To the editor:
You've got to be kidding.
I've just read the Nathan Brown article on Lake Placid mayor Craig Randall defending, not firing, the town clerk after the state comptroller's audit.
I do accounting for a small firm, I am not an accountant nor even a bookeeper. I do, however, know the difference between right and wrong. It is wrong to pay people for money that has not been earned. Now they've added the unlocked signature stamps to the mix to try to muddy the waters. I know corporations who would fire an employee for that negligence alone — how irresponsible can you be?
And yet, somehow, they are presenting this as an excuse? I've got to tell you, this is what is wrong with this country. CYA is another good acronym — and everyone elses' while you're at it. This is simply a blot on what this country is based on — George Washington and Thomas Jefferson must be turning over in their graves. Randall says he knew about these problems and that's why he ran for office. Now he is condoning it by saying the clerk wasn't qualified for the job? I am speechless in the face of this logic — better called illogic.
You, each working person out there who pays taxes, what do you think? Should they recoup this money — your taxes — from these people who did nothing to earn it? Tell me, what would your employer do if you collected this money for work you didn't perform? Wouldn't you be fired? Wouldn't you be brought up on criminal charges of theft? Am I being too harsh? I don't think so. I think this town is completely corrupt and everyone is scrambling to excuse it so their own thefts are not exposed.
I have never written a letter to the editor before. I don't even really know the whole story except what I've read in the last few papers. I only ask every taxpayer out there to think about the use of their tax dollars. Everything seems to be excused today, when it's political. Would it be excused in your job? Why do elected officials get judged by a different scale? It should be a higher standard, I think. Somehow, their standard has sunk below even the most basic honesty and seems to be accepted as the norm. Is this really something we want to accept?
We used to have pride in our country. Remember? It was 7th grade for me. Pride in what we accomplished and added to the world. Now? We seem so complacent to the corruption. It's rampant throughout the country. Does this make it acceptable? I don't think so.
Maybe now is the time to take a stand and remember what this country was based on. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Not the support of worthless political hacks. Initially they were volunteers. Now they are supported for the rest of their lives by us (for as little as one term). Are you? Something is very wrong and I think it is time to address it.