The Gannett papers are limiting campaign letters to only 50 words!!
In a message dated 10/17/2016 3:45:29 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Ruth Young's latest brilliant piece.
The major regional papers won't be printing this because their limit on
campaign letters is 500 words. It is however supposed to appear in the
Watkins Review/Yates County Observer next week.
Sent: 10/12/2016 1:26:02 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Fw: O'Mara's Foundation
Just sent in to local papers. How about all of us writing articles before
Senator O'Mara says the southern tier has a strong foundation upon which
to build. Chemung County is at the bottom of the heap in public health;
number 60 out of 62 counties in N.Y. State. Cornell Cooperative Extension of
Chemung County is seeking grant funding to start a poverty reduction program
next summer in one Elmira neighborhood. This program is said to be working
in developing countries such as Paraguay. If granted, this is the first
time it will be tried in the U.S.A. An October sixth newspaper article about “
The State of the Child in Chemung County” indicates that people have jobs
but the jobs do not pay enough to keep it together even when both partners
are working. Children are suffering here physically and emotionally.
We have just made it through the hottest summer ever recorded on Planet
Earth since 1880 when global climate records were started. A serious drought
that devastated many of our farms has ensued. I will never forget the town
hall meeting in Horse heads where Mr. O'Mara and Mr. Friend told us that
Climate Change was probably not a reality and if it was, had not been caused
by human behavior. Peer reviewed science has no impact on their thinking.
There are hundreds of thousands of tons of frack waste pouring into N.Y.
State; much of it landing in the Chemung County landfill. Mr. O'Mara and Mr.
Friend have not raised a finger in protest. Mr. O'Mara chairs the N.Y.
State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee thanks to Dean Skelos, and
yet two years ago his swing vote killed a bill that would have banned
fracking waste imports. This year he has disallowed the Environmental
Conservation Committee from voting on a bill that would have required frack
be regulated as hazardous if it met health risk criteria. Tom O'Mara was a
strong opponent of the statewide fracking ban and is a salaried partner at
Barclay Damon, a large law firm with many clients in the fracking, waste
disposal, pipeline, and power generation industries. It would be interesting
to know how many of the land owners with fracking contracts who got stiffed
by the gas companies for royalties unpaid have been helped by the Barclay
Damon law firm. Facts are from Peter Mantius, an excellent investigative
These problems do not make for a strong foundation. Mr. O'Mara and Mr.
Friend have forgotten what really forms a strong foundation. Healthy children
with good quality schools, living wage jobs, clean air and water
uncontaminted with microbeads and toxic waste leaking from dumps, and energy
efficiency built into every home make for strong foundations of communities.
present representatives, we wish they were better acquainted with these
concepts. Since they are not, we are thankful to have good alternatives to
vote for on November 8th.
Ruth S. Young
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