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It's fascinating to me that politicians who work for us, the taxpayers, don't seem to take into consideration what is in our best interest.

On Nov. 6, the voters of Cheektowaga voted down, 73 percent to 27 percent, the additional funding necessary for the proposed municipal golf course.

Seventy-three percent of all the voters who braved the elements that day came to the decision that they would rather spend $1.9 million on funding for other services that would benefit the community.

Our educational system is in dire need of monies as are our police and fire forces.

Where do our priorities lie? Are they with a golf course that will probably only be used at most five months out of the year, or with a better equipped, better manned police force, increased educational services or a whole host of other services that will benefit the needs of the many, rather than the few?

Besides the taxpayers being harmed by increased taxes, if the town board attempts to push through this golf course, the landowner also will be cheated out of much money.

This in turn will cost the taxpayers money in the long run because of lawsuits brought against the town.

Can we just stand by and let elected government officials take away our land for whatever whim they decide is of interest to them? If they can condemn this parcel of undeveloped land, who can stop them from condemning any property that they may want to acquire?

The right to vote is an inalienable right granted to us by the Constitution but what good is that right if the rules of the game change to benefit those with the most authority.


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