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Response to your Aug. 24 editorial

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:

I am writing this as a response to the editorial that was run by the Skaneateles Press on Aug. 24. I would like to add to that editorial with some additional information that I feel was overlooked.

The Skaneateles Republican Party has put forth a full slate of competent and dedicated candidates for the upcoming elections on Nov. 8. Two longtime residents had submitted letters of intent to secure the endorsement of the Republican Party for a position on the town board.

I have known Nancy Murray since I was 9 years-old, and understand that she is working diligently and cooperatively across party lines for the betterment of our town. It was based on this information that I humbly chose not to crowd the field.

A last minute withdrawal by one of the potential candidates left the rest of us with insufficient time to contemplate entering the race. I respect that individual’s decision as it was based on family concerns.

We will have contested races for town justice and for the Onondaga County legislature. I believe Kathy Dell has served our community well in her capacity as town justice and look forward to her being re-elected for another term. Mike Plochocki is running in a contested race for the county legislature and I believe he will also represent us well.

I would like to challenge the editor’s suggestion that “not one local resident” is attending the meetings of our various boards. The last time I saw Cliff Abrams he told me to “keep an eye on those rascals.” A trip to almost any of the village or town meetings will find Jim Lanning watching, listening, and learning. This includes Planning, Zoning, Municipal, Historical, and Conservation to name a few. This is on top of my duties as a proud member of the Town Zoning Board. The greatest enemy of Democracy is apathy. You will find no apathy here.

JIM LANNING

PUBLIC SERVANT

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