Wouldn’t it be nice to have a small businessman represent our town and county? Mr. Ben Loma is a contractor/builder who deals with zoning and planning issues and uses subcontractors and employees to get work done. He would give more diversity of opinion for better results.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a board member who lives and works in the south half of Newbold, a more central location in the more populated part of Newbold? The coffee is always on at his model home/office, and he’s willing to talk to constituents. Unity and harmony among residents are attainable goals.
Wouldn’t it be nice to vote for a candidate who doesn’t give himself a pay raise at every turn? His two town opponents voted for and got a pay raise. Keep in mind that there are 2,000 delinquent properties and $3 million in uncollected property taxes in Oneida County. Freezing of wages are all budget items that make more sense.
Wouldn’t it be nice for the town board to take interest in helping promote more opportunities? At the Feb. 9 Newbold Town Board meeting, Mr. Loma asked that the town board eliminate, reduce, defer or suspend a town fee ($200) charged to a new small business seeking a county conditional use permit (many towns in Oneida County do not charge a fee). The town board criticized Mr. Loma for being too patriotic, and turned down his request. This is a sad situation for those wanting to start a small business in this tough economy.
In essence, we need a person who is a good measuring stick for life in the Northwoods. A small businessman knows when times are getting better, and when newcomers (young and old) are enabled to live and prosper without the undue shackles of government. Call Ben Loma and thank him for giving us a clear choice for the next town and county supervisor in the April election. Care enough to vote!
Tom Morken, Newbold