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Our job, as journalists, is not to be a booster for a particular business, or school district, or town. Rather than serving one of these entities, we serve the truth.

In the absence of the town attorney answering our questions, we urge Berne Town Board members themselves to read New York State’s Civil Service Law, then to do the right thing: Reinstate Cheryl Baitsholts as dog control officer. The new board members took an oath of office on New Year’s Day to uphold the law. Failing that, we urge Baitsholts to do as the Knox workers before her did: File for a ruling that will force the town board to restore her job.

We can’t let half of depressed young adults fall through the safety nets our society has put in place.

The Berne Town Board ousted Emily Vincent, a Berne farmer, before she completed her term on the town’s planning board, breaking the law, to appoint Thomas Spargo as chairman. Vincent should be reinstated.

If each of us commits to giving just a bit of our time and talents, the community as a whole will benefit.