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A Ms. Geiger recently wrote into these pages proclaiming Mr. Sussman as a hero. Unfortunately she like many other Port residents have never been to a school board meeting. Only then could she understand the polarizing effect Mr. Sussman has on this community.

Mr. Sussman's way, has always been to tell half truths and to make personal attacks in order to get his way. Such was the case during last year's debate over the proposed School Bond. Then in concert with Mr. Zimmerman (with whom he is now, not surprisingly at odds) he offered up his so-called "Common Sense Plan," his low cost alternative to the bond, which would provide exactly the same services as the proposed bond. I haven't seen hide nor hair of the "Common Sense Plan" from our "construction expert" since the bond went down to defeat in May. Could that be because as I wrote on these pages, back in the spring, Mr. Sussman just could not do what he said he could in the "Common Sense Plan", for the price he said he could do it for?

It seems that the high school is still estimated to cost $20 million a far cry from the $7 million in the "Common Sense Plan."

Many who opposed the initial bond stated that it did not represent all the voices in the community. Well, Ms. Geiger there are voices in this community that would like to see our children get the best possible education within financial reason and not just that our taxes are kept as low as possible. Is your hero listening to that part of the community?

Is Mr. Sussman still your hero if he proposes a bond of $50 million that goes against the educators and administrators of our town?

Robert Harnick


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