Hardworking Committed Vol. FF said...Why is it that some people just don't seem to get the point of this blog?
This is not wasteful. These volunteers work very hard for the citizens they serve. The volunteer Fire Dept.'s in our town save countless tax dollars over having to pay for paid fire protection services. This is not open for conjecture, it is fact.
Some people on here are against anything and everything just for spite with an added twist of venom to boot.
It's a shame some are so hell bent on getting the powers that be out, that nothing is worthy of support even if it is for a good cause.
December 5, 2007 1:56:00 PM EST
We are not here to tell people how to vote on any issue. Quite frankly, our main concern is to encourage every eligible voter to register and then take the time to vote...period. However, we firmly believe that EVERYONE has the right to the facts so that they can make an 'informed' decision at the polls. We also firmly believe in democracy...the majority rules. It is when the minority becomes the majority through the use of intimidation, distortion of the truth and hiding facts...in other words by "cultivating" the spread of apathy...that democracy is threatened.
The Benefit Plan for the Willowvale Fire Dept. was initially discussed at the July 11, 2007 Town Board Meeting. It took until the end of November before the department decided to hold a public hearing and send out notices to taxpayers in the Willowvale Fire Company district. In fact, several Willowvale Fire District residents wrote to tell us that they did not receive the mailing with the date of the public hearing until after the hearing took place. We would be willing to bet that if Concerned Citizens did not write about the vote, there would be no meeting or mailing.
Why? If this is a good program and economically feasible for the majority of people living in this fire district, why would you try to "hide" the facts? Why would you take away the 'rights' of the taxpayers who will be asked to fund the program? If the program is good, get out and 'sell it to the people'. Here is the response we left on the same blog:
New Hartford, N.Y. Online said...Below are links to every blog that we have written about the vote for the Willowvale Fire Company Benefit Plan this Tuesday, December 11, 2007. Please let us know where we told anyone how to vote. We welcome your comments and criticism. We will post all comments sent to us as long as they are "printable".
Hardworking committed vol. ff,
It would appear that you are the one with venom. Not one word on this blog has said don't vote for the plan. Unlike the "official" town website, we do not advise anyone how to vote. That is up to every individual in the Willowvale Fire Dept. We merely brought information regarding the vote to the public.
The only thing we said was it is a shame that according to Councilman Payne at the last town board meeting the fire chief did not want to let people know about the vote.
The information we posted should have been brought to the taxpayer's attention by the Willowvale Fire Company; it should not have been news that needed to be 'broke' by us. If the Fire Company feel so strongly about the plan, give the people the information they need to make their own 'informed' decision.
December 6, 2007 8:11:00 AM EST
Willowvale Fire Co, Inc. Vote
Please, if you live in the Willowvale Fire District, just get out and vote. Your vote DOES count.
p.s. Criticism of Concerned Citizens will not make us go away...Our fan mail consistently out-numbers our critics.