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Tonko had a long run, but it’s time to retire

Thursday, October 18, 2012
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Tonko had a long run, but it’s time to retire

On Nov. 6 we will go to the polls charged with a heavy responsibility. We, the voters of the newly formed 21st Congressional District, will have a choice, and I believe it is a clear choice, between the incumbent, Rep. Paul Tonko, and the challenger, Bob Dieterich.

In making your choice there are some undisputed facts of which you should be aware. Regardless of the desires of his constituents, during his tenure Rep. Tonko has voted with former speaker, Nancy Pelosi, 95 percent of the time.

Ignoring the wishes of his district, Rep. Tonko has voted for Obamacare. Rep. Tonko is paid a pension of over $64,000 per year for his previous work in the New York state Legislature.

There is a very attractive alternative, Bob Dieterich. Bob is the chief financial officer of the First National Bank of Scotia. In that position, Bob has successfully worked with individuals, members of the community and small businesses. In fact, he was selected Cheif Financial Officers of the year for 2011 by the Capital District Business Review.

Bob, a local resident (Glenville), is very much a family man, with a wife and three daughters. Additionally, he is an officer with the Air National Guard.

With a national debt of over $16 trillion, rising gasoline prices that are approaching $5 gallon, and an 8 percent unemployment rate, it is clear that change is needed. Bob Dieterich will provide responsive leadership, financial responsibility and unparalleled excellence as our congressman.

Stephen B. Ames

Malta

Enjoy a healthy life, schedule a cancer screening

I work in prevention services. The services in my area of prevention have to do with education in the realm of substance abuse and violence.

There is another prevention service that is important to me, as well — the Cancer Services Program of Fulton-Montgomery Counties coordinated by Suzanne Hagadorn at St. Mary’s Healthcare.

As a breast cancer survivor, I am living proof of the importance and significance of early detection. I cannot — nor do I want to — imagine what outcomes would result were it not for the thought and continuing efforts at comprehensive cancer screening. The service providers in our community that offer cancer screening and treatment are among the most supportive and caring people I have ever had in my life. To those I hold in my heart for that, I thank you.

There’s no doubt that fear and anxiety can hold us back from many things — cancer screening is one such “thing.” The results of holding on to such fear might only create more and bigger fears ahead, however.

If you have an additional fear because you are uninsured for cancer screening, please call Suzanne Hagadorn at 841-3726. These services, along with cancer support and education services, are there for you.

Our wellness is in our hands, and our service providers are there for us with open arms. Let’s join them to bring as much health and wellness to our community as we can.

MaryAnn Dignazio Louison

Amsterdam

 
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