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People’s column

Reed can make tough choices

Editor, OBSERVER:

These days, the financial health of our great country is held hostage to partisan politics.

With unemployment at an all time high, we are missing out on the contributions those individuals’ income tax would make toward our country, and are instead funneling more money into entitlement programs and digging a bigger hole that our future generations will never be able to dig out of. With big government encouraging people to live on handouts they are discouraged from becoming all that they are capable of being. This is both sad and serious.

We need to re-elect Tom Reed to Congress because our country needs people willing to make the tough decisions.

Congressman Tom Reed seems to be one of the only members in New York that recognizes the threat we face. We are over $17 trillion in debt. The very interest we pay on this debt is going to reach over $880 billion in the next 10 years.

Tom is facing a liberal opponent out of Ithaca that is willing to vote hand-in-hand with the extreme liberals that refuse to acknowledge the financial crisis we face. We cannot continue voting to spend more than we take in, and refusing to look at the out-of-control government programs and operations.

Each day our debt increases and each minute the interest alone is enough to cripple our economy for years to come. Tom is willing to stand up for future generations and do whatever is necessary to highlight waste, fraud and abuse. We need Reed back in the House to continue fighting for families in Western New York.

CARLA WESTERLUND,

Greenhurst

Time to rein

in the feds

Editor, OBSERVER:

The battle to rein in the feds is getting its second set of teeth.

From coast to coast, the “Convention of States” movement is sweeping the nation.

I’m pleased to advise that Florida and Alaska have both officially passed the “Convention of States” application to restrict the power and over-rulings of the federal government.

The Alaska Senate passed the Convention of States application (HJR 22) on Saturday by a vote of 12-8; and the Florida House passed the Convention of States application (SM 476) this month by a voice vote.

Lead on, oh bastions of freedom, in these two states. Their commitment to write letters, make phone calls, attend meetings and etc. brought these victories to fruition. Their voices were heard, and citizens are now two steps closer to calling the first-ever Article 5 Convention of States.

Victory is also possible here in New York state. If you want to stop the out of control federal government, this is probably the only way it will happen. Contact your Representatives and senators in Albany.

Dr. DONALD ERICKSON,

Jamestown