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Why not a radio debate?

October 4, 2012

Election Day is a little more than a month away.

The two candidates running for the one seat on the Tusten Town Board have such differing opinions and ideas on how to lead our township at a crucial time in the growth of Tusten, I suggest a radio debate sponsored by either WJFF or WVOS where similar questions are asked to the candidate’s opinions regarding the following four current topics:
1. Each candidate’s opinion of drilling and high impact uses in their township.
2. Each candidate’s opinion of current zoning and comprehensive plans in their township.
3. Taxes and what ideas that each candidate has to keep them in check.
4. Plans and concepts that each candidate has sponsored for their township and how they have worked out.

Or, a written “quasi-debate,” where a newspaper asks each candidate the same four or five questions and publishes the candidates’ responses such as one local paper did last year prior to the 2011 elections with plenty of lead time so that the electorate has a chance to understand not only the differences between each candidate, but to make an informed decision on November 13.

The election is not a popularity contest but rather a chance for the electorate to choose the best person to lead Tusten forward and, in addition, that elected person should be capable of working with current town board members to make our town a better place to live while at the same time protecting the health, safety and welfare of its citizens.

Tony Ritter
Narrowsburg, NY