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Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Aileen Gunther Honored

To the editor:
Great choice of the Democratic Women of picking Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther! Aileen is doing a good job.
From across the aisle, I support her as I did her husband Jacob because of their real values towards our Constitution, which wasn't mentioned. You can't please everyone but in the important place of our rights Aileen keeps them important as Freedom matters!
A backer of our rights, Aileen voted against the S.A.F.E. Act and is voting for its repeal. Why? Besides the fact that parts have been found unconstitutional and thrown out by the courts, the State Police aren't enforcing other parts, we now have found that this Act takes away our right of due process.
This Act, Gov Cuomo pushed through quickly with no public input or legislative discussion is a disastrous Act that should never have been made law with all the wrongs in it. Aileen is in contrast to Gov Cuomo here.
What Aileen does in her backing of our Constitution, fighting bad legislation, fighting for first responders and staying in contact with and replying to her constituents makes her a good representative of the people!
For the candidates, no one mentioned being for our rights or for reducing our high taxes! They mentioned their platform of ‘resistance' and complaining about our President. Nothing mentioned about it being time to start working together in Congress for our Country nor their solutions. The ones running for Congress said nothing about the 4th Amendment that was voided in part of the US recently, this is of great concern [HR. 76].
Congratulations Aileen and keep up the good work in backing our rights and staying in contact with those that contact you! Maybe you could teach the others about these things?

Don Dittmer
Lake Huntington

NFL football players!

To the editor:
I have played many sports for years and I enjoy watching the national football games and the talented players. Most are paid high salaries and the majority of players are millionaires.
They have a right to protest but protesting in a football uniform and on game time while being paid to play football, is not right. For them not to stand in respect for the American Flag and the playing of the American National Anthem is a disgrace!
So many American military personnel have fought for this country and died fighting for the freedoms we have and for the freedom for these players to play football. If the players are not standing for the National Anthem, the game will be turned off on my TV. Vice President Pence walked out of a national football game recently because of this and the Dallas Cowboys team owner, Jerry Jones, said if his players are not standing, they will not play (My kind of team).

Jack Danchak
Swan Lake, NY

Divided we fall

To the editor:
Republicans are not your enemy, Democrats are not your enemy. They are people each with his or her own story and difficulties.
I never remember our country so divided in so many ways and so strongly on political lines. I suggest you flip back and forth from Fox News and CNN, and I look at Christian Broadcasting News also to get a well rounded view of what is going on.
The liberal media is biased and picks and chooses the stories then manipulates those stories and gives only their side of the story filled with their opinions and editorials.
I feel the brain washing as the media tries to diminish any other views out there that do not align with their views as irrelevant and they do it consistently all day long from talk shows to late night.
Sometimes I think maybe we should all just become Demo­crats then we can at least get along as a nation, but I do not believe that party has all the answers but rather needs to work together with Republicans and those of other parties to build a better USA.
God bless all those affected by the violence in Las Vegas and those who suffer from natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida.
God bless America, one nation under God.
In God we trust.

John "JP" Pasquale
Livingston Manor

Where's Scott Samuelson

To the editor:
Scott Samuelson is the Cochecton Legislator I have been trying to get a hold of to get an answer to 1 question.
In the past 3 months I have e-mailed him 4 times, left a message on his phone and even tried to contact him through the Cochecton Democratic Committee and he hasn't contacted me back.
Other people have answered my question but not the way I think is appropriate and would like to hear from him but he's on the missing list or he has nothing to say.
My question is ' What have you done for Cochecton while you've been in office? '
A decent question and one that should be easy to answer but he decides to avoid it so you are the last resort of communication for this.
As an elected public official, it is ridiculous the extremes that I've gone through just to get a simple response from someone that is supposedly representing my area as I ask other elected officials and have no problem getting answers/help from them.
Hopefully he see's this article and could reply to you and let us all know what he has done for us.
Thank you,

Don Dittmer
Lake Huntington

Gun Control

This letter is in response to the articles covering the recent shooting in Las Vegas

To the editor:
The second amendment of the United States Constitution states:
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded.
The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or defense of the household from intruders. In either case, ownership of a handgun, shotgun or rifle is more than adequate to satisfy these purposes.
There is absolutely no need for any U.S. civilian to own any weapon more powerful or sophisticated than these.
Accordingly, all handguns, shotguns and rifles must be licensed and registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner at the click of a computer key. Furthermore, we must guarantee that the mentally ill do not gain access to them under any circumstances. Finally, if we had prohibited the purchase of more sophisticated weapons several innocent victims would not have died or been harmed at shopping malls, college campuses, Congressional meetings, churches and now concerts. We as a country must deal with this issue immediately lest our society fall back to the days when everyone carried a holster.

Joe Bialek

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