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Compassion is key in congressional race

Editor:

Compassion matters, especially in a representative. It drives them to focus their legislative priorities on things that truly matter to the people they are beholden to. The only candidate in the race to represent New York’s 21st Congressional District who embodies the values, principles and compassion for the North Country is Tedra Cobb.

Tedra has compassion for the struggles and hopes of our community because she has lived here for over 30 years and shares in our way of life. Tedra has faced the struggles of not being able to afford insurance and the concerns of losing health care protections, as her daughter has a pre-existing condition.

Rejecting money from corporations and lobbyists, she is reassuring her commitment to our region, further proof that she will always fight for us. Tedra Cobb is one of us, and we are all in the fight for North Country values together. Tedra understands that change is needed to ensure the future of our economy and our culture.

As a teenager, I recognize the need for a stronger job market in NY-21st Congressional District, the need to protect our environment and the guarantee of health care and education for generations to come. Tedra stands with us, and I am proud to stand with her.

Tedra Cobb is the deeply compassionate and dedicated person we need to elect on Nov. 6, not because of party but because of who we are as northern New Yorkers.

Matthew Taylor, (18),

Greenfield

Stefanik fights for action on climate

Editor:

Each day as I look out across Lake Champlain, I think of how lucky I am to have this natural wonder to enjoy. But as climate change continues to take its toll on other parts of the world, I am growing more concerned about the well-being of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. To address these issues, we need more people like Elise Stefanik in Congress to stand and work to save our environment.

While many Republicans have turned a blind eye to environmental concerns, Elise is among a handful of GOP lawmakers who understands how critical our environment is and how important it is to address climate change. In the North Country, nature is a key economic draw for many communities, and her work and advocacy on the Climate Solutions Caucus demonstrates her commitment. She introduced the House Republican Climate Resolution to call on our nation to address the climate change through ways that preserve our economy and uses smart solutions.

When Scott Pruitt became embroiled in scandal, she recognized that he was not helping the EPA. She was one of the first Republicans to call for his resignation and showed us that she puts our district and our needs before her party politics.

I’ll be voting for Elise Stefanik this year because she represents NY-21’s best interests.

John Walker, Plattsburgh

Stefanik was different once

Editor:

We often hear the phrase: All politics is local. Not so for Elise Stefanik. She has no local roots. Born and raised in the Capital District, she attended college in Massachusetts and then moved to Washington, D.C. She has never lived in the 21st District and pays no property taxes here. We who do live here and pay those taxes are investing in our infrastructure — for our children, our businesses, our seniors. We serve our communities in a variety of ways and we get to know our neighbors. But not Elise, who shows up for photo ops and staged visits. Who holds only telephone town halls or tightly orchestrated meetings with small groups. Who will only participate in debates with no live audience. She wasn’t always this way. I remember the days when she was more accessible. But those days are long gone. Perhaps it’s simply too difficult to defend her votes, which often ignore the needs of those who live here and cater to the big donors from outside the district — her votes on health care and the environment are prime examples of this.

Tedra Cobb, on the other hand, is extremely accessible. She knows the district and she knows us. She cares about the North Country and its residents because for 30 years she has been part of our community. She has served in the district as a county legislator, firefighter, health care advocate and business consultant. Her openness and accessibility will not change once she’s in office.

Yes, all politics is local. I hope you’ll join me on Nov. 6 in voting for Tedra Cobb as the candidate who is local, who lives, works and pays taxes here, who understands us and who will never forget that she works for us and not for moneyed outside interests.

Ginger Kuenzel, Hague

Stefanik uses NY-21 as springboard

Editor:

Does it really matter that the North Country’s representative in Congress, Elise Stefanik, is not from the North Country? Yes, it does.

Stefanik has never truly lived in northern New York. And she doesn’t really know our struggles, because she hasn’t lived them. After prep school and Harvard, she declared her parents’ seasonal home in Willsboro to be her residence. Stefanik has used NY-21 as a launch pad for her own political career. Her connection to northern New York and its people is scant. She refuses to hold town hall meetings, preferring controlled sessions where she doesn’t have to mix with us. She even refused to participate in this year’s election debates, where community members were able to ask the candidates about their concerns. She has insulated herself and bides her time as she prepares to leave for bigger conquests.

This is not to say that Stefanik is breaking any law by using us as her personal springboard; but is this really what we want for ourselves, our families and our neighbors? Don’t we deserve something better, someone who is committed to us and our communities rather than to her own future?

Unlike Stefanik, Tedra Cobb has grown a family, a home, a business and a life in our district. She is someone who will look out for us because she shares NY-21 with us as her home.

On Nov. 6, I hope you will join me in voting for Tedra Cobb!

Lisa Thomas, Hermon

Stefanik has strong bipartisan record

Editor:

When considering a candidate for office, what do you look for? I look for a candidate that supports their constituents’ views and concerns and goes in to action to correct matters. We ask our candidate to listen to our concerns and bring them to Washington. Elise Stefanik is the congresswoman of all the people of the 21st District. Does it matter what your political party is if you are doing a great job? As per the Lugar Center, Elise votes bipartisan 1.08463. They suggest that anything over one is good. She works with Democrats and co-sponsors bills that take care of all of us. I would urge you to look this information up yourself. There are several websites you can choose from to check her voting record.

We are all victims of social media etc., and that can confuse us about how to vote. We are our own best critics. Again, I ask urge all, regardless of affiliation, to do the harder work that is needed to make informed decisions. That involves viewing the candidate’s record. Take a step back and think how your life would be if you took your direction from social media and the general news. This has caused us to become lazy, resulting in uninformed voters.

Please take a moment to make an informed decision.

What do I want in a candidate? A tried and true winner, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik!

Ava L. Ashendorff,

Chestertown

Stefanik was clearer than Cobb in debate

Editor:

I hope that anyone who cares about our congressional election this year had a chance to watch the Mountain Lake PBS debate. It was an opportunity to finally see what all three of the candidates have to offer. Well, at least what some of the candidates have to offer.

In my opinion, Tedra Cobb gave voters very little when it comes to substantive policy issues. Even on the core issue of health care, she can’t pin down any specific plans! She said “it doesn’t matter what the answer is.” Pardon me, but for working New Yorkers and Americans, answers do matter! If Cobb is going to complain about everything Elise Stefanik and President Trump have done, back that up with suggestions and be more than just a peanut gallery. Who knows, maybe she just doesn’t want us to see that she’s just another puppet of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Andrew Cuomo.

Elise showed us that she has been fighting for us and will continue to do so. She offered specific reasons for her actions, logic as to why it was right and ideas that she’s been pushing in Congress. Elise’s stance and record on taxes, the military, health care and the environment were clear and refreshing. It’s also welcoming to hear that her work goes beyond voting for bills, but has done a lot by recovering millions for seniors and veterans in our communities.

I encourage everyone to watch that debate online and see for yourself.

Stephen Miller,

Bloomingdale

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