Election gives residents a voice in nursing home fate

Posted 28 October 2013 at 12:00 am


After three years of attempts to scare the people with exaggerated figures and “Truth in Taxation” tax bills, the people of Orleans County may still be confused, even if County leaders haven’t succeeded in scaring them.

First, all incumbent legislators support the sale of “The Villages of Orleans.” These five include Donald Allport, David Callard, William Eick, Lynne Johnson and Henry Smith, Jr. Chairman Callard has no opponent in this election, but the others do.

All the candidates endorsed by the non-partisan Concerned Citizens of Orleans County oppose the sale. They include Fred Miller, Emil Smith, Linda Rak, David Schult, Jack Gillman and Gary Kent. Emil Smith is a registered Conservative, and four of the candidates have conservative backing. Linda Rak is a registered Republican supported by The Concerned Citizens.

We do not know where John DeFillips and Kenneth DeRoller stand on selling what belongs to the people of Orleans County. We do know that their opponents – Jack Gillman and David Schult – are against the sale.

The outcome of the Nov. 5 election could determine what happens to “Our” Orleans County Nursing Home.Though personalities are involved, it is the closest we will get to the referendum we were denied.

Bob and Marie Rice