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Letter: Political names lend accountability

Town of Huntington Superintendent of Highways Peter S.

Town of Huntington Superintendent of Highways Peter S. Gunther pulls out and looks at signs inside the sign shop at the Town of Huntington highway yard in Elwood July 23, 2014. Credit: Steve Pfost

Newsday's editorial argues that having public officials' names on signs, such as for parks, is self-promotion ["Bravo to less political ego," July 13]. This is simply wrong.

When I taught social studies, I stressed how important it is that the public be informed in a democracy such as ours. Thomas Jefferson stated: "Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government."

People must know who their representatives are. Those who hold public office often receive calls from people with issues or concerns. They run the gamut from lights that are too bright to the need for a new baseball field.

In Brookhaven, the voters chose to break the town into six districts. Many residents, busy providing for their families, are unaware who their town council representative is. Placing names on public signs is simply one way to inform people about whom they can hold accountable. An anonymous representative is not an accountable representative.

Connie Kepert, Yaphank

Editor's note: The writer represents Brookhaven's 4th District on the town council.