Local candidates kept things classy
To the Editor,
Many thanks to our neighbor and former State Democratic Assemblyman Steve Sanders for reminding us that members of our community have independently crossed lines in the past to vote for and support a number of Republicans like Senator Roy Goodman, Congressman Bill Green and Councilman Eristoff. They were able to work with other bi-partisan legislators to get things done and avoid the national voting gridlock we’ve experienced these last four years.
Credit is well deserved for Frank Scala, a Republican who is a member of our Community Board 6 and the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association Board and active on the 13th Precinct Community Council.
Frank believes in the two party system and will defend his viewpoint but not engage in prolonged gridlock. Even the editorial staff of Town & Village doesn’t disparage either candidate, but can suggest to the reader “Does years of being elected reflect voters’ approval of performance or is it preferable to have term limits such as those persons we elect to the City Council?”
I couldn’t help but be impressed by the advertisement in last week’s T&V paid for by Robert Ardini who is running against Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney who has served our district with distinction for 23 years.It was refreshing to see that he thanked her “for the most part” of doing a wonderful job in Congress, appreciated her for her efforts, and expressed his concern for the national debt, gridlock, and term limits. Mr. Ardini ended his ad “with utmost respect and appreciation.”
When the 2016 election has been decided, how are we the electorate going to help our leaders break deadlock and learn to work together for the common good? How are we going to replace the future citizen’s united way of seeking to “buy” election results with big money? How are our schools and our communities helping young people to understand what a democracy is and the importance of voting? When and how are we going to make climate change get the attention it deserves?
Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better and maybe 2016 is one of those times. In any case, I think our town can be a model for the nation in moving beyond gridlock partisan politics by working for the common good of all citizens who may or may not agree with us.
Joy Garland, ST
Hillary pilloried for not being perfect
I am writing in response to John Cappelletti’s Soapbox column published in T&V on 11/3/16, “What’s a voter to do?”.
I am proud to vote for Hillary Clinton who is intelligent, experienced, competent and completely qualified. She was elected twice to the Office of Senator from New York and tapped by Barack Obama to be Secretary of State. She filled both positions with distinction. She has always fought for the rights of working Americans, especially women and their children, understands that climate change is one of the most important issues of our times, supports gun control and has sensible plans for economic reform. Her career has shown that she is capable of growth and change.
Is she perfect? No. Is there a politician in this country who is? Bernie Sanders, who has endorsed Clinton, ran on a platform of grandiose ideas that he did not have a hope of getting through Congress. If he has pushed Hillary Clinton further to the left, good for him, but he is not qualified to head the Executive Office.
Much of the criticism of Hillary Clinton that has appeared in the print and non-print media is an attempt to portray this as a close race and to enhance their products they are selling.
In addition, after electing 44 males to the position of President, many men and women are comfortable with that lopsided record and struggle to see a woman in that office. They find reasons to attack her over not very much. Misogyny, unfortunately, is still alive and well. Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote in support of Frances Perkins as the first Secretary of Labor, “How men hate a woman in a position of real power.” That point of view is still around, albeit unconsciously in the minds of many. There is simply no comparison between Hillary Clinton and her dangerous opponent, Donald Trump. He is unfit for public office.
This, however, is not the reason to vote for Clinton. She stands on her own, a capable woman. You don’t need to hold your nose.
Name withheld, ST
T&V forgot about someone
To the Editor:
I read T&V’s opinion page for the week of Thursday November 3, 2016 and want to commend Mr. John Cappelletti for his sober and insightful perspective of the upcoming election. His Soapbox was far superior to the paper’s editorial, much less Steven Sanders’ weekly Tidbits.
My reason for weighing in, however, is that T&V’s’ editorial states that Senator Hoylman is running uncontested. Yet I’d been asked to meet Rabbi Stephen Roberts on the street weeks ago. I asked, “Are you the guy taking on Brad Hoylman?” He confirmed that he was. I wished him the very best of luck.
Yesterday, November 5, I got a mailing from Reb Roberts, likening Senator Hoylman to Shelly Silver and Dean Skelos.
I’ve not seen Hoylman campaigning on the street nor received any mailings from him. Sounds like T&V has it backwards.
Billy Sternberg, ST
Editor’s note: Billy Sternberg is correct. Stephens had run as an Independent candidate against State Senator Brad Hoylman. In our endorsements last week we incorrectly stated that Hoylman was running uncontested. We were unable to reach Roberts in time for our deadline but should he choose to run for office again we look forward to speaking with him about the issues important to him and the voters. We are sorry it didn’t happen in time for this election.