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MAKE REYNOLDS DOCUMENT PENSION BEFORE ELECTION

As the saying goes: "Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely." In the excellent commentary by Donn Esmonde, the arrogance of prolonged power is evidenced again, i.e., the pension grab by State Assemblyman Tom Reynolds.

He has been granted time to produce the necessary documentation. Conveniently, the deadline is December 31. But he is set to run for Congress in the gerrymandered, heavily Republican district of Rep. Bill Paxon in the November elections.

The question poses itself -- should not Reynolds be forced to produce this documentation by November 1? He has the means to do so.

To paraphrase an elder statesman of journalism, H.L. Mencken: "The average American voter is the only animal born to be skinned twice."

We should try to shed that label by clamoring for timely documentation before Reynolds is given the opportunity to enter Congress.

John J. Riedy East Aurora

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