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Letters to the Editor

October 19, 2012

Gibson's policies are bad for the country

Gibson’s policies are bad for the country

I strongly urge voters to elect Julian Schreibman as New York’s 19th District representative to Congress.

Chris Gibson rode the Tea Party wave to become our congressman in 2010. Although he claims to be bipartisan, he has voted more than 90 percent of the time with the Republican majority — a majority so invested in “making Obama a one-term president” that it spent two years doing absolutely nothing.

Not only does Rep. Gibson oppose a woman’s right to choose; he also wants to defund Planned Parenthood, which would deprive thousands of women of basic health care, and would cause a rise in teen pregnancy, which we cannot afford as a district or as a nation. 

Mr. Gibson is a climate change denier who cares more about oil industry profits than about the health of our children and grandchildren. His voting record on environmental issues is 17 percent, and he wants to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, giving corporations free rein to pollute our air and water. He and his party talk about “job-killing regulations.” What about health-destroying pollution?

Chris Gibson signed Grover Norquist’s “no tax” pledge, mindlessly asserting that all of the nation’s financial problems can be solved only by cutting programs. We need a representative whose loyalty is to the people, not to Grover Norquist. Julian Schreibman sensibly believes that we need to look at both the spending and revenue sides of our budget problems, eliminating waste wherever it exists and increasing revenues from those who have benefitted most. 

Julian Schreibman has a strong background as a prosecuter who helped bring al-Qaida criminals to justice. He wants to save Medicare, not turn it into voucher care. He knows that caring for our children and teenagers today will mean more productive citizens tomorrow.

Melinda Hardin

Cooperstown

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