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Make upstate vote count for something

I was amused by Margie Gallagher’s Oct. 19 letter about Elise Stefanik’s residing in “her parents’ Willsboro vacation home.” This is nothing new.

Why do you think that Patrick Moynihan and Robert Kennedy moved from Massachusetts and Hillary Clinton moved from Arkansas to New York state? They knew that with the New York City Democrats vote, they’d be a shoo-in. Isn’t about time for a separation from New York City power and make the upstate’s vote worth something?

Lou Mosher

Amsterdam

Zegers represents fresh voice in Albany

I’m writing to inform voters in the 113th Assembly District of the chance they have to make a change for the better on Nov. 6.

Carrie Woerner is seeking a third term at the public trough. For her first two terms, Carrie voted to re-elect Sheldon Silver and was his puppet during his corrupt reign. She’s an establishment dinosaur representing old-school politics and smoke-filled rooms. She supports, by her silence, the rabid tactics of her party’s national leadership.

Woerner’s opponent, Morgan Zegers, is a 21-year-old, fresh-faced Republican, running for the first time. She carries no political baggage and is beholden to no one, unlike other incumbents and much like another popular person who had no political experiences but who is presently turning the establishment upside down. Morgan is running on a platform of ethical leadership, economic development and affordability. She will do a much better job than the machine candidate.

You can read all about her in the Aug. 24 Times, where she is the featured poster victim of dirty Democratic tactics.

The old road of the Democratic Party is rapidly changing. Let’s get out a new one in the 113th Assembly District.

Carol Blyskal

Ballston Spa

 

Tedisco flyer leaves out family services

I recently received a political mailer from Sen. Jim Tedisco thinly disguised as a legislative update. Titled, “New Support for Women’s Health Programs,” the flyer mentions support for many valuable women’s health programs, but fails to include support for reproductive/family planning services.

If the senator is truly interested and believes that the “lives of women and their families across the state will be enhanced” by his efforts, these services must be included in the list. Leaving out reproductive services doesn’t support that belief, but instead leaves women (and their families) without the power to make decisions about planning pregnancies and, thus, their own futures.

Perhaps this is an error of omission that Sen. Tedisco failed to correct when approving the flyer. But if his agenda doesn’t include these services, he is failing women and society as a whole.

Sen. Tedisco, please explain this omission. Since you used the state Senate mailer to promote your achievements, you owe it to your constituents to clear up these questions.

Mishka Luft

Niskayuna

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