April 29, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 29, 2013


---- — Judicial elections

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing regarding the upcoming 2013 Fourth Judicial District Supreme Court judicial elections.

These important judges decide civil lawsuits, such as injuries, employment issues, foreclosures, civil rights, contract disputes and actions against local governments.

Voters in each of the 11 counties in the Fourth District, from Schenectady County to Clinton County to St. Lawrence County, vote for these judges. Judges can live anyplace in the 11-county area and be assigned to another county where there is no residing judge.

Right now, neither Clinton nor Essex counties has a judge who resides in those counties and sits in the respective courthouses. Essex County has two judges who visit from Warren County and Schenectady County. Clinton County has one judge who visits from Warren County.

It costs taxpayers’ money for those judges to drive to Clinton and Essex counties. County Law Section 218 and Judiciary Law Section 222(a) require the expense of thousands of dollars to have judges from the southern counties travel to the North Country.

As a lawyer who litigates many civil cases in the Clinton County and Essex County Supreme Courts, I support attorney John Silvestri for Supreme Court judge. He lives in Essex County. If elected, he could be the full-time sitting judge in Elizabethtown.

I support him because he is the most qualified person for the job, regardless of political party, and because he lives in Essex County.




Opposed to war

TO THE EDITOR: It is depressing to see how the war propaganda machine works again, as it did for Iraq, but this time mainly for Iran: “Iran poses a great threat to our country and must be stopped. There is evidence of imminent danger, etc. etc.” — so it goes.

Before the Iraq War, the whole world (except us) knew that Baghdad was not a hotbed for AI-Qaeda and that Hans Blix, the WMD inspector, was close to determining that there were no such weapons in Iraq.

Instead of being satisfied, our administration then attacked France and Germany for their opposition to our war-mongering. Eventually, a large portion of Americans believed the carefully orchestrated schemes of Bush, Wolfowitz, Cheney and Perle. Even some top Democrats fell for the nonsense.

Today, we face nearly the same scenario. People I talk to are worried about Iran, Syria, North Korea, Yemen and others — all threatening our safety.

Some networks and many embedded journalists already refuse to call the bluff and again are allowing the infamous “one percenters” (who need wars for their continuous enrichment) to gradually wheedle the ever-oblivious population into supporting yet another war of aggression.

The members of the emerging local Green Party are firmly opposed to any war, especially when based on some flimsy “evidence.” We stand for peace, fairness, equality and all other progressive causes.

We hope that the readers of this paper will carefully study all evidence available to them, giving preference to peace and negotiation over a new war — a war that only enriches corporate giants, at the expense of all other Americans. Stop all our wars.