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What you need to know for 01/22/2018

Honor Guard remembers fallen heroes every day

Honor Guard remembers fallen heroes every day

*Honor Guard remembers fallen heroes every day *Assemblyman Tony Jordan helped to expand DNA databan

Honor Guard remembers fallen heroes every day

Americans should take their hats off and salute all of the honor guards that continue to serve their country long after their military service is over.

These dedicated veterans from all wars and all branches of service continue to stay active and perform the military rights that honor our veterans in their time of need. This takes place on a daily basis at all national cemeteries and other cemeteries.

I say thank you. Thank you for your continued service to our fallen heroes. Our country and families of these departed veterans thank you.

We can’t say enough for your kind deeds and service. God bless America

Sid Gordon

Saratoga Springs

Assemblyman Tony Jordan helped to expand DNA databank

Nothing is more important than keeping our families and communities safe. It was a great step forward earlier this year when New York passed legislation to expand the DNA databank, which means we can keep track of more criminals to help prevent and solve crimes. I am so appreciative that my assemblyman, Tony Jordan, helped passed this law that will significantly improve our police forces’ ability to combat crime in our neighborhoods.

Tony Jordan knew that an expanded DNA databank enables our police officers and court systems to more efficiently process and solve crimes by dangerous criminals. It will certainly help increase the likelihood of convicting criminals for their crimes.

I’m proud of Assembly members like Tony Jordan who came together and took a stand against crime that will enhance public safety and help protect my family.

Chuck Marshall

Saratoga Springs

Gibson’s ability has earned him the respect of both parties

To the voters in the new 19th Congressional District, I ask your support or, at a minimum, respect for Rep. Chris Gibson. The race for this new district has turned incredibly dirty. As Rep. Gibson’s opponent faces another losing election, his outright dishonesty must be addressed.

Chris Gibson is an extraordinary man of character and integrity. He fought for upstate New York when we were crushed by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. He fought his own party and leadership to get funding reinstated into the federal broadband program, and he succeeded with support from House Democrats.

He voted for tax proposals to increase revenue, and to decrease spending. He stood with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to ensure our returning veterans have the best opportunities for jobs and a transition to normal lives.

As strongly as I believe in Chris, you have the ultimate responsibility to vote your conscience. But I do know that casting aspersions against a 24-year veteran (retired colonel), a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University, a commander of the 82nd Airborne’s mission in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and a loving family man to his wife, children and mother, is desperate and scurrilous.

Chris Gibson is a moderate, sensitive man. His proven ability to unite people is a quality needed in Washington. Rep. Chris Gibson will bring the newly redistricted 19th Congressional District the same respected representation he did to his former constituents. We deserve his skills, and I believe you will agree.

Bruce Tuchman


The writer is the former Saugerties Democratic chairman.

Obama’s record falls flat on his promises

In office Barack Obama has done the following: bailed out General Motors, cheated secured creditors out of their legal rights and handed the company over to his union supporters. Taxpayers lost tens of billions of dollars, and the company is still heading for bankruptcy.

All we have to show for it is the Chevy Volt, not exactly a best-seller.

He followed this with the stimulus, borrowing and spending over $787 billion. It turned into a slush fund, much going to the politically collected. It did not, as the president claim, prevent unemployment from going over 8 percent. In fact, the only thing that has gotten unemployment under 8 percent is people giving up, not longer looking for jobs, and thus not being counted in the official unemployment rate.

Then came Obamacare, an unaffordable, freedom-killing debacle predicated on the insulting belief that a government can tax people for purchases they don’t make. Already it has increased health-care costs by over $2,000, despite promises to drop prices.

Acting from this bill, Obama has ordered religious firms to provide contraception and abortifacient drugs, despite it being against their religious convictions. So much for religious liberty.

Unfortunately, rule by fiat has become another trend. On abortion, immigration, energy production and numerous other issues Obama has simply ignored Congress, instead trying to rule via unelected bureaucracies.

Then consider that despite his promises to cut the deficit in half, Obama has run trillion-dollar deficits in each of his four years, adding nearly $6 trillion in new debt. Spendthrift George W. Bush didn’t even rack up that much in eight years.

Consider also that Obama is using executive privilege to cover up the Fast and Furious scandal. His appointees apparently thought it was a good idea to put guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, and make no attempt to track them. Three hundred Mexicans and two American border patrolmen have died as a result.

Add in his attempted cover-up regarding the attacks in Libya, and we have more than enough reason to send this man packing. He should not be given a second term. Mitt Romney is a better choice.

David Welch


Commission-type government vs. current government: not much difference

I am a registered voter in Saratoga Springs, and the current debate about charter form made me wonder where our unusual commission form of government came from. So I did a little historical research and the result makes me much more likely to vote yes on charter reform.

In 1900 the city of Galveston, Texas, was devastated by a hurricane and 6,000 lives were lost — still the worst natural disaster in terms of death toll in our history. Worried that the incumbent city council would not be able to get the town back on its feet, a group of businessmen asked the state of Texas to throw out the council and appoint commissioners to run the town.

After some political infighting, the commissioner system was adopted, but they would be elected not appointed. The result was the same form of government we have today, along with very few other cities, in Saratoga Springs.

The “Galveston Plan,” also called the “Texas Plan,” spread rapidly until 500 towns and cities adopted it by 1918. However, these cities gradually switched to the council-city manager format (the same format we will be switched to if the “yes” vote prevails), which was felt to provide the same benefits of participatory democracy but without the risk of being controlled by big business.

By 1984 there were only 177 cities nationwide with the commission format; Galveston itself switched to a council-city manager format. Today, of course, there are even fewer commission-format cities and Saratoga is one of only two left in New York state.

I found this history lesson by googling “Galveston Plan,” which led me to a page called “Commission Form of City Government” on the website of the Texas State Historical Society. I hope your readers find this of interest.

Otis Maxwell

Saratoga Springs

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