Think before you vote in Ballston Spa
Recently the League of Women Voters released its Meet-the-Candidates video introducing and questioning the five candidates for the Ballston Spa Board of Trustees in the March 16 election. Despite clear instructions to avoid personal attacks, the video included a petty drama.
Two candidates, Benjamin Baskin and Shawn Raymond, brought up conflicts of interest regarding the other three. Two rivals, Sean Mulvaney and Robert Bush, Jr., are volunteer firemen with the Ballston Spa Fire Department. One rival, Mary Price-Bush, is the wife of the Ballston Spa police chief.
In response to this personal attack, all three rivals vigorously defended their loyalty to the village and their ability to recuse themselves if issues of conflict of interest arose.
Baskin and Raymond are members of a local political party led by Elizabeth Kormos, an incumbent village trustee.
CEO Kormos is the owner and president of the Kormos & Company corporation located in Ballston Spa. Its business is market study analysis which means it studies rundown and abandoned business sites under contracts with local communities.
Ballston Spa has several properties in need of redevelopment.
The expertise of CEO Kormos could benefit the community. As a trustee, however, she would be able to award contracts to her own corporation. Did Baskin and Raymond consider this scenario when they brought up potential conflict of interest by their rivals?
Candidates, who ignore meeting rules, disparage the community service of their rivals and insinuate rivals would be dishonest are not trustworthy. Think carefully before you vote.
Can we trust our own security personnel?
An estimated 14-20% of the Capitol rioters had a military or police background.
Many had been recruited by militia groups such as the Oath Keepers.
What does it bode for our country that such a number of those sworn to uphold the Constitution actively took part in an attempt to overthrow our democracy i.e. reverse a free election?
These closet insurrectionists have either swallowed the big lie (voter fraud) or are adherents to some aspect of Trumpian philosophy (white supremacy/racism, anti-immigration, deregulation, etc.)
The number of active military or police who may be closet insurrectionists raises a question about our country’s security.
If another uprising occurs and a number of active military or police charged with stemming the violence are sympathetic to the rioters’ cause, how can we be sure they will protect our government buildings and our citizens, especially elected officials, and that they will not join the rebellion?
Three basic steps to reduce this danger are:
1. Repeat the vetting of current active military and police, including their use of social media.
2. Screen recruits for ties to extremist groups, including their use of social media.
3. Encourage active military or police to report insurrection-leaning activities by other military or police.
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