This letter is in response to the letter by Randolph Township Trustee Roger Klodt ("Trustee 'tired of loudmouth whiners,'" Record-Courier, Jan. 22).
In one letter you, Mr. Klodt, an elected official, have managed to call members of the Randolph community loudmouth, alien, liars and whiners who must be in a drug induced stupor because they dared to write anonymous letters with opinions that you don't agree with. Is it possible that these anonymous writers feared this would be your reaction and chose to be anonymous? We live in a country where people are encouraged to have opinions and have the right to express their opinions verbally or in writing, in person or anonymously. It's called freedom of speech.
I agree that the Sarchione business has done some good things for the community; knocking down the two eyesores that have been with us for years was a good thing and has helped the appearance of the center of town. My question to you is, why were these two eyesores permitted to be in Randolph for years? Don't we have zoning rules and regulations that address eyesores and why weren't they enforced and why is there still an eyesore in the center of town that has been with us for years?
As far as you being able to separate your job as a trustee and an employee of Sarchione's, that may be true, but the fact remains that Sarchione's pays your salary and that of your son. I would suspect that this may cause a conflict of interest when voting on issues regarding the Sarchione business. In the interest of an unbiased government it may be best if you were to abstain from any votes related to the Sarchiones.
As far as the term limits for township trustees Sound Off, no names were given. You took it upon yourself to mention Mike Lang and the wonderful job he has done as a trustee for the past 18 years. Could it be possible that the anonymous writer was referring to either Mr. Lang, Ms. White or you? I believe term limits would encourage more people to get involved in local government, bring in new ideas and new perspectives on existing issues and problems.
Mr. Klodt, if you do not believe that the citizens of Randolph have the right to free speech and the right to express their opinions either verbally or in writing, in person or anonymously, and if you believe that the people who do so are loudmouth, alien, liars and whiners who must be in a drug induced stupor, then maybe it's time for you to get out of politics.
Joanna Francis, Randolph
I too believe in freedom of speech and expressing an opinion. Do the trustees forget who voted them into office? They are supposed to represent the people of Randolph. Mr. Klodt chooses to express himself by name calling. Is this the kind of person you want representing you? The way he reacted to the Sound Off person really tells the story...possibly he feels guilty about this particular conflict of interest incident. Zoning should be applied equally across the board. This particular incident seems mighty suspicious...