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I don’t know who is more irresponsible, the Watertown Daily Times or Lewis County legislators, over the proposed appointment of Brian Wohnsiedler for Lewis County manager.

The Watertown Daily Times never misses the opportunity to print dirt about Mr. Wohnsiedler’s handling of funds for Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation. But they have never printed anything indicating they have spoken to Mr. Wohnsiedler and getting his side of the story.

However, they do indicate the agency has followed Mr. Wohnsiedler’s plan to get them out of the financial situation that our great state and politicians put the agency into. An audit has cleared Mr. Wohnsiedler of any wrongdoing.

And if anyone has read any audit reports of any school, agency or government facility, you would see that they all have been cited with many of the same practices and shortcomings. It has only been in the past few years of our government’s not trusting its citizens and requiring multiple audits (at a great expense to the school, agency or government office) that cite them for past practices.

Who is making the accusations against Mr. Wohnsiedler? Jefferson County legislator Mike Behling appears to be leading the attack.

But the Watertown Daily Times fails to mention that Mr. Behling was dismissed from his position at Dulles State Office Building a few years ago for improper behavior in the workplace.

Why hasn’t a reporter checked your archives and reprinted this story? Why does Mike Behling have such a high moral character now to be quoted as condemning another who has been doing an exemplary job for the farmers in Jefferson County?

Why hasn’t the Watertown Daily Times quoted what the farmers think of Mr. Wohnsiedler’s performance? Why hasn’t the Watertown Daily Times quoted any views of other Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation dirtectors besides Mr. Behling?

Why would Lewis County legislators announce Mr. Wohnsiedler’s expected appointment without checking his references? Or was this more “dirt” published by the Watertown Daily Times?

Mr. Paul Stanford raised the issue at the last board meeting, saying there were more qualified candidates. Are they from Lewis County?

Or don’t the taxpaying citizens of Lewis County qualify for county positions? Shouldn’t Lewis County’s legislators give Mr. Wohnsiedler a chance to prove himself?

For the mess our county is in, perhaps this is the fix we need. For sure, if Mr. Wohnsiedler were to accept the position, if it were offered, he would be watched through a high-powered microscope.

Cyanne Storms


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