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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Letters

Speak truth, not hysteria

Mar 26, 2020

To the editor:
I was watching TV this past Sunday morning wanting to stay up to date on the national and state coronavirus pandemic. All of our focus right now should be on pulling together and battling this serious and widespread contagion. The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing all of our lives, our incomes, our way of life and our health and safety.
That's why I was very surprised to see a very negative attack ad by Republican candidate Michael Martucci against State Senator Jen Metzger, NYS Senate District 42. Not only did I find it inappropriate in this difficult time, I found it focused on scare tactics rather than a serious presentation of an important issue--the bail reform law that went into effect in January, 2020.
Is Candidate Martucci saying he supports a bail system that is unjust in that it penalizes the poor and advantages people of means? Does he support that people able to pay bail and guilty of the very same misdemeanor, nonviolent offence get to go free while a poor person doesn't? That's what Martucci's attack ad means in practical terms.
Senator Metzger has been working with her colleagues on some reasonable changes to the law which we should commend her for. More importantly at this moment of global pandemic, she has been doing the hard, important work all of our state and local leaders have been doing. She's been getting information out about COVID-19, working to highlight the good happening, and herself delivering food and volunteering at the food pantry! It seems that during a health crisis, we should be focused on supporting each other and not playing scare tactics and petty politics.
To me discussing these issues in a non-hysterical, calm way is what's appropriate in this difficult time. I would ask Candidate Martucci to revise his approach. This should be a time of truth, not misrepresentation. It's a time when we should be able to believe both our current representatives and those who vie to replace them.
Speak truth, not hysteria.


Jeffrey C. Allison
Bethel




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