To the Adirondack Journal:
Under the leadership of Horicon Town Supervisor Ralph Bentley, he has taken the town from an unsafe, floor heaving, out-dated old town hall, to a modern, efficient new town hall. He has also led and played a major role in developing the new and efficient much-needed high-technology highway garage for the town. Residents should be extremely proud because this building is second to none. These are two very high-dollar accomplishments — and yet he still managed to keep taxes down.
There was a lapse of time when town Highway Superintendent Gerald Granger left office and his replacement, Paul Smith started in the post. During this time, Ralph Bentley and town councilman Frank Hill stepped up and were at the highway department every morning with work instructions, but not once did I see Bob Olson, Bentley’s challenger in this election.
First of all, I am proud to be the foreman and a town employee and thankful for my job. Over the years I've been involved in several labor contract negotiations. Ralph Bentley and most of the town board members have negotiated with respect and class, win or lose. We the employees knew in winter we probably wouldn't be home for most holidays and have to work endless hours, sometimes working 30 plus hours before getting home. Yes, we do get paid for the time we work. But when negotiating with Bob Olson for a raise he told me if I wanted more money, to put my wife to work. Real classy, Bob.
No, I'm not a good old boy — I guess I have only lived here for 23 years. During the last four years as foreman I have dealt with Ralph Bentley on many highway issues. One thing I can tell you for sure is all residents were treated equal and fair.
Jack Ellis Baker, Horicon