Yates town supervisor seeks to serve public for no gain – a radical concept for some

Posted 9 February 2016 at 12:00 am


Thank you, Karen Jones. Had it not been for your defense of Jim Simon’s integrity, I might not have looked at Susan Campbell’s appallingly cynical letter questioning the motives of Simon, the Yates Town Supervisor and SOS member.

Ms. Campbell even suggests that Simon may be on the payroll of some mysterious shadow conspiracy group! Perhaps The Concerned Citizens of Orleans County are paying him!

There are obviously people who cannot comprehend those who do what they do, and take the positions they take, for no other reason than a desire to do what they think is right. I owe nothing to Mr. Simon and have spoken with him a grand total of 10 minutes in my lifetime. It would not surprise me for an instant if Mr. Simon was, for all intents and purposes, a relatively selfless man.

For Ms. Campbell to say that he surely does not represent the people of the Town of Yates begs two questions. For one, what do repeated survey results tell us about what the people of Yates think? Secondly, what does a successful write-in campaign for Supervisoragainst a popular incumbent Republicantell us about what the people of Yates think?

Ms. Campbell sounds like any number of disaffected citizens who want to “take their government back” when elections and the democratic process produce results they disagree with.

Sincerely yours,

Gary F. Kent, a.k.a. Don Quixote