny; where the government fears the people, you have liberty.” Which of these is being practiced in Crown Point?
The rest of the article is just mud-slinging and unsubstantiated accusations. Come November, Crown Point voters will decide which road to take—tyranny or liberty. I’m confident they’ll make the right choice.
Mary Capek, Crown Point