October 15, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 15, 2013


---- — Support dissolution

TO THE EDITOR: Residents of Keeseville, please remember to come out and vote “yes” on the plan for the dissolution of the Village of Keeseville from noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 22.

The mayor and trustees originally approved the plan and are now telling us that it will have more of a negative impact than a positive one. If this is true, why would they have voted in support of the plan in the first place? Do you believe they have our best interest in mind?

I believe most residents, as backed up by the overwhelming majority who voted yes on the dissolution of the village, feel we need to start getting rid of layers of government.

I have spoken with several residents of Peru, which was once a village, and they have stated that dissolution had nothing but a positive effect on their community.

I strongly urge everyone to come back out and vote again to make sure our voices are heard.




Jay justices

TO THE EDITOR: The Town of Jay is better served by having two town justices.

Two justices provide more diversity. The paperwork submitted by lawyers can be cumbersome. Furthermore, two positions reduce the potential for too much power in one person’s hands, conflicts of interest and court cancellations and delay of justice.

If on Oct. 16, the town elects to keep the second position, I will remain a candidate for town justice.

I received a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. As a mental-health professional since 1972 and a resident of Upper Jay for 24 years, I have dealt with individuals from all walks of life. I come from a family with seven generations of Harvard Law graduates, and last fall I studied criminal law at SUNY Plattsburgh.

My community service includes volunteer counseling with traumatized families, community theater and forensics with local youth and Adopt-A-Highway for five years.

My goals for town justice are:

▶ Pursue restorative justice, a relatively new concept, which empowers the victim while holding convicted individuals accountable.

▶ Treat those who come before me with integrity and without regard for race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

▶ Promote community awareness of issues such as chemical dependency, domestic violence, mental illness and property rights.

Being honest and perceptive and not taking things personally are qualities that I strive for. I think outside of the box and am humble enough to admit my mistakes.

I believe these qualifications and personal attributes will help make me a strong town justice who recognizes that equal justice is a fundamental principal of American freedom.

In the words of Khalil Gibran, “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”


Upper Jay