Valley Viewpoints: Time for a change

by Rita Hooper of Fulton

I’ve lived in this county for 40 years. It has been a Republican County for those 40 years and long before that I understand.

For years, folks have said we have too many people on welfare, too much is being spent on Medicaid, our taxes are too high, there is way too much unemployment, and my children get educated here but can’t find jobs so they leave…

We have survived Republican and Democrat administrations at the state and national level. The only thing that doesn’t change is the reality that Oswego County remains a heavily Republican county.

I, for one, can’t understand why there were only three Republicans willing to stand with the Democrats to vote against awarding the contract to Info Quick Solutions for imaging services needed at the county clerk’s office. IQS was not only the highest bidder but fared lowest on an overall rating done by a committee of legislators picked by County Administrator Phil Church.

I question whose money the county legislature is looking after.

This issue has dragged on way too long with charges and counter charges too convoluted to go into in this letter. Read past Valley News articles on this to learn the details for yourself.

I’m an unabashed Democrat, I love my adopted county that my kids call home, but I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in what I’ve seen happening in this county.

Amy Tresidder has been a vocal Democrat fighting for all of us in the county legislature.

She states if it doesn’t smell right to you – it probably doesn’t smell right to her.

Our county isn’t smelling too good me anymore. She asks the questions all of us want answers, too.

Mrs. Tresidder is running for state Senate this year. I would hate to see her leave her position as county legislator but I know she will do a terrific job for us in the state Senate.

I hope my Republican friends will check the record of both Mrs. Ritchie and Mrs. Tresidder and see who falls in with your thinking and who has worked for you. See where their funding comes from and ask yourself: “Why?”

Remember the expression: follow the money. Step out of your comfort zone and pull that Democrat lever this fall. What have you got to lose?

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