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September 6, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 6, 2013

Franklin candidates

TO THE EDITOR: The Town of Franklin Democratic caucus will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Franklin Town Hall.

Candidates are needed for supervisor, Town Council (two), highway superintendent, town clerk and justice of the peace.

Democratic members may consider being a candidate for an office in the November election.

Qualifications are: truthful, no anger; honest effort to serve all people; no experience necessary, be willing to learn and abide with the laws, policies and rules set by governments.

A caucus should not be a “done deal” by the committee.

You, as a Democrat, have the privilege to be present at the caucus and participate in the selection of candidates.

Let us break the stigma of “Why vote in the election? There are no choices.”

MARY ELLEN KEITH

Franklin

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Supports Tiffer

TO THE EDITOR: City of Plattsburgh voters will be faced with a very important decision Nov. 5. They will be asked to elect a new mayor.

 As a citizen, you have the right to vote to elect your future representatives. This right is often taken for granted.

By this, I mean that many voters cast their ballot with no inkling about the background, character and qualifications of the candidates in general — not to mention the potential consequences of their choice.

Many depend on others to tell them who is the best choice, while many just pick a name that sounds good.

This can, and has, led to the election of those who have no experience, no qualifications or a personal agenda. We have seen this in the previous mayoral candidates. Let’s not do this again.

Mark Tiffer has a proven record of outstanding leadership abilities. I worked beside Mark while employed at U.P.S. His leadership and management skills are impeccable.

He has been instrumental in the endeavors to increase community involvement. Plattsburgh City Recreation Department has seen enormous growth in its community participation, most notably the Rockeater Adventure Race. Plattsburgh had become a place where runners ran, but Mark knew they thirsted for more adventurous stuff; he was right.

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