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Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Get out and Vote!

To the editor:
A note to my fellow Democrats and Would-Be-Democrats about the upcoming NYS Primary for 19th Congressional District candidates on Tuesday, June 26th. We are incredibly fortunate in having a rich field of excellent Democratic candidates running for Republican John Faso's seat. If you believe our country can do better - much better - in fighting for what's right and good and decent - please, please be sure to vote in this Primary. Check out the candidates and choose the one you think is best (and most likely to win against Faso). This is a superb group of caring, courageous, knowledgeable, upright people with progressive ideals that will surely be good for our country - much better than the ugly, hateful, hurtful and short-sighted ideas that abound these days. You can do something to make our country better - you can VOTE! It's not hard! - It's a great privilege and a right, hard-won by our forefathers (and mothers.) Don't be a fool and let it slip by you. Help to make our country decent again! Vote Democratic! (And take someone with you - get them to vote, too.)
Personally I will be voting for Gareth Rhodes - just endorsed by the New York Times: “He offers the combination of intelligence, enthusiasm and empathy that is desperately needed in Washington today.” That's my kinda guy!
Bottom line here: Be sure to VOTE!! - Tuesday - June 26th.

Joan Rosenfelt
Pond Eddy

Hinchey's Legacy

To the editor:
This year's Democratic primary has made me think a lot about the man who once served us with great distinction, Congressman Maurice Hinchey. In the late 1990's, while working at the AFL-CIO in Washington, I was among a group of building trades folks who were meeting with him to get his support for legislation. At the end of our pitch, we offered to host a fundraiser for him. Hinchey didn't miss a beat. He looked each of us in the eye and said very calmly: "Let me be very clear. If I decide to support this bill it will be because I believe it is in the best interest of our Country and of my constituents. It will not be because you might make a contribution to my next election." That was a lesson I have never forgotten.
In my opinion, Mr. Hinchey's huge footprints have yet to be filled but I believe this is the year, that we can change that. Like Maurice Hinchey, Gareth Rhodes tells the truth—about himself and about his position on issues. And does so without worrying about whether it will get him elected.. Also like Hinchey, Rhodes is funding his campaign with small, individual contributions, not personal wealth or corporate money.
Please take a closer look at Gareth Rhodes and what he stands for: Medicare for All, good jobs, fully funded public education, help for our farmers and our environment. If you do, I think you too will vote for him on June 26th.

Mary Ellen Boyd
Livingston Manor

Wedding Wonder

To the editor:
Watching that wedding in England oh my.
Those gals and those gents and those hats passing by.
So excited to see how they all celebrate.
Waiting so long for that special date.
Some from New York, celebration and such.
Enjoyed that long trys were thrilled so darn much.
The beautiful bride, her mind in a cloud.
As she tends to see that unbelieveable crowd, her soon to be husband, so classy and fine.
Treasures his lady, he states she's all mine.
Like a fairytale or a true to life dream.
We all cannot join you, but bless our t.v. screen.

Catherine LoBosco

To All Dads here and anywhere

To the editor:
This time of year is so darn sad. A while back I lost my dad.
Celebration in each home, Mom and I feel so alone.
To all you folks so happy here, we wish you luck from us rite here.
The years we spent with dad were great.
A super loving giving mate, visits from the family, he always loved the company.
While he's here folks hold on tight.
With your days real close at nite, my tribute to dads and love shining thru.
Have a wonderful day from my family to you!

Catherine LoBosco

Agree Not To Agree

To the editor:
In response to two opinion letters in the Democrat recently that take issue with my opinions, I say your welcome to yours as I remain steadfastly behind mine.
As for our obscene levels of U.S. gun deaths and how the NRA's steamrolling drive to sell more and more guns intimidates and paralyzes our leaders from even minimal research and meaningful debate on safety measures to save lives, I would defer to the Parkland surviving students who sum up the issues and our way forward so well (despite the NRA's lame efforts to discredit these victims).
As for “opinions”, I don't remember ever advocating for “bigger” government, but shouldn't we expect competent and ethical government which would exclude unqualified family members enriching themselves with “Pay for Play” deals (remember when that was “corrupt”?) and Trump's ethically challenged “swamp” types such as Price, Pruitt, Flynn, Manafort, Gates, Zinke, Ross, Cohen, etc, etc.
As for the president, I will continue to patriotically comment on how unstable, unqualified, patently dishonest and dangerous he has always been and the constant con-job he pulls on his supporters who he never cared about before. Why does he shamelessly invent conspiracies (his “Spygate” or Obama “wire-tap”) to divert valid and constitutional investigations and then have his Fox & Nunes type toadies embarrassingly try to spin them? Why all these diversions and threats if he and his gang are innocent? Although all the Mueller indictments and Trump team's proven lies about their Russian contacts would indicate there's valid reasons for this investigation.
But those letter writers are welcome to Trump if a banana republic is what you voted for.
PS: I invite readers to Google the common traits of 3rd World Dictators for a good profile of Trump.

Bill Lucas

My birthday

To the editor:
What a day to be born!
Celebrating from dusk to dawn.
Roman Candles all in a row,
waiting for the word - let them go!
I'm a Yankee Doodle dandy - no doubt about it, a proud Americian from the “get go.”
Join me in the celebration.
Let's look forward to the day in appreciation!
God Bless America!

Eileen Barkwick

Fighting for what's right

To the editor:
I am writing to ask my fellow Democrats in Congressional District 19 to vote for Patrick Ryan for Congress on June 26th.
The Democratic party has been fortunate in fielding so many very qualified candidates who desire to represent us in Congress. The decision of who to support in the upcoming primary is a difficult one. I am convinced that Pat's poise, his “can do” attitude and his willingness to fight for what is right makes him the clear choice and I believe he has the best chance of winning in the fall.
I encourage all Democrat Primary voters to take some time and do some research on our candidates and weigh their qualifications and I think in the end you will agree that the best choice is Patrick Ryan.

Charlie Barbuti

One in a million

To the editor:
Ever hear a gal shout out
Is this really true
Was there a plan to send this man
To me - I'm meaning you
A heart of gold and I'm told
There's more I have to give
You entered into my dear life
Showed me how to live
One in a million just came my way
Was it that little prayer
In the dim of nite I shut the light
And see you standing there
Everyone has a wish in life
You live from day to day
Don't grasp for straws just because
You do it your own way

Cathy LoBosco

Changing face of Politics

To the editor:
As the 2018 national election season is now upon us, I want to try to inform as many of my fellow Americans as possible about how the 2018 national Republican Party is different from the one that I grew up knowing in the 1950s and 1960s. The major difference is that back then "conservative" Republicans wanted the federal government to spend less than it was on social programs intended to help people including Social Security.
Today, however, there are a larger number of "conservative" Republicans (especially in the US Congress, in the conservative-media, and in "conservative-think-tanks") who go far beyond this and who are, in effect, modern-day cold-hearted "survival-of-the-fittest" Social Darwinists whose goal and plan is to eliminate and abolish all federal government social programs including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and College Student Loans. However, they do not want to admit this to the public. Eventually, they will set their sights on Unemployment Insurance Benefits as well.

Stewart B. Epstein

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