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Obligated to speak out

To the Times of Ti:

We would like to thank all the folks in Crown Point, Ticonderoga and Port Henry who have called or stopped us to say thank you for putting into words what they’re thinking but don’t know how to set down on paper. We appreciate your kind thoughts and support. Your personal stories of interactions with Supervisor (Bethany) Kosmider both before and after her election have been enlightening.

We have been asked what it is that keeps our passion alive to continue to write letters to the editor on the issue of our loss of the right to vote in Crown Point. To us the answer is simple and basic. It is inherent in all of us to speak up when something is so blatantly wrong. If we allow someone to go unchecked after taking away from us something so precious and hard-won they will sense the apathy and disinterest and it will be easier the next time for them to repeat that wrong. To paraphrase George Santayana: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. It is time for the silent majority to become not so silent.

Leaders are expected to present themselves at a higher level. It is sad that our present supervisor feels so insecure and ineffectual as a leader that she must rely on threats, intimidation and sneaky tricks to get the town’s business done. Is this the kind of leadership we expect for Crown Point? Fortunately, there is an election coming up soon. Until that election it is important for us to keep fresh in the memory of the citizens of Crown Point the issue of the usurpation of our right to vote on issues that directly impact our lives.

We thank you again for your praise and encouragement. Be assured we will be writing again as November comes closer. Lest we forget.

Harold and Nancy Spaulding

Crown Point

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