October 19, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 19, 2013


---- — Project VoteSmart

TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for your good and useful editorial, “Get to Know Local Candidates.”

If we voters expect to change any part of the stalemated political scene, it needs to start at the bottom in the local, county and state offices. Many of those are up for re-election this November; those are the offices that determine the political ground rules — who can vote, when, and where, for example.

The League of Women Voters website is a good, but there’s another nonpartisan site that I believe you should mention: Project VoteSmart.

It’s excellent for basic information, especially on federal office candidates’ background, positions on specific issues, etc. You can Google it.

And thanks again.




Problem solver

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing this letter to show my support for Peter Ensel for Ward 4 city councilor.

Over the past several years, I have worked closely with Peter on several fundraising projects to benefit our local community. During this time, it has become obvious to me how much Peter cares about the City of Plattsburgh, its residents and its future.

Peter Ensel is a political independent and, as such, is not bound by party lines and will work with all political affiliations for the betterment of the City of Plattsburgh and its residents.

Peter has shown himself to be a problem solver who is not afraid to look “outside the box” when it comes to finding solutions for problems that are at hand.

As owner of a local business, Yipes! in Plattsburgh, I believe that Peter Ensel will make fiscal responsibility a priority while still looking at all avenues for promoting and developing the City of Plattsburgh’s cultural and recreational opportunities, as well as our downtown.

I hope that you will give Peter Ensel your vote for Ward 4 city councilor on Tuesday, Nov. 5.


West Chazy


Peru candidates

TO THE EDITOR: From my long association with the town, I can enthusiastically endorse three candidates in the coming election.

There are two Town Council seats up for grabs.

Jim Douglass, who is seeking re-election, can be counted on to help out whenever a problem arises. He’s interested in keeping our town running smoothly and is willing to work hard to accomplish that.

Don McBrayer is running for the open Town Council position. Don already donates generous amounts of his time to community-development projects. He’s very bright, gets along well with people, is a hard worker and, as an owner of several successful local businesses, will work toward making Peru as business friendly as possible. He regularly attends Town Council meetings and will hit the ground running. I’m really looking forward to seeing his input on the council.

There’s also a race for the town clerk/tax collector position. Kathy Flynn currently holds this position and does a great job. The town would be lucky to have her for another four-year term. When residents visit her office, she greets them by name, with a big welcoming smile, and then proceeds to take care of business. Her positive attitude and competence are huge assets to the town.




Willing to listen

TO THE EDITOR: Paul O’Connell has been a friend of ours for many years.

When we heard that he was running for councilor for Ward 4, our first impression was: He will be a great councilor.

Paul is the kind of man you want on the council. He is an honest, hard-working family man.

As retired city employees, we know how important it is to have people on the council that are willing to listen to the concerns of the people and then take those concerns and make the right decisions.

Paul will do just that for you. Vote for Paul “Crusher” O’Connell for Ward 4 councilor. You won’t be sorry.




Dependable, professional

TO THE EDITOR: This election season, we are fortunate to have numerous qualified candidates running for town, city and county office.

I am writing in support of one those candidates for councilor, an individual who has had a strong professional career at Plattsburgh State, is a committed and dependable member of the Plattsburgh Rotary Club and is a supporter of the Arts Corridor being developed in the downtown area of the city.

This city will be well served by electing Peter Ensel as councilor from Ward 4.




Truly cares

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing to support Bobby Hall Sr. for the position of Clinton County Legislator for Area 10 in the City of Plattsburgh.

A former city alderman and a long-time business owner in the city, he is running for office again because he truly cares about this community and the people who reside in it.

Time and time again, Bobby has showed his support for this community, and as our elected leaders continue to face difficult decisions, he has again thrown his hat in the ring and stepped up to the plate to do what he can for the people of Plattsburgh.

Now, I have not known Bobby for as long as many of you have, but in the time that I have known him, I can honestly tell you that he is the right person for the job. He is running this campaign for all the right reasons, and I know he will work diligently for the people he represents.

As is a long-standing member of Plattsburgh community, he understands first-hand the issues we are all dealing with, so I highly encourage everyone to vote for Bobby Hall on Nov. 5.




Vandalism of signs

TO THE EDITOR: With the fall comes elections, and with elections come roadside signs.

Unfortunately, with roadside signs also come vandalism, theft and moving signs from their original locations to locations that the perpetrators feel are humorous.

While the culprits feel that this is supportive of their candidate, it actually casts a negative cloud on them, as the public sees the untouched signs of a candidate as he or she being complicit in the theft or damage. While this may not be the case, it certainly gives that appearance.

In some cases, the theft or damage to campaign signs can become a criminal offense and makes the perpetrator subject to arrest and prosecution.

By all means, support your candidate. Talk up your candidate, work for them handing out fliers, going door to door, helping with mailings or whatever you need to do for support in helping your choice to be elected.

But, the taking or damage to signs under cover of darkness does more harm than good and is not what the election process is all about. We have a system where anyone can put themselves up for public office and they all deserve a fair chance, not subject to sabotage in the dead of night.

Please honor our system and leave the signs as they are placed.


Essex County sheriff