McDonald a man of principle and honor who deserved better
I was extremely sad this week to see that [state Sen.] Roy McDonald had decided to end his campaign for the New York state Senate.
As a former union activist (CSEA) and writer for two union publications, I had the pleasure to meet and talk with Roy on many occasions. I found him to be a man of intelligence, wit and great compassion for his constituents. Ironically, these are the very qualities that seem to be severely lacking in most of our local, state and national politicians.
During his term in office, Roy has been a vocal defender and advocate for the rights of veterans and children with disabilities. He always voted with his head and his heart while ignoring the partisan politics that have become such a threat to our democracy in recent years.
Unfortunately, his support of gay marriage in New York led his own party to turn on him and throw their support to his primary opponent, Kathy Marchione. With the help of the state GOP, Marchione was able to wage a sleazy and negative campaign against McDonald and win the primary by the narrowest of margins. Her entire campaign was based solely on the gay marriage issue instead of the very real problems facing our state.
Considering the fact that the gay marriage amendment is now the law in New York and Ms. Marchione can do nothing to change that, I question just what she plans to accomplish if she is elected ? Through small-mindedness, the people in her district have lost one of the last honest politicians in the state and a truly good man.
McDonald proved that he was his own man right to the very end when he turned down Gov. Cuomo’s offer of support if he continued his campaign on the Independent line. I believe that Roy knows enough of Cuomo to realize that his support would come with some very large strings attached.
I only hope that Roy will re-emerge politically in the near future, hopefully to run for national office. Politics at every level today is completely lacking in honor and dedication to public service. At this time, we need people like Roy McDonald in office more than ever.
While I wish Roy all the best, I fervently hope that we see him back in politics sooner rather than later.
For insulting voters, McDonald deserved fate
Regarding your Sept. 28 editorial, “McDonald showed more class than GOP voters”: Roy McDonald was my state senator before redistricting. I didn’t get the opportunity to vote for him or against him this go-round. If I had, I would have voted for Kathy Marchione, largely because of Sen. McDonald’s behavior after his vote on the gay marriage bill — not because the vote itself was an end-all issue for me.
All we want as citizens is to be told where our representatives stand on issues and to see them follow through on their promise. Sen. McDonald had given repeated assurances to his constituents that he was not a supporter of the gay marriage bill. He chose to vote differently when the time came, whatever the reason.
Perhaps it was a matter of personal conscience, perhaps something more. His constituents deserved, at the time, at least a reasoned response as to why the change. Instead they got a very public, profanity-laced, diatribe to the tune of take this job and shove it. He insulted them. And it would appear he paid a price for it.
Much as you insulted many of your readers with this particular editorial headline [“McDonald showed more class than GOP voters”]. Ascribing a quality to a citizen’s honest vote puts you on a slippery slope, and quite frankly is more than a little revealing.
Why must all of Glenridge Road be ‘completely closed’?
The Sept. 29 article [“Roundabout to be built next year”] in the Gazette indicated that Glenridge Road will be “completely closed” next summer so the roundabout construction can be completed.
Glenridge Road goes from its intersection with Route 146, through the roundabout construction area, all the way to Route 50.
I can’t believe the far west section of Glenridge Road needs to be closed. There are many businesses, town offices, police department, cemetery, library, funeral home and apartments at the west end of Glenridge. Surely traffic can be allowed to reach these facilities from Route 50, but not allowed further east toward the roundabout construction.
I think the term “completely closed” needs to be clarified so people will know what they have to deal with.
Nation stuck with Lincoln, and should with Obama
[President] Lincoln was asked why he should be re-elected as the Civil War was in progress and beginning to look as if it was in its end stages. He replied, “You do not change horses in the middle of the stream.”
We are hopefully beginning to look as if we are at the end stages of the Great Recession and now is not the time to change horses or presidents.
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