Likes Martz answers

TO THE EDITOR: We recently attended a “house party’ for congressional candidate Emily Martz and were deeply impressed with her background expertise in business and education, plus her passion for residents of the North Country.

Of the many questions she answered, the one which struck us the most was Emily’s idea of having part of the revenue generated from a carbon tax going to those whose daily energies are taken up with making a decent living for their families.

In Nov. 28, 2015, the Economist magazine did a special report on climate change, which included this statement: “If governments were to levy a hefty tax on carbon, they would drive the most polluting power stations off the system.”

Money, in the form of tax relief, could be shared in any number of creative ways. Emily Martz wants practical, down-to-earth answers for everyday people.

We want to put her in Congress to initiate solutions for the greater good of us all.

BOBBI AND DICK PEREZ

Willsboro

A lesson from history

TO THE EDITOR: Regarding a comment in a recent letter to the Editor, here’s a little history lesson from a retired French teacher.

Poor Marie Antoinette. Betrothed at age 11 and married at 15 to an unknown man in a foreign country, she was sent to wed King Louis XVI of France by her famous mother Empress Maria Theresa, the ruler of the Hapsburg dominions.

Maria Theresa and Louis consolidated their power through this marriage of convenience.

Marie, with her German accent, was hated by the French from the get-go. Shunning the gilded halls of the palace, she preferred “Le Hameau,” a rustic retreat built for her in the park of Versailles.

But Marie could not escape the reality of her situation as the unhappy queen of a self- indulgent ruler, the last of the line of French kings who wielded absolute power by divine right.

When the monarchy collapsed, and starving peasants took to the streets, her alleged comment, “Let them eat cake” was repeated to demonstrate her profound ignorance of the wretched lives of the citizens.

There is no proof that she ever uttered these words, which dog her throughout history. (Translation: If you have no bread, just eat cake.)

A final sketch of Marie, by French artist David, is noteworthy: proud to the end, ramrod straight, her long tresses shorn, she was transported to the guillotine in an open wooden cart.

Before she was beheaded, revolutionary courts forced her children, her only real friends, to betray her.

ANNE BAILEY

Plattsburgh

Offer retirement info

TO THE EDITOR: Many employers don’t prioritize retirement benefits because they are focused on offering what employees say they want most, like more flexible hours.

But offering information on retirement products could give employers a competitive advantage. New data from the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council shows industry and employer size are two of the most influential factors that determine if a worker is ready for retirement, putting employer’s influence at the center of the retirement conversation.

Retirement benefits can be realized through increased retirement access and increased education on products available outside of employer-provided plans.

While employers may not be in a financial position to boost 401(k) contributions, they can provide valuable information on retirement products that empower their workers to take retirement into their own hands.

We’ve seen that access to information on which financial products provide lifetime income, balance a portfolio and offer principal protection from market volatility, like fixed indexed annuities, correlates to retirement readiness.

By providing education, employers can increase their benefits package without increasing their budget and give back to their most valuable asset: their people.

JIM POOLMAN

Executive director

Indexed Annuity Leadership Council

Strong regional ties

TO THE EDITOR: I came to know Tedra Cobb in 2006 when we were members of a New York State Department of Health Task Force charged to recommend solutions for the medically underserved North Country.

Well-intended medical programs that work in cities and suburbs do not easily reach rural residents in our geographically vast district. A program that works in Glens Falls does not necessarily work in Keene Valley.

Tedra was a memorable presence.

When I learned that Tedra was seeking to be our congresswoman, I knew I had to offer my support.

Tedra’s knowledge and commitment stand out. She knows health care. But most important she knows our region. She was born in Canton, and she lives here. Tedra knows about here; she cares about here.

I would be proud to call Tedra my congresswomen. She is honest, smart and wants to represent the people of our region. She is truly one of us.

NEIL ROBERTS

Schuylerville

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