Letters – Resident questions Judge, Court’s ‘conservatism’


To the Editor:

I went to Facebook last night and noticed Mr. Bonn’s picture on the side bar of the page and thought I would look him up to see what it had to say. On his information page, it says he is a ‘Conservative Republican.”

Then I went to John Cyrier’s page and it said the same thing.

I’m left wondering…what part of “Conservative” is a c

ounty budget that increases county government exponentially by adding high paid positions such as a County Administrator being paid $76,000, a Human Resource person who will make $70,000, gives the Executive Assistant a nice raise and an assistant, gives the Caldwell County Republican Chair a position in the DA’s office and only after five months on the job he somehow manages a $5,000 merit pay increase on top of the across the board $1,600 pay raise. These positions and their budgets all add over $300,000 to our annual budget. All this in the wake of people in our sheriff’s department being subjugated to government assistance because their pay is below poverty level.

How can you justify this to the taxpayers of this county?

How can a secretary who’s only risk is the occasional paper cut make more than a sheriff’s deputy who risks his/her life daily?

Judge Bonn was elected to be our county’s administrator and now he is hiring out his work to be done by someone who doesn’t even live in this county – an unelected bureaucrat getting paid to make the decisions for our county that we elected this court to do.

As “Conservative Republicans,” he and Commissioners John Cyrier and Fred Buchholtz sure seems to be following in the liberal footsteps of President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

Charles T. Forester




  1. Donna Voetee 17 October, 2011 at 15:29 Reply

    Not to mention that 4 of the 6 proposed incomes for the budget involve Police State measures!! Excellent summary, Mr. Forester!

    I’m reminded of the scene from the movie, Princess Bride, when Inigo Montoya questions Vincini’s use of “inconceivable”…”I don’t thin’ that word means what you thin’ it means.”

    Obama, Pelosi…and Clinton, too. The pragmatic lying is self-evident.

  2. eric gabrielson 20 October, 2011 at 22:33 Reply

    dear kathi, i just read tom bonn’s self serving article and am curious why he did not mention his own raise. tom has told county employees that if they dont like their pay they can go elsewhere. tom knew his pay when he ran for judge, if he did not like it why did he run? because he got someone to write the budget with a nice raise in it for him. i dont believe that there is a job in the county that needs a 70,000 dollar salary. i also dont believe that the judge or the commissioners put in a 40 hour week at their posts. part time jobs should get part time pay, not health ins, phones, etc. when will we get real honest polititions again. from the county to washington we allow them to ,i dont want to say lie, tell us and promise us things they have no intention of doing. we are more than ready for honest men to step up and do whats right for the community,county ,state and the country and not for the paycheck. a living wage perhaps, which is all county workers want, but not a life of luxury and perks on the peoples dime.

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