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August 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 23, 2012

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Volunteers will be in charge of tending the garden (watering and weeding). If you have time and would like to help, please contact the food bank or Rev. Samuel to sign up!

So, what’s the catch? All Growing Community asks in return is that individual Garden Raising recipients help to ‘pay it forward’ by volunteering with Growing Community on a future Garden Raising to continue the positive momentum and community building. '

Want to join our efforts? Come to our monthly Growing Community gatherings at Origins Café, at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month — the next one is Tuesday, Aug. 28.

The Growing Community Steering Committee

Stop using taxpayer dollars

Jim Seward needs to stop using taxpayer dollars to pay for his political campaign. He is using Senate funds to send mailings targeted to Republican voters that look, sound and feel just like political mailings.

My opponent used state money to send out an obviously political mailing with the phrases “Protecting Your Tax Dollars” and “Stamping Out Taxpayer Abuse.”

Ironically, the mailer discusses ways to prevent welfare recipients from misspending the money given to them by the State. Perhaps the senator should look closer to home for examples of taxpayer monies that are being misspent.

I support Gov. Cuomo’s recent call for public funding of New York state legislative races for all candidates. It seems we already have public funding of elections for incumbents.

My opponent’s use of public monies to get his election message out is even more egregious in view of the fact that his campaign has more than $300,000 in the bank to spend, hundreds of thousands more than either Jim Blake or myself. While the incumbent’s use of taxpayer dollars may not be illegal, it is certainly not right.

The use of public money for private purposes is a slap in the face to every person in this district struggling to make ends meet. This may be the way career politicians act, but it is wrong.

Howard Leib 'of Dryden

(Leib is running in New York State Senate’s 51st Senate District)

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