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A Letter From Fred Larson

February 27, 2014

Elections have consequences. Last November’s election was turned into a referendum on the County Hom....

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Feb-28-14 10:08 AM

Conservative crawl back under your rock. You are an idiot.

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Feb-28-14 8:39 AM

Talk about one-sided gov't. That is our problem now. Obama and the senate let nothing o that should be done pass. Either don't vote on it at all or dum dum will veto it. We need to fix that mess and make it all Republican too. Then maybe we can start to repair the mess in our country.

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Feb-28-14 5:47 AM

You are d a m ned if you do and you are d am ned if you don't. Mr. Larson voted the way most of his constituents wanted him to vote and he is criticized for doing so. If he had voted the other way he would also be criticized. He then writes a letter communicating with his constituents and is criticized for doing that. No wonder it is so difficult to find serious people to serve in public office. I probably won't agree philosophically with this legislator most of the time but we are lucky to have him represent the people of Jamestown.

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Feb-27-14 11:16 PM

Larsen is clueless, The 3 Legis that were slandered because they voted against the will of the people deserved the wrath of the people. Fred only voted to sell, to save the Home because he will get VOTED out if he voted otherwise. He did this to save his political career, now he is gently back-peddling. The guy has NO B-A-L_L_S

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Feb-27-14 9:01 PM

Mr. Larson, Do you really believe that Vestacare wants a Union Shop in it's Nursing Home. CSEA and their demands, have been the primary reasons for failure at The County Home. You can also blame our Democratic controlled State Legislature who agreed thar State Employees DO NOT have to pay into their retirement after 10 yrs. of full time employment. Your facts are not very factual. You were not the deciding vote, the taxpayers of Chautauqua County were!

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Feb-27-14 6:27 PM

Legislator Larson can be commended for placing the interests of County taxpayers ahead of the selfish interests of the CSEA union.

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Feb-27-14 6:23 PM

Legislator Larson decided to put the interests of County taxpayers ahead of the special interests of the CSEA with his vote. He can be commended for his vote.

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Feb-27-14 12:58 PM

Who the*****does Fred Larson think he is. His vote no more decided the sale of the home than did anyone elses. This guy is a pompous jerk and should not be representing anyone as an elected official.

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Feb-27-14 12:51 PM

"...was a bad choice to operate this large and important nursing home for the people of northern Chautauqua County." - F. Larson

Come on.... really? The home was just for the north county? How pathetic a comment was that?

And since he was making historical statements, the County Home existed LONG before the building was built in Dunkirk. For decades it was in Dewittville, interestingly in the center of the county. It was politics that got it re-located in Dunkirk.

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Feb-27-14 10:13 AM

Larson has a monster EGO. He states that it came down to him and he could see the writing on the wall. Well Mr. Ego I'm glad you made the right decision and lets hope that in the next election your district says Good Bye to you :)

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Feb-27-14 8:34 AM

It amazes me how Mr. Larson can take a simple speach and within it blame the republicans for the sale of the home and promote the governors liberal agenda at the same time.

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Feb-27-14 6:26 AM

Fred can't wait to spend the savings from selling the home on a politicial project.. NO MORE SPENDING!!! Here is an opportunity to reduce the tax levy. Why can't politicians understand this???? Frustrating.

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Feb-27-14 5:51 AM

Oh, please.

Fred Larson should check his ego at the door.

He was not "the deciding vote" on this issue.

There were 13 votes to sell the county home. Each was the deciding vote.

(cont'd below)

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Feb-27-14 5:51 AM

The legislature has 19 members and needed a 2/3 vote -- or 13 members -- to sell the county home.

The vote was 13 to 5. According to another Feb. 27, 2014, report at post-journal dot com /page/content.detail/id/636157/Sold- dot html:

"Legislators who voted against the sale included Keith Ahlstrom, D-Dunkirk; Shaun Heenan, D-Dunkirk; Bob Scudder, R-Fredonia; Janet Keefe, D-Fredonia; and Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan.

"Those who voted in favor of selling the facility included George Borrello, R-Irving; John Runkle, R-Stockton; Pierre Chagnon, R-Bemus Point; Chuck Nazzaro, R-Jamestown; PJ Wendel, R-Lakewood; Dave Wilfong, R-Jamestown; Fred Larson, D-Jamestown; Paula DeJoy, D-Jamestown; Mark Tarbrake, R-[Ellicott]; Lisa Vanstrom, R-West Ellicott; Ron Lemon, R-Frewsburg; Dave Himelein, R-Findley Lake; and John Hemmer, R-Westfield.

"Jay Gould, R-Ashville, was absent from the meeting."

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Feb-27-14 5:50 AM

According to a Feb. 26, 2014, report at post-journal dot com /page/content.detail/id/636153 dot html, the chairman "was absent from Wednesday's meeting due to health reasons."

So if the chairman had been able to attend, the vote would have been 14 to 5, and 14 people -- not one -- any pair of the 14 would have been the deciding votes.

Or is Fred Larson saying that if the chairman had attended, he -- Fred Larson -- would have voted "no"?

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Feb-27-14 5:25 AM

Profits that remain after the sale of the Home are to be used to lower taxes or reduce debt and not for any other purpose. This was voted on by the Legislature last year.

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