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An opinion offered about Shalom Lamm

April 9, 2014

In keeping with his reputation for saying incredible things, Shalom Lamm has done it again. On the heels of being publicly exposed in court for taking part in what the Sullivan County Board of Elections called a voter registration “sham,” and what Judge Schick tactfully characterized as an attempt to “stuff the ballot box,” Lamm had the gall to release a long-winded, post-election tract offering an olive branch to the people of Bloomingburg. Lamm shamelessly used his resources in an unsuccessful attempt to knock every Rural Heritage Party candidate off the ballot using any legal technicality he could muster.

After his family and the rest of the 145 people who filed bogus voter registrations were correctly denied the right to vote in Sullivan County, and after it was clear he suffered a thumping loss in the village election, his statement—saying, he’s the good guy, he forgives us, and, “Oh, by the way, can’t we all just get along”—shows that his chutzpah knows no boundaries. Fortunately society has an answer for people like him. It’s called prosecution. Citizens, the board of elections and the county attorney have all done their job. Now it’s time for law enforcement to do theirs.

Anita Altman
Phillipsport, NY
[Editor’s note: A second opinion on this same subject, “Summing up the Bloomingburg election” by Andrew B. Weil of the Town of Mamakating, can be found online at www.riverreporter.com.]