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It’s time to get rid of all the foolish antics


Alexandria Bay has always been known for zany and outlandish behavior. Our politics are a prime example of foolishness.

The village board has been concerning itself with the raising of chickens within the village. If six chickens are allowed, there is concern that this would result in a whole menagerie of animals. I would make the argument that its already too late.

Just look at the town board and the list of prospective candidates. There already exists a strutting, crowing rooster, a complete jackass and a multitude of greedy pigs. While these was concern over the noise level resulting from six chickens, no one seems too concerned with the senseless racket coming from this so-called exhibit of democracy in action.

These local elections are anything but democratic. The truth is skewed; facts are few and far between; any dissenting opinion is squashed.

Freedom to express one’s opinion either vocally or in writing is downright frowned upon. Our local paper has a section titled “Where the sun sets.” It should be called “Where the sun doesn’t shine.”

Voters are being kept in the dark and fed nonsense by power-hungry maniacs. We are treated like mushrooms. Also, if one dares to object, they are repeatedly told to “stick it where the sun don’t shine.”

While there is justifiable outrage over health insurance for elected officials, there should be more outrage against those who choose to manipulate the situation for their non-financial gain. Mr. Thomson is arguably the largest drain on the local taxpayers.

He has been underassesed on property taxes, water rates, etc., for years. He has benefited more from the local taxpayer, than anyone else. Zoning is nonexistant at times for his projects and the township seems to be under his rule whether he sits on a board or not.

In short, he is the lord of the manor. His group of mouth pieces and yes-men are those which he can control and use to his own gain.

While it can be argued that he does things to improve and further the town’s economic gain, the cost to the taxpayers outweighs the gains. Besides, should one person and his hand-picked motley crew be given full rein?

Who will consider our vision of what this township should be economically? Until the people of this township wake up and figure out who the real drains on our tax dollar are, we will forwever be at the mercy of despots, tryants, and complete idiots.

Idiots who somehow think that a small town board seat is to be used as a launch pad into the larger political scene. It’s one thing to be a large fish in a small pond; the same fish will be eaten alive out in the seas.

Let’s get representatives who have no other agenda but to serve the good of all, who have half a brain and are willing to understand that true deomcracy involves all the peole and, yes, compromise.

Cindy Sourwine


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