The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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September 30, 2013

Bridy: More than enough work moving county foward


 Is it fair that each commissioner has his/her own bathroom? I was raised in a loving home, family of 5 with only one bathroom.

I have asked our legal department many questions on what we can and cannot do.  Unfortunately the state legislature has for lack of a better term "hand cuffed" boards across the State with only being able to grant a flat level salary throughout the term they are elected to serve. 

Historically unfunded mandates come down from higher levels of government during slower economic growth

We must continue to work through these difficult financial times together and continue to always do what is right for our citizens.  As we continue to see a decline in funding of unfunded mandates we must look for additional ways to provide the same and improved services with less.

 Many still do not understand what technology enables us to accomplish.  No longer must an elected official be "in the office".  With the development of tablets, smart phones, conference calls, webinars, face time and Skype we can be on a conference call, email others, review emails, PowerPoint presentations and attachments and have just as meaningful discussions as if we were sitting at our desk.

You are and have been asked to do more with less.  Why are your elected officials any different? Are your elected officials better or more qualified than the people they serve?

Respecter of persons is our loss and has played into this lie.  "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men, but humbled himself.

“But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first."

Stephen Bridy is an Independent Northumberland County Commissioner. This is an edited version of his My Turn. The full version appears at

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