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Cobb is positive and will solve problems

Editor:

I write to support Tedra Cobb for Congress in New York’s 21st District. Cobb is running a positive campaign based on issues, not bullying and falsehoods. She has led a life of community service for 30 years. She favors regional cooperation, workforce development and infrastructure, and entrepreneurialism. She is a bridge builder, a proven problem solver and a smart, compassionate, experienced legislator who will fight for us, the hard-working people of the 21st District, to advance our prosperity and protect our democracy.

Meanwhile, the party of Stefanik and Trump is cozying up to our enemies and undermining our Democratic system both by denigrating our institutions (including a free press, a bulwark of democracy) and allowing our enemies to literally hijack our sacred elections. They are making our country less healthy, less secure, less tolerant, less clean, less smart, less competitive, less the beacon of hope the “greatest generation” fought to defend. The U.S. is the only wealthy country without universal insurance coverage, and yet the Republicans waste time limiting access even further. Thanks to borrow-and-spend Republicans like Trump and Stefanik, the national debt is the highest it’s been since 1945. Our enemies think we’re wonderful, and our allies fear us.

It’s fashionable to complain about “government,” but government is us, people, and we need representatives who have the honesty and integrity to embrace government service as an opportunity to strengthen our democracy and to make our lives better, not worse. It is time to restore competence and compassion, decency and democracy to our district and to our country. Jobs, education, the environment, health care and security are issues I care about. If you do, too, I hope you will join me in voting for Tedra Cobb for Congress.

Barry Pritzker,

Greenfield Center

Sewer project will help in many ways

Editor:

On Aug. 27, owners of 86 parcels of land on a portion of Route 9 in the town of Moreau have an opportunity to vote on a “Resolution establishing extension No. 5 of Sewer District No. 1 within the town of Moreau.” We at the Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce believe a “yes” vote will encourage job growth, in the long term lower taxes and address vital environmental concerns.

The proposed sewer district on a section of Route 9 in Moreau will encourage businesses to grow in this area, both current owners and new owners, in turn providing more jobs for our region and lower tax rates for the residents of the town of Moreau. Concentrating businesses in an established commercial area is smart planning and good stewardship by the town of Moreau leadership.

The quality of the town’s water table would also be maintained with this sewer line implementation. This portion of Moreau has sandy soil and it is harder for wastewater to be filtered prior to being reintroduced into the water table. A sewer pipe laid in this densely populated use area would address water quality concerns, especially as Department of Health regulations continue to become stricter.

We are pleased with the transparency by Moreau Town Supervisor Todd Kusnierz and the Town Council regarding this proposal. Several open Town Board meetings were held to hear from residents of the area. The town of Moreau website has a listing of costs, maps, bond resolution, SEQRA resolution, how to vote, who can vote, and more.

In the eyes of the Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce, more jobs, maintaining water quality in the town, transparency by town leaders and long-term lower taxes add up to a “yes” vote for us on Aug. 27. We hope it does for you too.

Michael Bittel, ARCC

President/CEO, Glens Falls

Horrible example is set for young people

Editor:

I was astonished to learn that Rep. Elise Stefanik and the National Republican Congressional Committee would stoop so low as to pay a high school student to lie and secretly record. The deceitful conduct of Ms. Stefanik sets a horrible example for young people.

I have firsthand knowledge of Preston Scagnelli’s (alias Grayson) deceit. Last May I hosted a “meet and greet” for a Democratic Congressional candidate. I welcomed this high school junior into our home. He introduced himself as a young Democrat interested in the political system. I told him how proud I was of his attending such an event on his own, making the trip and his desire to learn more about the candidate. I introduced him to my family, the candidate and my friends. Grayson, aka Preston, appeared to enjoy my hospitality.

The point that I would like to make is that had he told me he was a young Republican, interested in learning about the candidate’s platform, I would have treated him the same exact way! I have always encouraged and invited people of different views to any Democratic event that I am involved in, thinking that it is good to learn from each other. I respect my Republican friends and their opinions, even though mine may differ. I cannot respect the NRCC for using a high school student in such a deceptive manner and Elise Stefanik for her condoning such actions. How desperate are they? This is a horrible example to set for our young people. It seems that if “alternative facts” are acceptable at the upper levels of our leadership, they are acceptable throughout our system. Too bad!

Barbra Kingsley, Eagle Bridge

Pray our leaders find strength and wisdom

Editor:

With all the stuff going on in the world these days, you would think it can’t get worse, but it does. The new crazy news is how to make your own gun. It looks like you can make just about anything you want to make and get the information from your computer.

I think we have all gone nuts. The worst thing is the government can’t seem to do anything to stop this. We better get smart, wise, caring leaders that love our country and its people and put a stop to all the bad stuff that is going on. Up to now, we are going downhill slow but sure.

Our own government has its own problems to take care of. I think it’s time for all of us to go to our churches, houses of prayer and pray that our leaders get the wisdom to put a stop to all that is going on. Our leaders in our houses of prayer have to start talking about it’s time to get help from a power greater than us. Prayer can’t do any harm and it may do some good. We have to try something.

Sid Gordon, Saratoga

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