People’s column

Give residents compost access

Editor, OBSERVER:

I would like to comment on the OBSERVER’s June 1 article “Resident: Village is dumping on private property.”

My opinion is that Fredonia village residents should be able to use some of this compost. It is village material and we pay to haul it and move it. We should be allowed to use it but village residents are banned from the pile.

I understand that residents going to the compost site could be an issue for the property owner. It seems to me that the village could easily provide an area at the town barns where residents could get compost to use in their yards.

PRISCILLA BERNATZ,

Fredonia

Transparency lacks in state

Editor, OBSERVER:

As the 2017 Legislative Session comes to an end, I wanted to express my disdain for the lack of transparency in Albany. On June 7, I participated in a press conference that announced legislation to require more transparency in how taxpayer money is spent.

Every year, the governor strong-arms the Legislature into passing budgets that include large pots of money earmarked for specific projects without any explanation to the taxpayer of how that money is to be spent. Typically money is allocated to projects like the Buffalo Billion to pay corrupt political contributors for funding campaigns.

Taxpayers deserve better from our government. That’s why I’m calling on the Speaker of the Assembly to help pass legislation that would create a Lump Sum Allocation Advisory Committee to review all allocations and make sure that money is spent properly and with integrity.

I’ve been working hard in Albany to pass measures that require more transparency between government and the taxpayer. It’s my hope that my colleagues and the governor will join me in this effort.

JOSEPH M. GIGLIO,

Assemblyman,

147th District

‘Big money’ hurts democracy

Editor, OBSERVER:

We need to fight to pass strong laws to get big money out of our government. Money should not be allowed to buy or persuade important decisions that have an effect on the people of this country.

We need strong laws that will stop big money from being inserted into the decision making of the people in government that are there to represent all Americans and not just those who have the resources to pay them to do as they want them to. This is not how a Democracy was intended to work and must be stopped for the benefit of all Americans!

CAROL MICHELSON,

Falconer

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