Dan Varady undoubtedly uses the “self-serving and hypocritical” label to describe all who disagree with him, so I take no special exception to his name-calling.
However, I will take exception to Varady’s statement that John Kernan was “actually out doing his job.” If this were the case, Kernan would not have hired a fifth employee who was not approved by or budgeted for by the St. Clair Township Board of Trustees. His actions hurt the township and denied his employees two weeks wages.
Does my experience as an enlisted Marine have relevance to the recent discussions and inaction regarding our American Flag? Without a doubt. I will never apologize for my service to our nation or the facts as I know them. Attack dogs are something we devil dogs enjoy for breakfast. I am proud my Marine history shows in my actions as an elected St. Clair Township official.
My fellow trustees and I have worked to accomplish much-needed improvements in township policy to better serve constituents. We ought to credit the $1.4 million to those sewer users who have paid into the sewer debacle we find ourselves in. Unfortunately, the lawsuit Varady and County Board Member Trentman filed against Swansea and the township has halted that process.
I can’t speak to Varady’s experience in the Army. My time as a Marine left me with thicker skin and a true understanding of teamwork — two things Varady and his cohorts might want to pursue.
Keith Sturgis, St. Clair Township Trustee, Belleville