LETTERS: Quality people should retain vote

— Our Lysander supervisor, together with the Van Buren Supervisor and Baldwinsville mayor, are continuing the elected/appointed campaign to disrupt their respective highway and DPW organizations.

They have put forth copious amounts of exaggerated innuendo about unnamed past officials from unnamed places and unmentioned dates.

They have suggested that the voting public is only qualified to elect their respective board or council, but not the town clerk or highway superintendent.

They have suggested that the legal requirements for highway superintendent are so minuscule that only they can work past that and choose a qualified candidate for the job.

They have suggested that since Clay and Salina are both larger than us and have appointed highway superintendents, it must be a better, more modern thing to do.

They say that the elected, unpaid volunteer members of the various political parties are unqualified to even choose candidates for town clerk and highway superintendent.

I say that quality people can perform well in nearly any environment if they are free to act independently without undue influence from their sponsors.

I say that quality people can be found everywhere, particularly in the volunteer segment of our American society.

I say that quality people can be found running all 19 of our town highway and all 14 of our village DPW departments in Onondaga County.

I say that I’m still waiting to see the details of their promises as I, too, would embrace them if there was any practical possibility of success.

Gene Dinsmore is the Lysander Highway Superintendent.

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