Press-Republican

April 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 27, 2013


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---- — Action is power

TO THE EDITOR: For some reason, we Americans have allowed one of the greatest travesties of governmental law-making to slip by, until now when we have a lawmaking society composed of “bought and paid for” legislators.

I am not casting all of Congress in this category, only those members who have one allegiance, that to the entity that has funded their election success, to vote in favor of the donor’s greed and benefit.

The refusal of a party to act for the people and to allow our government to stagnate while trying to dethrone our president and the will of the people has to cease. Our votes count for nothing, thanks to this group that has used filibusters and greed to stop almost all proposed legislation from passing.

Now is the time for each of us to use the polls in every national election to make each candidate state for the record their beliefs and promises if elected. It is imperative we remember his/her past performance if running for re-election, and if this candidate has not performed the duties of their office, to remember and vote for a new breed of lawmaker, one that has the interest of the people at heart.

Outside money interests from all businesses, financial, unions, manufacturers, Wall Street that have crippled the ballot voting for the public domain must be stopped immediately. Parties and legislators that succumb to this bribery should be punished severely.

All legislators that filibuster and refuse to vote by shutting down or taking “vacations,” depriving sessions of voting activity, should be deprived of salary compensation for time not in service. Being present for pending legislation must be made mandatory.

Now is the time to bring America back to the voter. Ballpark-speak: “Throw out the bums.” Action is power.

PHILIP J. GORDON

Plattsburgh

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Funding sources

TO THE EDITOR: United for the Kids would like you to believe they were formed in an effort to reduce wasteful spending and improve transparency in the schools.

Group leaders urge you to check the website unionfacts.com and not to buy in to the union’s “do it for the kids propaganda.” What they fail to mention is that website is one of several owned by Richard Berman, one of Washington’s biggest anti-union lobbyists. See http://bermanexposed.org/ for more on him.

United for the Kids charges a membership fee of $20. I am writing this to request that United for the Kids make public, in the interest of transparency, all pertinent financial records.

Where do membership fees and donations beyond that go? Where else does this group secure funding? Are they backed by anti-union interests such as Berman?

This will allow your members to “follow the money,” as they have suggested. On the United for the Kids webpage, the public is urged to “arm yourself with knowledge.” Please allow others to do the same by releasing the group’s financial information.

I have yet to see one positive thing the group has done to improve education. Every action taken is directed at reducing teacher pay or benefits or weakening the union.

I am asking the public to arm yourselves with knowledge. Don’t be fooled by this group’s name. Do not fall for their “for the kids” propaganda.

JEREMY HOY

Plattsburgh