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Out of touch

March 21, 2012 - John D'Agostino
On Tuesday, elections were held in a number of villages.

No surprise here — many of those residents do not vote and many of those races are unopposed. One race — for mayor — was won by 36 votes in Cherry Creek. The result — 50-14. Sixty-four people voted over nine hours — or seven people hitting the polls per hour.

What a waste of time and money. Sixty-four people is not a government democracy, even if it is an organization or a volunteer fire company.

And just who are the leaders we are electing? They are, in many cases, the only ones who want the hassle of running a broken-down system that has no hope because their municipality’s tax burdens are already too high.

Others also are out of touch with reality like Lou Delmonte, who won a Sheridan supervisor election in 2009. When contacted last week on the critical NRG issue facing Dunkirk and Chautauqua County, his first response was: "Why are you calling me?"

Our newspaper called you, Mr. Delmonte, only because some of the town residents attend or pay Dunkirk schools taxes and because NRG is the largest county taxpayer and some of their employees may be living in your town.

Of course, Delmonte is one of those leaders who is absent during crucial votes, such as the last town budget meeting.

Oh well, he was — like others — elected. But that does not mean that he or many others are capable of serving those they represent.


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