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DeLucia will serve Malta with wisdom

DeLucia will serve Malta with wisdom

*DeLucia will serve Malta with wisdom *Clerk is violating the civil rights of others *Grads earn mor

DeLucia will serve Malta with wisdom

I had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Vince DeLucia when he served as president of the board of directors, Newmeadow Inc., as I served in the role as the school’s executive director.

Newmeadow is an integrated preschool in Malta, serving children with autism and other special needs alongside children seeking a general preschool education, all in preparation for kindergarten and life beyond.

During his more than 13-year tenure on the Newmeadow board, Vince DeLucia brought a vision and a sense of direction, a wisdom for knowing how to get there and a compassion for those he served. Vince addresses life with an exceptional sense of humor and a commitment to results, making him both pleasant to be around and unusually effective.

All of his qualities are directed by a keen sense of leadership and administrative/management ability.

Vince is a person who never ducks responsibility and is always present and accounted for, especially through challenging times. To work with and spend time with Vince is to realize how impressive, solid and resolute he is in his dealings with people and circumstances.

Finally, Vince DeLucia gets it. He has demonstrated that he will do whatever is necessary to protect the interests of his focus and to serve as Malta town supervisor with vision, wisdom and compassion, whatever task is before him.

Andrew F. McKenzie


Clerk is violating the civil rights of others

It seems that the noise about the Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is centered around her rights. To clarify some misimpressions, they are not her rights, they are our rights. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. defined the scope of personal rights years ago. “Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.”

Simply stated, your rights do not supercede or void my rights, and vice versa. Kim Davis, in order to act upon her religious beliefs, should not marry a woman. That is her right. And only that.

What Ms. Davis is doing is kidnapping the law and imposing her beliefs (swinging her fist) by denying the lawful issuance of a civil document to those with whom she disagrees (their noses). Her beliefs cannot take precedence over their rights. By doing so, she is holding the position that, in that jurisdiction, her rights are the only rights that matter.

Suppose a devout Jew were in charge of issuing licenses for operating restaurants and refused to issue them to places that served ham or shrimp or lobster. Or for those that were open after sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. He would be acting in accordance with his beliefs, but not serving the public, which is his accepted responsibility.

The freedom of religion is specifically granted in the Constitution to prevent the imposition of any single belief on any citizen. This prevents the state, or representatives of the state, from supporting or implementing a specific religion, and this is precisely what is happening in this case.

Ms. Davis is not standing up for her rights as is being alleged, but she is violating the rights of others. That is the real crime.

Frank Elfland


Grads earn more than example in editorial

Your editorial of Oct. 10 regarding college graduates and student loans is very interesting and all wrong. If you had done any research on the Internet at all you would never have used a typical grad’s income at $10 per hour; $20,800 per year. That is what an employee at a fast-food joint would make, not a college graduate.

According to Money on the Web, the median salary for a college grad is $45,778. The lowest listed income for a grad was $36,237 for a liberal arts degree. If you are averaging in all those who do not get a job at all, there is the possibility that you could drag that average down some, but not anywhere near $10 per hour.

If you average in all those who elect to work flipping burgers, you would still get an average more than double what you used.

How about if someone really looks into the situation and gets back to us with the truth instead of with your pointy-headed ideas of how things should work. We would like real facts.

Glenn Schermerhorn


Election letters

The Gazette welcomes letters to the editor from readers on the upcoming election.

To accommodate as many letters as possible, letters should be short — about 200 words. Longer letters might be published online only.

We will not publish letters from candidates or from organized letter-writing campaigns.

The deadline for letters related to the Nov. 3 general election is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

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