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Letter: Stunned by Letter to Editor

I was stunned on seeing a recent letter to the editor. As I read I had a feeling of deep despair creep over me for in that letter were the details of a plot by a group, Four Years 4 Glen Cove, to hijack the city government by eliminating the wasteful two-year terms to have officials serve for four, yes four years. And the letter went on to imply that this attempt to derail the political patronage system was massively funded by a few persons.  

Well, you can imagine my dismay. I was so caught up by this revelation that I followed the published link to the damning evidence, preserved on the New York State web site http://www. elections.state.ny.us/DisclosureReports.html, to see for myself this reportedly egregious plot.

Can you imagine my surprise and consternation upon opening the link to the Committee – Four Years 4 Glen Cove – to find a gigantic list of 16 donors? And they had raised in one month the unbelievably massive sum of $1,540 (fifteen hundred and forty dollars). Even more disturbing was the amount donated by the first name listed in that letter; a senior citizen who had donated the fantastic sum of 2500 cents. Unreal. How could she even consider such a thing?

As I perused the list my heart stopped, for at the top of the list, and one of the largest donors, was a name that I recognized, a name not singled out for recognition (and why not I asked) by the writer, and that name was Glenn Howard.  Well they had listed the person noted as donating twice, which turned out to be the person chairing the committee who obviously put the money where her honest belief was, supporting what she believed in. Really now, can anyone imagine such a thing?  Finally, and the worst blow, were the two long time businesses in Glen Cove who donated, believing that a more efficient government is a benefit to businesses. How naïve!

Having learned the worst, or so I thought, I looked at all of the registered organizations in Glen Cove listed on this site and was again flabbergasted. The letter writer turned out to be the donor of the largest amount of money (50 percent above any other in the list) in the first six months of 2010 for a well known political party. How could this be? A political supporter fighting to keep his party to a two-year term and to risk themselves being booted in the middle of their program plans? Mind  boggling.   

As I analyzed the list I began to see the “rationale?” for this tactic. The new Committee had raised over $1,500 in a month while the political party with over 40 donors had barely raised $3,600 in six months, and the leader of that party was not on the list.  

Imagine, an upstart group with the power to outperform an established political party. Uncertainty of the future, fear, panic. If we lose in the next election, and the electorate re-elects the current government if they continue to do a good job, then we will have to wait four years to try get in again. We might even have to actively participate. And what if the taxpayers start looking at their pocketbook?  What can we do to stop this?

Man-O-man, I finally understood and sympathized. I mean, why would anyone want a more efficient, stable, practical and functional government if it meant waiting two extra years to challenge the incumbents and to impose your rule. Are you kidding me? Damn the inefficiency. Full speed ahead.

Still, I do feel left out, having been deselected for the hit list and made to feel like chopped liver, (which by the way is very good if properly prepared and served with the correct accoutrements.)

Glenn Howard, Jr.