To the Editor:
It happens every year in a political campaign: One of these political types finds some little tidbit from their opponent’s past life and uses it on them to discredit, no matter how small.
With freeholder candidate Bruce Peterson, it was a very minor, small detail about being up for consideration for the CCUA director’s position while being a county freeholder.
Turns out he withdrew from consideration after briefly exploring the idea. Do you think the voters would be interested in such mud? Seems the folks in charge of such matters seems to think so.
Now I have my own observations to share involving you, Lou.
Remember, at the 2003 year-end meeting of the county freeholder board, saying these words? “We are not in it (political office) for the money. But we are here because we have a passion for public service.”
If you do, then why in the world would you turn around and cause a firestorm by nearly refusing the finance committee chair in 2004 when it was assigned to you by then-Freeholder Director Jim Sauro? Because you didn’t feel right about it?
This isn’t the U.S. Congress, where party control decides committee chairmanships; this is supposed to be a county governance board, a local thing where teamwork is more sharing than the partisan poison that invades Washington, Trenton, Harrisburg and other places. Did you forget sharing control is part of the passion?
Did you forget lower-level governments are also about give-and-take? Your suggestion that litigation against Trenton for imposing increases on the salaries of constitutional officers shows a lack of attention to this. The state Legislature approved the mandated increases for constitutional officers (the county clerk, etc.) after clerk Gloria Noto filed a lawsuit against this county.
What about your so-called feud with county Prosecutor Ronald Casella because he was forced to file a lawsuit calling for new office space? Do you forget about teamwork, regardless of who’s in power?
And dear voters, do you like a passionate but polarizing personality for a freeholder? If having Mr.-MaGoo-types aren’t your thing, then you know what to do on Nov. 3.
GREGORY L. LANE Hopewell Twp.
Do Cumberland County voters want polarizing leaders?