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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Politicians must do more to serve poor

Politicians have no power over agencies that are private. These agencies are allowed to govern their services and in so doing, unfairness to the very poor is allowed. The poor have no recourse in actions against the injustices done.

The politicians can only write letters that carry no weight. In defense of the poor, the poor are requested to retain legal representation, which they can't afford, or do an Article 78 appeal of a government decision. The Article 78 process is very extensive and lawyers don't want to do them.

Why should the poor vote? The only reason is for the politicians to raise numbers during the election. Because there's no help for the very poor by the elected offices.

Please respond if you have had problems with Section 8, Social Services or car manufacturers, just to name a few -- agencies allowed to practice unfair actions against the very poor.

Deborah Rembert

Schenectady

The writer is a community activist.

Hall has experience in actual court practices

Lately there has been a spate of letters in your opinion section urging voters to support one candidate or another for Schenectady County Family Court judge.

They tout their favorite candidate's experience, community involvement and generally all-around wonderfulness.

While it is true that all four Democratic candidates have significant legal experience and are generally qualified, there is only one candidate that truly has the unique requisite experience to stand out from the field. That candidate is Ursula Hall.

When Kevin Burke was overwhelmingly elected Family Court judge in 2013, he had to put together his court staff. The most important selection he could make was that of his court attorney. That is the person who does his research, vets his cases and gives him daily advice on all matters before him.

Judge Burke could have chosen any number of experienced and capable lawyers to fill that position. The fact is he chose Ursula Hall because of her good judgment and her expertise in the field of Family Court matters, and she has been at his side from the day he was sworn in.

Judges may not make political endorsements, nor should they. But Judge Burke's faith in Ursula Hall speaks volumes about her qualifications and experience. I strongly recommend we follow his lead and support Ursula Hall on Primary Day, Sept. 9.

Peggy King

Schenectady

The writer is president of the Schenectady City Council.

Blame not limited to just owner in dog case

Re Aug. 28 article, "Dogs to be put down": Today [Aug. 29] is the day that Vic and Tyson are to be euthanized due to the irresponsible training they received from the humans they lived with. I sympathize with all of the dogs and all of the humans involved.

Now, their owner, Sean McKearn is restricted from owning another dog for a specified length of time. Has it escaped the judge's notice that, according to earlier Gazette stories, these dogs lived with Sean, the legal owner; his sister, who tried to hide them; and his father, who left the window open?

If I lived in or near that neighborhood, I would definitely want to know that none of them would be allowed to adopt another dog for a long, long time.

Sharon Trumpler

Scotia

Litz has character, skills for court judge

I recently met Judge Ken Litz, candidate for County Court judge, and I must say I was impressed. It is clear that Mr. Litz is well qualified after being our Rotterdam town judge for 24 years, as well as a respected attorney in Schenectady County.

He has earned a reputation of fairness, as evidenced by his many years of receiving the endorsements of multiple political parties. When I asked him about his opponent, he displayed the utmost respect for him as well. That to me speaks volumes for his character and respect for the court.

What surprised me the most, however, was the amount of time that Ken Litz has spent volunteering in our community and finding time for others while raising five daughters.

I hope everyone takes the time to learn about all of the candidates on the ballot and look for the qualities that we expect in our elected officials.

As a parent, I'm proud to support Ken Litz for County Court judge.

Terry Tetlak

Rotterdam

 

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