The following letter to the editor appeared in The Gazette this week:
“To the Editor, I’ve known Greg Schmidt for 17 years and he is a nice guy. So nice that I was shocked that he wanted to enter the political arena. Still surprised all the time that he has been mayor, that he suffers the local slings and arrows and is still nice. Wants to help, wants to fix things. Believes in fighting the good fight, and believes in his community. Asks opinions, and listens to answers. Listens. I cannot pretend to speak to the biggest issues of this campaign; I don’t go to the meetings and I hardly hang around the village much these days. I tried to read the Croton Blog but such was the vitriol and inanity that my computer resigned in protest. So for me it’s a matter of trust, of someone I believe in to represent me and to consider my issues. Here’s my personal rubric: Were I rendered incapable of driving, and had to choose our mayor and some of the Powers That Be in the Democratic Party, geez, Greg would win. I have seen the PTB’s hunched over the wheels of their not-so-small, energy-inefficient autos, so hell bent on their destination that heaven help anything or anyone in their way. In all the years I’ve lived in Croton (23) I don’t think I have ever seen Greg Schmidt behind the wheel of a car, yet he is the one I trust to ask for directions. — Monica Sabia, Croton-on-Hudson”
Crotonblog’s comments: Ms. Monica Sabia’s letter compares the lot of Croton’s mayor, in office less than two years, to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune endured by Hamlet, Shakespeares long-suffering Danish prince. She also admits that she doesn’t understand the issues of the campaign, so she devised a new yardstick by which to evaluate candidates: She will vote for them on the basis of the fuel efficiency of the vehicles they drive.
By her own admission, Ms Sabia also says she doesn’t get around much anymore, and she has never seen the Mayor behind the wheel of a car. The logic of this escapes us. The home of her hero, Mr. Nice Guy Gregory Schmidt, is strategically located between his chiropractic office and the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building, so Ms. Sabia on Finney Farm Road isn’t likely to see him behind the wheel of his Ford pickup truck. Nevertheless, Crotonblog can assure her that the Mayor has been spotted locally in precincts he cannot possibly have reached on shanks mare.
And if her computer gave up the ghost because it couldn’t handle the bitter truths Crotonblog dispenses, we suggest that she contact a reputable PC diagnostic and repair service like Computers on Hudson.