Letters to the editor May 24

Vote for Flynn in the Democratic primary

I am voting for Brian Flynn in the June primary because, as a Congressional Representative for District 19, he will work to enact legislation that supports working families and creates the good jobs that are essential for our district’s well-being. Flynn advocates for an integrated set of supports that will return investments in the public good after years of unbalanced growth in corporate wealth and big-money influence that only benefits the wealthiest.

Good paying jobs in District 19 will not happen without investments in transportation and technology infrastructure, education and vocational training. Access to quality health care that can transfer from one job to another is necessary if people are to be able to change employment in our fluid economy. Entrepreneurs who want to set up a small business should not be deterred by the costs of providing health care. Without health care and good jobs, we have a shrinking tax base, increased levels of disadvantage and demoralization and the connected social costs.

These steps will not be taken if we continue on the current trajectory. The withdrawal of investments from people into the pockets of those at the top has given us the illusion that we have nothing to work with. Imagine the investments in workers that could have been made with the money that just went to the massive tax cuts to those at the top. Those cuts will result in higher debt and fewer investments in workers going forward.

Flynn’s town hall presentations display his serious study and commitment to how we can achieve Medicare for all. Visit his website, www.brianflynn.us, and his Facebook page.

Susan Staples
Stone Ridge, NY

Find out about the candidates: Rhodes in Callicoon

If you’re dissatisfied with the current state of politics, feeling like maybe your voice is just one crying in the wilderness, you’re not alone. Don’t despair, get involved.

Check out the candidates running for office, locally and nationally, and support those that represent the issues that concern you, whether it’s health care, taxes, gun control and education or making sure your social security is there when you need it. To make the best choice, you need to know your candidate. 

Democratic Congressional candidate Gareth Rhodes, traveling to all 163 towns in New York’s 19th district, will visit Callicoon on Tuesday, May 29. He’ll be at the Callicoon Brewery from 5 to 7 p.m.      

New York State’s Democratic primary is June 26. Change is possible. Be informed, make your voice heard, vote. 

Zeke Boyle
Callicoon, NY

Do your homework

Nothing is being done to protect our school-children. Trump is “with them,” whatever that means. The truth is, he and the National Rifle Association (NRA) support one another. According to the NRA and its members, if everyone carried a gun, the good guys would protect everyone. In fact, it would be the wild west all over again. The people who survived back then were the first to aim and shoot, whether they were saints or sinners.

The NRA has big money and power in Washington. They throw their support behind politicians who don’t support better gun control. Trump is right up their alley.

I heard it said that the National Rifle Association is one step away from being a terrorist organization. Think about it. And if you are a member of the NRA, your finger is on the trigger every time an innocent American is gunned down. Maybe God can forgive you, but nobody else should.

Mary E. Hawran
Honesdale, PA

 

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