The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 16, 2013

Can't be in two places at the same time

I had the opportunity to attend the Northumberland County Commissioners meeting regarding the salary cuts for elected officials. I chose not to speak at that time since I felt like doing so on this issue would appear to some like a campaign speech during a public meeting. I will now share my opinion.

The upcoming cuts in the row offices are a bit excessive, and it is possible, as some are stating, that the future may show a decrease in qualified people to run for these offices. A 10 to 15 percent salary cut across the board, and asking each row office to trim the fat from their budgets is what I would have done as a commissioner. However, saying all of that, I am still the same candidate who is more then qualified, who is willing to be your next county coroner at the reduced salary.

After some quick math it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that for a position as coroner in Northumberland County, it is still a decent paying job for our area. Don't forget a pension and health benefits that many people could only dream of. I have been reading some newspaper and social media comments from what I can only assume are from the committee of the incumbent coroner and I must ask, "you're kidding me, right?" Does anyone truly believe that a funeral director/owner, doubling as part-time coroner, is struggling financially so much with his funeral home that he needs a part-time political job to make "ends meet?"

The incumbent is the owner of a lucrative funeral home business. You are aware of the profit margin in the death industry? Let me assure you that he won't be needing to apply for government assistance if he gets another term.

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