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LETTERS: Town’s move is a power grab

— To the editor:

I have had a connection to the Town of Lysander and the Highway Department for 55 years. In that time, I have never heard so much uncertainty.

I grew up in a time when American History was taught – the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Founding Fathers, etc. The voting age was 21 years old. My grandfather told us to do our homework and find out which candidate we thought would be best for the job. Now our Supervisor and Town Board want to take that privilege away.

Is this the American Way? Do they really think they are more qualified to choose than we voters?

They say this will be more cost effective, yet they haven’t shown how they are saving us money. They also talk about consolidation, but with three unions involved, does anyone think this will happen?

This is a power grab. The board already controls the purse strings. They either approve or disapprove the highway budget. An elected official must live in the town but an appointed one does not have to. An elected official does not receive any overtime pay; an appointed one could.

Please keep our highway superintendent position an elected one. God bless the USA and our right to vote for the candidate of our choice.

Jelenne Cook resides in Phoenix.

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