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LETTERS: Cooperation may not work

— I do not reside in the town of Lysander, but I pay taxes to the town because I own property there. I have been reading the articles on making the town highway superintendent an appointed position. I have some thoughts I would like to share with the voters of the town.

What if the various governments (two towns, maybe village) find out they can’t work together and disagree on who has the final say as to this position? What if in the next election all new members are elected to the town board? In both of these instances, the town board could decide that consolidation isn’t working the way they wanted it to. They decide to go back to having their own superintendent. Are they going to give back your right to vote on this position? I think not.

I wonder why the town board decided to go after an elected position instead of trying to consolidate services (i.e. engineers, attorneys, etc.) or appointed positions. I feel that they should start out small and see if the various governments can work together. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

I would hate to see someone give up their right to vote and in the future find out they got nothing in exchange.

Kathy Rode is a resident of Sterling.

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