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The Sun letter to the editor: Nobody is right if everybody is wrong

Editor:
After watching last night’s Hamburg Town Board reorganization meeting, I was reminded of the words to the classic Buffalo Springfield song “For What It’s Worth.”

They go like this: “Battle lines’ being drawn. Nobody’s right, if everybody’s wrong. Young people speaking their mind. Getting so much resistance from behind. Think it’s time we stop; hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down.”

While I was seldom in attendance at the classic WZC battles of the previous four years, from comments being made last night, the WQP-J battle of last night looked familiar to some veteran observers.

I realize, politically, some payback for the last few years must be dealt.

Still, I was amazed at the bitter infighting over non-paying assignments; I do not know the back stories, but it seemed like a lot of time and energy was being spent trying to include and exclude certain people from assignments. Not knowing who the players are, it was difficult to keep track on my scorecard.

Anyway, I would offer this: Repair the councilwoman’s mic, so that she can be heard. Even using her “teacher voice” we, in the peanut gallery, were able to only hear the shrillness, and not the substance.

Increase the size of the board by two more members (preferably Conservatives), because what was on display last night was a three-person lesson in uncivilized civics. It was akin to watching the two jaws of a vice slowly squeezing together.

I’ve always been convinced that downsizing of the board has not been in the taxpayers’ best interest, and last night was a prime example.

Finally, to the students in attendance, I apologize for not getting you out of there earlier. The pained looks on your faces said it all.

Lou McDonald
Deputy mayor
Blasdell
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