Don’t inflate the numbers

Politicians, who like to blame the messenger for reporting items of local significance, need to be more honest to the people they serve.

In an article regarding the resignation of Fredonia village Trustee Marc Ruckman, Mayor Athanasia Landis did not need to inflate numbers about the village she leads. In speaking about the former trustee’s announcement, she continued a great misperception about the Fredonia population.

“This is not a small village; it has over 12,000 people,” she said.

On numbers alone, that is false. Fredonia, according to the most recent Census figures, is losing population. Its most recent number in 2016 is 10,639, a decrease of 5.3 percent from 2010.

Taking that a bit further, village trustees actually serve about 7,000 residents annually. The other 3,500, according to the U.S. Census spokesperson in an interview with the OBSERVER last October, are students at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Yes, those attending are counted as residents.

Landis, in a recent spring meeting, took Trustee Doug Essek to task for some of his opinions and statements regarding the controversial Barker Common grant. It was a 20-minute unnecessary diatribe.

But she’s allowed. Those are her opinions.

However, village population of 10,693 is a fact. Twelve thousand — especially when counting the university crowd — is an outright exaggeration.

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