In a time when politicians run as fast and as far as they can from tough issues, we should be congratulating Legislator Joseph Desmond for seeking an appointment to the thankless and difficult job of NFTA commissioner.
The vocalized criticism is that it would be a "conflict of interest" for him to serve as legislator and commissioner. Perhaps the animosity that's existed between the county and NFTA over the past decade has created the impression that the two entities serve different masters, that they are somehow irreconcilably opposed.
If they are, they shouldn't be. Both exist to serve the interests of county taxpayers. Mr. Desmond's appointment would serve, as he states, to "bridge" the two entities. That's the kind of interaction that might have prevented the recent bus and rail shutdown and all the negative national publicity we received as a result.
We would get this unification of interests along with Mr. Desmond's commitment to donate his $10,000 NFTA commissioner's salary to the county's library book fund. That's a home run, a touchdown and a hat trick in my book.
PATRICK M. KELLY