One of our sitting president other lies, campaign promises, was to punish all those nasty companies who have taken their jobs overseas. Have I missed who he has gotten to yet???
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ask joe why he bought a coptor 3 yrs ago which has never been used. another lousy dummycrat.
BAB1957 - you had better read my post again. I said "propose a merger of ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT INTO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT" The take over of Silver Creek does not constitute a merger of ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT.
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Easy answer, and that is ONLY give those tax breaks to businesses that build their stuff HERE! As for raises, I did say most, not all. 2-3% raises over a 4 year contract while insurance contributions rise isn't much of anything. The main point is, why are we pushing to make EVERYBODY go DOWN in economic class instead of fixing the cause of the general downward slide, which is a lack of jobs.
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Christopher, I'm not taking exception with all you've said but not living in the Dunkirk/Fredonia area anymore I want to comment on a couple of things. I believe I've read in this forum a couple of instances where area public employees were given 2-3% pay raises while Carraige House and some others are pulling up stalkes for greener psastures. And the other thing I take exception to is the statement about changing laws to get corporations to come home to a better more friendly environment.Haven't you seen the news on TV and in "other" newspapers that 67% of American businesses don'r pay a dime (10 cents) in taxes. How in the name of all that's good can we be any friendlier???????????????????????
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Well unproud considering your very obvious mental deficiency and lack of any sense, I for one am glad he took them away from you. Leave the hate and drugs alone and there could be help for you.
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He took my guns away just because I'm a convicted felon. True, we insist that no new gun laws are needed and we're fine enforcing the laws that are on the books, but not when it negatively affects a TeaParty Republican! Help me get my guns back by voting Gerarce out of office!
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Relative to what Public Employees make, most have had little if any raises in quite some time, most have had large increases in insurance costs, and most of the services they provide are demanded by the tax payers. What's the solution? The Right Wing seem to think that everyone should work for $10 and hour, and that would solve everything. No, it will put the final nail in the coffin of the Middle Class, and that really IS the Right Wing agenda. The Democrats, on the other hand, want to make being poor as pleasant as possible, even in some cases living a tad better than the working poor. I think that about covers it. The solution is a return to prosperity fueled by laws that make it more profitable to make things here than elsewhere. Unless that happens, we're ALL done, in the entire country. That being said, I was talking about the election for Sheriff, nothing more.
Carlaw, talk about living in a "dream world" sweeping change in this county is not a fact but indeed a fancy, ask yourself this as a tax paying community member when will change come, answer only when taxpayer can't pay and then again maybe the answer is never
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I would think that even PC would have to agree that public workers (be it town, village, city, county, state, etc) are doing better by far than the avg blue collar private sector worker. In light of ALL local muni's revenue problems, many public workers are still receiving steady pay raises, comfortable incomes, and generous pensions, while their counterparts are not. This easily separate the 2 groups. We can't afford to keep supporting these costs, and as I said, the results are obvious.
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The grant for the boat, supplied by the Tooth Fairy, ONLY covered the BOAT, not the staffing and costs to operate forever after. Grants are always like that, and rarely a good deal financially, in the long haul, for things like that boat. Again, not reason enough o change my vote.
Grants, whether they're used for new programs, manpower, improved crime-fighting tools, etc are short-term sources of funding. After the grants are gone, property owners must fund the cost. The 2013 budget for Chaut Co was $230M, and I believe $24M of that was spent on the CCSD. Chaut Co is a relatively SMALL & POOR county with HUGE annual costs, and getting poorer each day w/the continual loss of jobs & businesses. The steady decline is pretty evident, so vote for whoever you like. It doesn't much matter anymore b/c the ones who are fed up have left or will leave, which will likely cause the decline to escalate.
I don't think he can be beat but I think a change would be good. He is set in his thinking. Sometimes a new broom sweeps cleaner. Sometimes a new boss makes a difference in employees also. They now have to prove themselves to a new leader. Certainly something to think about before voting.
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You don't hear the Sherriff talking about consolidation of law enforcement agencies. OMG! your deaf!!!!!! What do you call Silver Creek's patrol? He does speak about it and does it and supports it. Pleaseeeeeee! A decent honest family man that deserves our support. The pork someone spoke of, another pleaseeeeee! A grant, large one, to help cover the cost of boat patrol. Reduce deaths and injury on our waterways. Complaining about this shows me the intelligencia at work and POLITICS. What I have seen is the lack of support by a REPUBLIAN legislature cutting his budget to the bone. Must be Fox News has declared taxes to support law enforcement by non-Republicans as acceptable. Because that is what we have here in Chautauqua County. What in this county is Republican/Democrat, answer is "power". But the actual issues involve the citizens not the power available to a party. Bad, bad, bad!
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The bigger question is why we need seven full time law enforcement agencies in a county of only 133,000 residents. There is a lot of cost, duplication and waste in the current system but I don,t hear the Sheriff talking about it. Maybe he should take the lead and propose a merger of all law enforcement into the sheriff's department.
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A different person means NOTHING, Carlaw. It's all about proposals and details and specifics, none of which means much anymore and why our country and state are going to H E L L. Too many people voting strict party line with little if any concern for anything else. I haven't done that for at least the last 30 years.
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Actually, no, I haven't Carlaw. I have also actually registered more than a few complaints on these pages about the current Sheriff and his department, especially in regards to certain spending and functions, like that boat for "Homeland Security" (Pork, I call it) Whichever way I vote though, it won't be just because Payne is a Republican or Gerace is a Democrat. By the way, on top of the obvious differences in the economies of Chautauqua and Putnam counties, there's about a 40,000 difference in population, Chautauqua being larger. So, I'll vote when I have a LOT more information on those 2 candidates, and it won't include their party affiliation. So far, nothing from Payne but fluff. I'd like to see specific changes to budget and enforcement.
No, Rumble.When people keep doing things the same way over and over expecting change,in this case, (safety)it defines insanity. It up to you to vote for another direction and fresh set of eyes to solve problems and high cost.
And you haven't Paul? I was thinking of others. You should try it sometime! :)
we don't see anyone running and winning against Gerace, so he will be sheriff till he retires or dies which ever comes first....
Why would you need any Carlaw, you've already made up your mind who you're voting for.
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When will the Observer give the people any information about the Sheriff's opponent? How can the people make an informative choice with an information blackout?
There should be a "maybe" choice. If there's a better choice, and that goes for ANY political office, then of course the voters would be wise to "upgrade". If not, then why change. There's always going to be a transitional process with a new person that will at least temporarily effect efficiency negatively. Why vote in a new person unless there's a clear choice for operational differences?
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