Niagara Gazette

Opinion

September 22, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Lewiston looking for real leadership

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Niagara Gazette — Part of leadership is to be accountable for one’s actions or inactions.

Passive negligence is negligence due to inaction, omission or failure to do something you are legally obligated to do. On taking the oath of office an individual agrees to administer all the responsibilities associated with that office. Part of those responsibilities is to ensure public property and money is overseen, managed and spent wisely. For years, Lewiston residents have publicly commented on the wasteful spending and questionable activity under federal and state investigation. Did any of these gentlemen fulfill their fiduciary responsibility? Where they intellectually curious enough to investigate? And on discovering wrongdoing did they display the courage, integrity and gravitas to correct the problem?

Certain members of the town board are attempting to convince residents they aren’t responsible for the wasteful spending or inaction when informed that public property was being used for personal gain. Iacocca notes when someone comes trying to convince of this, watch out.

We must all obey the great law of change, Edmund Burke wrote, it is the most powerful law of nature. Change, especially fundamental change, is always painful but in order to move forward and face new challenges it must be initiated. What these past four years have shown is Lewiston’s yearning for change.

Paulette Glasgow is a resident of Lewiston.

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