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Vote ‘no’ on Saratoga charter change

Friday, October 26, 2012
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Vote ‘no’ on Saratoga charter change

The proponents of the charter change, “vote Yes,” have with a stroke of genius encapsulated the entire argument for both sides when they put the words smarter, faster, cheaper and government on the same sign. This is an oxymoron of Marxian (that’s Groucho, not Karl) proportions. Lest you think these fun-loving phrasemakers are only interested in brightening our days with their ubiquitous signs, let me assure you they have a dour side.

How else can you explain why they would deprive the taxpaying inhabitants of our fair city the biennial pleasure of watching 10 of our fellow citizens schlep themselves and their message from home to home, neighborhood to neighborhood. Instead of welcoming these potential leaders, we most often turn off the lights, hide the children and wait until they trudge away looking for someone who will give them the time of day and most likely tell them why they don’t like politicians.

For this, we pay them approximately $15,000 a year and with the price of gasoline today, it basically gives them the “bus money” to make it to all the community meetings they need to attend to get re-elected.

Now tell me these charter changers don’t have a sense of humor. Vote no.

Greg Wrobel

Saratoga Springs

German Fest: just good old-fashioned fun

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scotia had a wonderful German Fest on Oct. 14 with German food and German music by Victor Meister.

Sorry, Obama supporters. If his stimulus had worked better, maybe we wouldn’t have had to raise money for two ministries that feed more and more people each month.

Sorry, Romney supporters. Many of the people who organized and worked on the event were part of those mooching 47 percenters. You know, the “gimme, gimme” people Mitt spoke of, that he knows would never vote for him. He has part of that right!

What the event did was to gather members of the local Scotia community together for a good cause. No emailing, tweeting or texting. Just good, old-fashioned people-to-people talking and smiling. Nothing like it.

Try it; it is good for your soul and (in this crazy election time) your sanity.

Janice Walz

Scotia

 
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