As you reported (Who Do You Work For?, March 24), I was a member (and treasurer) of the Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau board of directors, but only for a short time. I decided to quit because I wanted to take a more active role at the bureau and applied to be its executive director, so it would have been a conflict of interest for me to remain on the board. I was of course disappointed when the board didn’t choose me for the position, although I didn’t expect it, and I knew the direction the rest of the board wanted to take.
I wish the board members the best and hope they will have the support of the county Legislature. It seems to me that some legislators are not playing fairly and certainly not helping the situation. The way the miniscule, stupid and totally unrelated infraction of the board chairman, Barney Molloy, who serves fairly and honestly, for no stipend, was brought up at the March 16 Economic Development Committee meeting demonstrated the legislators care more about appearance than substance. And the treatment by the legislators of interim Executive Director Frank Smith, who has tried to clean up the mess that the legislature made without any real help, demonstrates their ignorance and lack of discretion.
Tourism in Putnam County will never increase until the legislators show some progressive planning and initiative and look for ways for the county to make money rather than rely only on property taxes. They are supposed to be leaders.
Phil Tolmach, Carmel