To The Editor:
Help wanted? Yes. St. Lawrence County needs help, starting with a brand new county Legislature. The Legislature just wants to rubber-stamp anything that comes out of Albany or Washington, D.C. (whether Democrat or Republican) that costs county residents more money. The countys current budget is $235 million. It was $164 million in 2004. A good book for anyone entering politics (or in politics) is Alexis de Tocquevilles book Democracy in America (social democracy, not political, and the country was the envy of the world, where the people in the states and counties solved their problems by volunteers working through churches and civic groups, not costing the residents in taxes, keeping taxes low and the state and county provided the base - limited - government).
The current chairman of the Legislature, Jonathan Putney, says the state should fully fund the mandates it issues (costing his neighbors more money in taxes) to the counties. Mandates are Communist ideas. Its not the states job to tell the counties what to do. Likewise, the county shouldnt be telling towns what to do, and the federal government shouldnt be telling states what to do. The reason that Mr. Putney says the state should fully fund mandates is because he is bought and paid for with a public-sector job that pays very well, thanks to his neighbors and other state residents. So Mr. Putney looks at his neighbors as an endless source of money.
Throughout the history of this country, many Democrats and Republicans have had good incomes like Mr. Putney has, have held elected positions as Mr. Putney has, and turned their pay back to the town and county treasury or to civic groups and charities. So my question is: does Mr. Putney turn his pay over to civic groups and charities to help the poor as a real Democrat, or does he keep it to pay his soaring property and school taxes?
In closing, Mr. Putney should resign and take this current Board of Legislators with him because all they want is to fight among themselves, Democrats and Republicans, and blow smoke in the eyes of their neighbors and use mirrors to show they are concerned, or slobber over the governor or president as their hero, instead of serving their honorable neighbors who have elected them in the first place.