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August 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 20, 2013

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I am a mother, grandmother and retired teacher. My only political ambition is to serve the people in Ward One and the City of Plattsburgh. As I have visited neighborhoods in the city’s South End, I’ve received a consistent and clear message: People want a leader who will listen to and act on their concerns.

Ward 1 residents are concerned about taxes. They recognize that Plattsburgh needs to grow and move forward. As a taxpayer, I can identify with the burden people feel. Responsible and sustainable development is key to generating new revenue. Planning is essential.

People are disappointed. They know the consequences of poor planning and shortsighted solutions. They know the history of lost opportunities and their costs.

A vote for me is a vote for finding creative solutions to our fiscal problems. Together, we can make Plattsburgh a great place to live, work and play.

I’ve also found that folks in Ward 1 feel out of touch with city government. I’m struck by how this feeling connects with Americans’ outlook on government in general. I will work hard to build community participation and pride by regularly holding Ward 1 forums.

As Councilor, I will take your concerns seriously and represent them. A vote for me is a vote recharging our democracy, starting with Ward 1.

City Democrats endorsed me because they know that Plattsburgh needs to move in a new and positive direction. Vote for me Sept. 10. I will work for and with you for a better future.

RACHELLE ARMSTRONG

Plattsburgh

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Tournament hopes

TO THE EDITOR: We would like to thank our sponsors for their support during our recent startup tournament for the Plattsburgh FC Soccer Club.

 We held a round-robin-style tournament with teams from Vermont — the Nordic Soccer Club and the Catamounts — along with a team from Saratoga — the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club — on June 29 at SUNY Plattsburgh Field House.

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