Ad against Brindisi filled with lies
I need to respond to an ad released against Anthony Brindisi by a group supporting Claudia Tenney.
The ad has a woman saying she will never vote for Brindisi because he supports Medicare for all and taxes will go up, actually insuring everyone will bring costs down.
She is so wrong about what Brindisi supports. At Town Hall meetings he carefully explained that he supports amending the Affordable Care Act to repair what Donald Trump (and Claudia Tenney) have done to it. Not until the ACA is fixed and working well would he consider medical insurance for all.
But Tenney supporters took what he said totally out of context because that is what they do. Maybe what they should be addressing is the fact that Claudia Tenney voted for a tax break for the richest individuals and corporations; it was not a tax break for the middle class or working-class people. In that same bill was a cut to Medicare to help pay for tax cuts for the richest among us.
Tenney’s financial contributors and Republicans want to cut Medicare even more and have promised to cut Social Security as well. The woman who was on the ad is one of many seniors who will be affected.
Jacquelynn Leisos, Utica
Ads against Tenney bending the truth
As with many, I do not place much stock in political ads. Most bend the truth. However, the most troubling are the ads from the left side of the political spectrum that knock private business, supposedly in defense of “the little guy.”
This year in our area, this theme is being used against Rep. Claudia Tenney, who is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and as such, receives contributions from financial services companies.
Those criticizing that evidently are not aware of the fact that financial service companies, including Met Life, Bank of New York Mellon, The Hartford, Bank of America, Utica National and others employ thousands of local people and contract for millions of dollars of services from local companies.
Most telling is that the primary beneficiaries of these jobs are “the little guy,” the middle class resident who works hard and pays taxes. Any actions taken by our government to reduce their costs and lessen strangling regulations result in the ability for these companies - and their employees - to prosper, which invariably includes creating more jobs.
This sure beats government throwing tons of tax dollars against the wall hoping that something good happens.
Rodger Potocki, New Hartford
Voters think carefully before casting your ballot
Each day I read writings by my liberal Democratic friends calling for more transparency in government and claiming that Republican economic policies unfairly favor the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle classes.
One example they give is the recent lowering of corporate taxes. The reality is that corporations do not pay taxes. Taxes are but one of the costs they factor into the price of their product or services. Thus in effect they are a hidden tax - part of our utility bills, food and clothing costs, gasoline expense, etc. And who pays a substantially higher proportion of their income for these items and thus a greater proportion of their income for these hidden taxes - the poor and middle income families.
And who is calling for higher corporate taxes and thus a proportionally greater burden for the poor and middle income classes? None other than the self-proclaimed liberal Democratic champions of these families. Something for all voters to think about when casting their vote in November.
Donald Van Waes, New Hartford
'Mob rule' disrespects what we stand for
For weeks I have seen Brindisi supporters out in front of Rep. Claudia Tenney’s office on French Road with their signs and a person with a President Trump mask, wearing a prison garment, mocking the president of the US. (If we did that with an Obama mask we would be labeled racist.)
But on Oct. 5 there was a sign saying “No Rapist on the Supreme Court." I find this extremely disrespectful and disgusting toward our president and our justice. Guilty until proven innocent?
This is a party of hate and mob rule; screaming at senators in elevators and restaurants. I hope people will use their heads on Election Day. Do you want a Congress working for the people or mob rule and disrespect? Don’t be the person with the billy goat brain and a mockingbird mouth!
Susanne Girvan, Yorkville