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All New Yorkers need to get behind campaign finance reform

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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All New Yorkers need to get behind campaign finance reform

We need campaign finance reform!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed his commitment to fixing the state’s broken campaign finance system. The League of Women Voters has long supported reform of the current system, which allows big-money donors and special-interest groups to exert too much influence over candidates for office and incumbents in office.

A campaign finance system that has reasonable limits on amounts of contributions, regulates the flow of money to political parties, controls the use of campaign funds and, most of all, is overseen by an independent, non-partisan, well-funded, investigative body with strong enforcement powers will go a long way toward renewing the faith of voters in the election system. Implementation of a small donor system of public financing of campaigns will result in diminishing the effect of big money and increasing voter participation.

Members of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County join the majority of New Yorkers who believe that campaign finance reform is a critical issue. We urge fellow citizens to convey their support of campaign finance reform to our state legislators. You can be connected to your elected official in the Assembly and Senate by calling the main switchboard: Assembly switchboard at 455-4100, Senate switchboard at 455-2800.

Carol Furman

Niskayuna

The writer is action chair for the League of Women Voters of Schenectady.

Don’t call it ‘Homeland,’ call it ‘America’

Something has bothered me for years — the substitution of “Homeland” for “America” i.e., Department of Homeland Security [instead of] Department of American Security.

The “Homeland” vs. America, I want America back!

The Reich was The Fatherland. Soviet Russia was The Motherland and sometimes Fatherland. The Germans and Russians can call their country what they want, I want America back.

I am not sure why some in government chose to phase out “America.” Whatever their reason, it has been a resounding success.

Everyone, everywhere should demand “The Homeland” be removed from all reference in American “officaldumb,” and “America” returned to where it belongs.

Edmond Day

Rotterdam

Raising dropout age not necessary or helpful

I see the Schenectady school board is considering raising the dropout age to 18 [[June 7 Gazette] .

I live in Schenectady, have done poorly and well here. My family is here, and I am raising three kids here. I am going to stick it out and not quit, but sometimes I wonder if the people in charge have a clue.

By raising the age to legally drop out, do you really think that is going get these kids in class? No! It’s going to further smear the district, further reduce the percentage of graduates, and further alienate families considering the school district for their families.

I believe the numbers are already out of whack and some of the kids considered as dropouts have actually moved, or been incarcerated, even deceased in a couple cases. But being counted against the rate of success allows us, as a community, to fail the state guidelines and keeps monies and help from coming to the district that is due us.

I believe the public’s picture of the schools is distorted, and I see the minority-heavy district again getting shortchanged. Our kids deserve more. There has to be a better way than more rules that are set-ups for more failure.

Edward Overton

Schenectady

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June 12, 2013
4:02 a.m.
janesjoys says...

Mr. Day - You have managed to define this uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Perhaps the use of "Homeland" is also reflective of the loss the spirit and heart of America, as well.

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