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Reps should know their own district

Editor:

Although it is not illegal to not reside, now or ever, in the congressional district that you represent, I find it ironic to see the (R-Willsboro) after Ms. Stefanik’s name. We all know that she has never lived here and is bought and paid for by interests outside our district.

Ms. Stefanik shows up for photo ops, never publicly indicating where she will be until after the event. She holds “tele-townhalls” where she can control the conversation. If she does meet with constituents, she gives lip service to their concerns and does nothing of any substance to help them.

Rather she actually votes in opposition to the needs of her constituents. She voted to gut the Affordable Care Act (H.R.3293) which would cause 64,000 people in our district to lose health insurance. She endorses budget cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, not to mention her negative environmental voting record.

Since Ms. Stefanik cannot run on her abysmal voting record, she resorts to name-calling and “alternative facts” – such as “Ms. Cobb raised taxes 20 times,” which was proven untrue by the Glens Falls Post-Star. “Ms. Cobb was appointed by Governor Cuomo,” which is also untrue. Just Google it for yourself. The facts show Ms. Cobb was appointed to the NYS Committee on Open Government by Gov. Spitzer and Gov. Patterson. Actually, a Committee on Open Government sounds like a good idea to me.

I want a representative that truly knows us here in NY-21, and is only beholding to us, her constituents, not outside money and interests. I want someone who is trustworthy, accessible and will truly represent the needs of NY-21 in Congress. That person is Tedra Cobb.

Nina Matteau, Westport

Vote for Martz to help assault victims

Editor:

As the former director of Sexual Trauma and Recovery Services (STARS) in Washington County for 18 years, I am an advocate for sexual assault victims. It is estimated that one out of four girls and one out of five boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18. Unfortunately most of these victims do not disclose this abuse until well into adulthood.

This is why New York state needs to reform its laws and pass the Child Victims Act. This bill has languished in New York state for decades, and our state Sen. Elizabeth Little, until recently, has opposed it every step of the way. She did not want adult victims to have the right to sue institutions and people involved in their sexual assault as children; institutions like the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church.

Fortunately we have a choice in November to elect Sen. Emily Martz, who has said “I will stand today, as I will always will, with the victims.” Emily supports the passage of the Child Victims Act. I urge you to vote for Emily Martz so that victims of sexual abuse will have a senator that supports them.

Jan Wolski, Cambridge

Martz’s healthcare support is needed

Editor:

The cost of health services incurred by 45 million uninsured Americans is estimated to be $99 billion. Who pays when someone with no insurance visits an emergency room needing the legally mandated “stabilization,” if not immediate admission? The answers include:

1. The uninsured patient, spending a larger fraction of his income than his insured neighbor.

2. Hospitals and doctors, providing care gratis or for reduced fees.

3. Charities, whose funding comes ultimately from the public.

4. Local and federal taxes collected from that same public.

This brings us to the question of single payer health care and the proposed New York Health Act already passed several times by the Assembly. While its Senate passage and implementation would certainly raise payroll and employer-paid taxes, perhaps by 150 percent (RAND,) the total New York expenditure on health care would not increase. New Yorkers would shift only where and how they pay. Millions of us would reap medical security.

Betty Little has been a state Senator for 15 years. As a North Country person, she knows that 12 percent of Warren County lives below the poverty line and 5 percent is uninsured. Nonetheless, she votes to keep the act locked in committee.

With her extensive academic background in economics, and long experience helping Adirondack entrepreneurs, Emily Martz, hopes to win Senator Little’s seat. As a physician, I’m particularly impressed by Emily’s support for the Health Act. Morality and good sense argue it is shameful that executives of big pharma and big Insurance make millions, while too many hard-working North Country families can’t afford a doctor’s visit.

District 45 needs a voice that speaks to the future. We all need health care, regionally-appropriate work, improved public education, and preservation of our magnificent environment. Emily knows these things. Let’s send her to Albany this November!

Wendy Aronson, M.D.,

Lake Luzerne

We have a ‘dead fish’ in the White House

Editor:

How sad it has become to watch the American political process at work. Yesterday’s hearing on elevating Bret Kavanaugh to Justice of the Supreme Court demonstrated one thing very clearly. In the age of Trump, anger, crudeness and cruelty are the way to power. The blubbering judge would not answer the most basic questions about his qualifications, repeatedly sobbing through self-righteous statements about what a good student he was even as he starred as an athlete, hung out with the finest of private school boys, went to church every Sunday, attended drunken parties and beach week debaucheries (where he never passed out from too much booze of course) but did vomit and fall “asleep” as the party went on. He even bragged to the world that he was a virgin until his mid-20s. Maybe that’s when he sobered up.

Few of us are innocent in regards to some of these matters, but when did it become something to brag about to the world as millions watch the veil of honor and dignity get ripped from the highest moral position in the land?

Consider the following: “The women I have dated over the years could have any man they want; they are the top models and the most beautiful women in the world. I have been able to date (screw) them all because I have something that many men do not have. I don’t know what it is but women have always liked it. Beautiful, famous, successful, married – I’ve had them all, secretly, the world’s biggest names.” President Donald Trump, “Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and in Life.”

Well I think the fish rots from the head down and we have a dead fish in the White House.

William Martin, Glens Falls

Research to make an informed decision

Editor:

Who is Elise Stefanik representing? Many letters have criticized Elise’s voting record. Wanting to make up my own mind, I decided to look into one of the “wrong” votes listed in a recent letter.

H.J. Res. 38 was a resolution to eliminate the Stream Protection Rule, which addressed the impact of surface coal mining operations on surface and ground water – our rivers, lakes and streams. Surface coal mining includes strip mining, open-pit mining and mountaintop removal mining. Surface mining does nudge up coal mining profits a bit. It also causes greater pollution of our water. A “yes” vote erased that rule. Elise voted “yes,” allowing for greater pollution of our ground and surface water.

New York produces no coal. But Pennsylvania produced over 60,000,000 tons of coal in 2014. We share a long border – and a lot of water – with Pennsylvania. Mother Nature is no respecter of state lines. We should expect to see increased pollution in our drinking water, in our wells and reservoirs.

New York has two remaining coal fired power plants. One is scheduled to convert to natural gas; the plan is to have no coal fired plants by 2020. There is nothing to be gained for New Yorkers by eliminating this rule. In fact, from an environmental standpoint, there are serious adverse effects. Why did Elise vote in favor of disallowing this rule?

Tedra Cobb is acutely conscious of the need to protect our natural resources, including our waterways. She will defend the EPA and other agencies charged with protecting those natural resources against special interest groups pressuring our government to make choices that affect all of us negatively, now and into the future. I urge you to go to her website to learn more.

Jim Hudon, Queensbury

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