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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


A clear choice

To the editor:
I am voting for Congressional Candidate Antonio Delgado because he shares my family's values. He was born and raised in Schenectady to blue-collar hard-working parents. He understands the challenges of families from our communities.
Delgado is in favor of universal health care which can relieve us of the fear of catastrophic medical costs which have bankrupted many. He knows well the value of education that was instilled in him by his parents who wanted better - as we all do - for their children.
Delgado is a Harvard graduate, and Rhodes Scholar, who can offer us solutions to the current serious problems that we face. Many of our communities are already - or will be soon - facing the impacts of fiercer storms and flooding from our rivers and streams. He's in favor of environmental protections for all of us while balanced with the need for economic growth.
Delgado and his wife and children live in the Hudson Valley. His wife was raised in Woodstock and his in-laws are residents of Ulster County. He is a family man, raised to respect others and to be a man of staunch integrity.
This is why I will be voting for Antonio Delgado in the 19th Congressional District.

Jo Galante Cicale

The Time is Now

To the editor:
We are in trouble. The nation has been intentionally divided. The planet's climate is barreling toward catastrophe. The economy seems healthy but is propped up by tax cuts creating debt that borrows from our future to benefit the very rich. This is no time to whistle past the graveyard. This is a time to stand up and act! And the most important act right now is to vote.
Antonio Delgado is our Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in the 19th Congressional District. Jen Metzger is the Democratic candidate for New York State Senate in the 42nd. They are impressive, educated, dedicated public servants who will steer the government back towards sanity. They will fight for affordable healthcare for all, good paying local jobs, fair tax reform that actually benefits middle class households, and for a realistic plan to deal with climate change before it's too late.
This is absolutely the most important midterm election of our lifetimes because one party control of all three branches of government is always considered a bad idea by Americans and is proving disastrous right now. Democrats believe in everyone having the right and ability to vote. Republicans strive to disenfranchise and gerrymander our voting rights away so they can maintain power.
We need every vote now to counter their undemocratic, un-American plan to concentrate power in the hands of a wealthy few. Our democratic form of government only works if everyone participates. Our power is our votes. Please be sure to vote on November 6, 2018 for Antonio Delgado and Jen Metzger. Staying home must not be an option. Right now we are heading in a dangerous direction. It is up to citizens like us to turn this thing around and make America GOOD again.

Allan Rubin


Annie Rabbitt's extremist views

To the editor:
State Senate candidate Annie Rabbitt didn't accomplish much during her ten years in the legislature. She never wrote a bill that became law, but she did compile a voting record that many people will find disturbing. Women who want to make important medical decisions without government interference will be alarmed by what they see.
Rabbitt is an extremist when it comes to reproductive rights. She doesn't believe a woman should be permitted to terminate her pregnancy even if it's the result of rape or threatens her own life.
In 2012 she sponsored a bill based on a Mississippi law that treats doctors as criminals if they don't force women to undergo unnecessary and invasive medical procedures before having an abortion. Fortunately Rabbitt's bill found almost no support in the legislature and never became law.
Faced with the real possibility that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, women and healthcare professionals are working hard to protect reproductive rights at the state level. Rabbitt's opponent, Jen Metzger, strongly supports the Reproductive Health Act, which would do just that. Not Rabbitt. She would prefer to impose Mississippi values on New York state.

Bruce Ferguson
Callicoon Center

Abortion is fear based

To the editor:
Last Friday, columnist Steve White gave his turn for his opinion on life. It was a sad one-sided point of view void of faith or hope. Let me tell you my experience. I was born to teenage parents in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
My paternal grandfather that I never met conned my mother into going to Cuba for an abortion twice but she just made it a little vacation and chose to give me up to Catholic Services.
My birth parents broke up as a result of all the stress. However 7 years later they married, but where was their baby boy now?
Adopted and in NY.
While in my 20s, by the grace of God, through mostly very natural circumstances, God brought us together despite the fact none of us was actively looking to be reunited.
I have 3-full blood sisters and 2 sets of parents that I love very much. Abortion is a fear-based decision, adoption and raising a child are faith-based decisions.
Also 3 people are affected by a pregnancy - the woman, the baby and the father.
Think it through - murder, suicide, child abuse or neglect are illegal, but abortion is legal because of a High Court ruling that 1 of the 3 individuals gets to make the choice?
I give therapy to babies that were born pre-mature and have come home from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) with heart monitors, IVs, feeding and breathing tubes and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on medical and social services to save and help this child develop all because mom wants the baby.
But if mom does not want the baby within her, he or she is not a person of value?
Read Jeremiah 1:5 because God values the baby in the womb.
God bless America, One nation under God, In God we trust.

John “JP” Pasquale
Livingston Manor

Change is Coming

To the editor:
Change is coming on election day, November 6th when the Democratic Party regains control of the House of Representatives and very possibly the United States Senate. There will then be a check put on an unhinged, narcissistic, pathological lying, vulgar clown who occupies the White House and who has disgraced the office of the Presidency and made the United States the laughing stock of the world.
Shame on the Republican Party who controls Congress and who puts party before country and condones, defends, and enables such reprehensible behavior by Donald Trump. It is for this reason and not solely on political idealogy that will bring about change.
Americans want decency, decorum, and integrity in their political leaders. They want a President who speaks and conducts himself with civility like a President and leader of the free world should.
On November 6th and then in 2020, as sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west “Change is Coming.”

David Gillman

Is Faso really against women?

To the editor:
If you believe the media all Republicans are against women. I have read multiple Letters to the editor in various newspapers that use the same statistics to prove Faso's voting is anti-women. Let me explain how this is misused by politicians. Let's say a politician or entire party wants you to believe the other party is against apples. The "pro- apple" politicians write up a Bill that is called "The Advancement of Apples Protection Bill.”
Then they proceed to add to it 1 or 2 lines that have nothing to do with apples but rather the Bill includes funding for a bridge in Kansas and a new legislation for tax payer funded late term abortion. So any good candidate, Senator or Assemblyperson will know that those 2 lines are in that Bill and vote against it. So the party that is so called "pro apples" has a win-win and can say “look that candidate/senator/assemblyperson is anti-apples!” Then the media broadcasts this to you and me. Please do not be manipulated into voting poorly by these shallow tactics. Use the mind your loving heavenly Father has given you.
God bless America, One nation under God, In God we trust.

John “JP” Pasquale
Livingston Manor

Metzger for State Senate

To the editor:
Jen Metzger is among the more refreshing people running for office these days, in her case NY State Senate, her work and interests covering something for everyone.
She has pushed for, and implemented energy saving measures for local municipalities, saving them money and, at the same time, saving money for you and me, and tapping into more sustainable energy sources than coal and oil.
Jen is pushing for more equitable school funding, which would not only improve education but also save money for you and me with lowered property taxes.
And keep an eye out for more affordable healthcare if Jen is elected to the State Senate.
Jen Metzger has the vision, the experience (15 years in various roles of Rosendale town government), and the energy to improve our lives. As important, she has shown the rare quality of being able to work with opposing factions, not for political gain, but for progress.
I will be voting for Jen Metzger for NY State Senate this year on November 6.

Lee Reich
New Paltz

Don't pave paradise & put up a parking lot

To the editor:
It's getting a little tiresome to hear again and again from The Fat Lady what heroic efforts she undertook to save Kauneonga Lake from the economic morass into which it sank. Enough already - she came here to start a business and make money, Robert Moses / Jane Jacobs she ain't.
My family has lived in Kauneonga Lake for 100 years, so I know that fifty & sixty years ago there was a hustling, bustling town, and people figured out where to park.
There's ample parking behind the court. On July 4th, when the town was packed, there still was enough room to park for everybody to park there.
Just because something can be done, doesn't mean that it should be done.
The Fat Lady wants to make as much money as possible from her restaurant. We, Kauneonga Lake citizens, have a responsibility to judge the parking situation based on, among other things, community aesthetics, not just one merchant's perceived pecuniary interest.
There are limits to growth beyond what benefits the fat lady's business. After demolishing the firehouse and paving the lot, maybe The Fat Lady will decide that what we need to do is build a five story parking garage and four-lane 55 from 17B?
We're not required to sacrifice the rural nature of our hamlet to her business plan.
If we really do need more parking, why not have the town seize by eminent domain a portion of the vacant lot where the farmer's market is held, and pave that over?
Smarter than throwing away the taxpayers' money with an ill-advised scheme to demolish a beautiful firehouse we built in recent memory.
Don't pave paradise and put up a parking lot, Joni Mitchell style.

Dr. Phillip Jacobs


The Party Today

To the editor:
I seem to find myself to be in the minority in today's national Democratic Party.
I disagree with the tendency of most Democrats (including political candidates for Congress and those in the news media) to constantly bash Donald Trump over his obnoxious personality and his divisive comments.
As very-conservative "Morning Joe" Scarborough has said on his MSNBC show, when Democrats talk about Trump it just makes his supporters angrier and more protective of him, while corroborating their paranoid belief that the Democrats and the liberal part of the media are out to get Trump. Rather, as Joe suggests, Democrats need to focus on their values and telling the people how the federal government can make life better for all Americans.
They don't seem to realize that most Americans agree with them that we need to protect the safety-net programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, College Student Loans, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
These are winning issues that we should constantly be talking about, not trashing Trump.

Stewart B. Epstein


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