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We failed the village

In making my personal decision on the nature of Keeseville, I am reminded of the words of the writer Thomas Paine, who said “these are the times that try men’s souls.” I am also guided by the words of Patrick Henry, who said “I know not what course others may take but as for me. . “

Well, rightly or wrongly, I intend to vote for Keeseville, may she live long and prosper. Like a beautiful and good woman that has been abused and neglected, if given a chance, she can, like the Phoenix, rise from the ashes of neglect and bloom again and in doing so, regain the affection and respect of all its citizens. This is the least we can do for our home.

I support the Village as a living concept that stands by itself-separate from all the Village Boards or Towns-that carries with it the weight of history, tradition, community self determination, and identity. This all deserves to be preserved.

Phil Reines, Keeseville

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