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, writes:

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.
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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 
the election?

 What Foundation?

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 
waste to 
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. 
As our 
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 
Horseheads  resident 


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