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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.

BILL COWAN

Plattsburgh

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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.

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