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Letter to the Editor: Setting the record straight

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By Ashley Manley
East Carbon City


Like many other proud residents of East Carbon City, I was appalled and offended by the content of a letter that was distributed in the early morning hours of Election Day. Like others, I was shocked that the Mayor of our city would be the author of such a defamatory letter. Not only was this letter an outright abuse of power but it also personally attacked me and my family. Because of this, I'd like to take an opportunity to set the record straight for the residents of East Carbon and Sunnyside.

First, I didn't shut the reservoir down. The decision to close the reservoir was made by many people-not me. In reality, the reservoir was closed due in large part to the misuse and pollution of the reservoir by patrons who abused it. It was an unpopular decision but necessary for the health and safety of our water supply.

Second, for almost twenty years, I have been employed by landowners to manage their property. These landowners lawfully paid for and purchased this mountain property. Let's put ourselves in their shoes for a minute and imagine if someone repeatedly came into and trashed your home or private property. Wouldn't you want to put a stop to it?

The Mayor's letter says that I am out to "call the cops on our kids and stop people from enjoying the reservoir and the campground." That is not true. I know people have a hard time with me asking them not trespass on private land that is not theirs but I'm doing my job. I know it's unpopular-but it's my job.

In addition, as for my other job, at Sunnyside Cogeneration, it seems strange to me that the Mayor continually has spoken of bringing industry to East Carbon and Sunnyside but then turns around and criticizes the two industries that provide steady income to the cities and employment opportunities for residents. Now, I wish the Mayor would have done his job instead of abusing his office and the privileges associated with it to make unsubstantiated claims. Instead of blaming the city's problems on other people, Mr. LaFontaine should have used his office to remedy our city's problems and not perpetuate them.

The residents of East Carbon deserve more out of their leaders than what has been exhibited by Mr. LaFontaine. Anyone that would disparage and defame citizens that are willing to serve this great city, and then stoop lower and attack their families should be ashamed of themselves.

Lastly, if Mr. LaFontaine had something to say about the candidates he should have chosen a more appropriate platform instead of misusing city resources and sneaking around in the middle of the night.

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