Politicians don’t want you to remember the stupid things they’ve done. They want you to forget about their boneheaded mistakes and vote for them anyway.
On a national level, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both playing that game. So are Chris Christie and Jeb Bush.
On a local level, the Republicans in the Town of Sweden are playing that game too. They want you to vote for them just because they are Republicans, not because of what they have done.
Because if you look at what the Republicans on the Sweden Town Council have done, it isn’t a pretty picture.
Here is a list of “Remember” topics submitted to atombash.com by a town resident. Sweden voters might want to think about these topics before they go to the polls in November.
Additional details about first “Remember” topic – Senior Center – are provided below. Details about the other “Remember” topics will be provided in future articles.
- Senior Center
- Brockport ambulance
- Pay raises
- Court audit by NYS
- Broke the Tax Cap
- New Year’s Eve vote
- Closure of the Sweden Recycling Center
- Vacant new Fire Station
- Fire District
- Library District vote
- Judges: (drunk, missing money, dismissing slumlord cases, etc.)
- Missing parking tickets
- Sex with employees
- Buddy Lester on payroll (despite conviction for failing to file his taxes)
- Tax abatements
- Benefits for attorney, council members, part-timers
- Party attorney/town attorney conflict of interest
- Slumlord relationship with council members
- Salaries of council members
Sweden Senior Center
Last year, the Sweden Town Council came close to closing the Sweden Senior Center. They cut funding to almost nothing, and they voted to change the name from the Sweden Senior Center to The Center.
At the time, Supervisor Rob Carges said that the name of the center “has got to go” because the younger people in the town don’t utilize the center because they see it only as a place for seniors.
Duh! That is what the Senior Center was created for, to serve Senior Citizens. So let the younger people use the under-utilized Community Center on top of the hill. That’s why it was created.
But then on October 14, 2014 a group of senior citizens, led by Lori Skoog, showed up at the Town Council meeting and presented the Town Council with a petition signed by 1,025 people seeking support for the Senior Center. That night, the Town Council agreed to add $25,000 to the town budget for the Senior Center.
The members of the Town Council could see the writing on the wall.
In the 2013 town election in Sweden for Supervisor, there were 1,456 votes cast, and Rob Carges got 1,076 of them. The 1,025 signature on the petition to save the Sweden Senior Center represent 70.4% of the votes cast in that election, and 95% of the votes for Rob Carges. That is more than enough votes to swing an election in the Town of Sweden.
As for Rob Carges’ comment that the name of the center “has got to go” because the younger people in the town don’t utilize the center, it is pure nonsense.
The programs offered by the Sweden Senior Center are tailored to senior citizens, and younger people would probably not be interested in them at all.
Here are some of the activities listed in a calendar handout published by Sweden/Clarkson Recreation.
- Line Dancing
- Sit Down Lunch
- Wal-Mart trip
- Wegmans trip
- Blood pressure
- Goodwill – Dollar Tree trip
- Greece Ridge Mall trip
How many younger people in the Town of Sweden are the slightest bit interested in playing Bingo, playing Bridge, or playing Dominoes? How many younger people in the town are interested in going on a trip to Wegman’s, Wal-Mart or Goodwill in a van supplied by the Senior Center?
If you answered zero, you are probably correct.