To the Editor:
I was unable to attend the candidates debate at the village library, but I read the Gazette’s report on the forum with great interest. As I read the article I was struck by Dr. Schmidt’s condemnation of the Mayor’s decision “to accept” government health insurance benefits and Trustee Slippen’s comment that it is easy for others to judge the Mayor’s decision without having had the same “opportunity” offered them.
I see it a little differently. The Mayor did not “accept” “the opportunity” of receiving health insurance—the Mayor, in concert with our former Village Manager, engineered it! The facts are very clear, and clearly damning. When Obamacare kicked in, the Mayor saw an “opportunity” to obtain a personal benefit for his “volunteer” public service and then claimed to be working 30-32 hours a week; a work schedule that conveniently qualified the Mayor for health coverage, but is (i) inconsistent with our model of local government (employing a full time Manager) and (ii) incredible and preposterous on its face. No Ms. Slippen, obtaining health care benefits at taxpayer expense was not an “opportunity” offered our Mayor—this was a opportunity the Mayor worked and schemed to exploit (with the help of some and silence of others, but that is another letter).
And, although Dr. Schmidt condemns the Mayor’s efforts to exploit his volunteer public service position for personal benefit, for me there a more troubling, sinister aspect to the story: The facts are now clear that the Mayor tried to cover up his scheme to get free health care. It’s sad, but true.
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