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Faso Leads Delgado Locally, But Trailing In 19th Overall 

Faso Leads Delgado Locally,

But Trailing In 19th Overall 

Republican incumbent Congressman John Faso, R-Kinderhook, holds a 51 percent to 43 percent lead over Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado in the “western part” of the 19th District, presumably Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties, according to a Monmouth (N.J.) University poll released today.

Overall in the 10-county district, however, Delgado leads Faso by 49 percent to 44 percent, according to the poll, an increase from a month ago.

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The Center Will Hold – If You Vote Nov. 6

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FREEMAN’S JOURNAL ENDORSEMENTS

The Center Will Hold

– If You Vote Nov. 6

As voters – in Otsego County, the 19th Congressional District and nationally – struggle to make the right decision in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, midterm elections, a study, “The Hidden Tribes of America,” surfaces with a conclusion that has been widely commented on nationally:
“A majority of Americans (61 percent), whom we’ve called the ‘Exhausted Majority,’ are fed up by Americans’ polarization. They know we have more in common than that which divides us: our belief in freedom, equality and the pursuit of the American Dream. They share a deep sense of gratitude that they are citizens of the United States. They want us to move past our differences.”
It the past two years, those of us with that sensibility have been screamed at by two sides that, it turns out, are fringes. On the left, “Progressive Activists,” according to the study, are a mere 8 percent of the citizenry; on the right, “Devoted Conservatives” are only 6 percent.
If you consider yourself a centrist, you may believe your views will be overwhelmed at the ballot box. Not so, “Hidden Tribes” tells us; in effect, it’s the wish of a sizeable majority of Americans to find common ground.
This is by way of preamble to this newspaper’s endorsements, below, which are an effort to make recommendations based on the merits, not through any particular political prism.
Be sure to vote Nov. 6 – polls will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. – and vote your conscience. You may be surprised how much you are in sync with the majority of your
fellow Americans. So vote.
As usual, these endorsement editorials appear 10 days before Election Day, to allow you to agree or disagree in next week’s Letter to the Editor columns.
Send letters by noon Monday,
Oct. 29, to jimk@allotsego.com
Whether you agree or not, be of good cheer.

ZAGATA: Science Can Be Political Tool, And Even Worse, Up For Sale

Column by Mike Zagata for October 26, 2018.

Science Can Be Political Tool,
And Even Worse, Up For Sale

Mike Zagata

I read with interest and admiration the article in last week’s paper about the different kinds of “truth.”
Objective truth is the “truth” that
is supported by fact. Subjective “truth” is what circumstances point toward or what we want, based on the information we have at our disposal,
to believe.
The Senate confirmation hearings for judge, now justice, Kavanaugh were used in the article to illustrate the differences.
I found myself agreeing with the points being made until the author alleged that
it was the Republicans
who failed in the search for
THE truth by not having the FBI conduct a thorough investigation.
The truth is that we have no idea whether or not their investigation was “thorough.” What we do know is that the Democrats
sat on the information alleging
sexual abuse until AFTER the
Senate hearings.
Had they wanted the FBI to do a thorough investigation in search of the “truth”, the information about alleged sexual abuse would have been provided to the FBI
BEFORE, not AFTER, the
hearings. Had that been done, the FBI’s findings would have been a part of those hearings and thus fully vetted.
Based on that information, one can conclude the real agenda was not a search for the “truth”, but an attempt to delay the judge’s confirmation until after the mid-term elections.

Does that conclusion represent the objective or subjective “truth”? Each of us enters the search for the real “truth”

with built-in bias. That makes it very difficult to accept
information that differs from the results we want, i.e.
don’t confuse me with the facts.
It becomes tempting to omit certain information when offering our version of the truth to others. For example, the author omitted the fact that the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee sat on the allegation of sexual abuse for six weeks prior to the hearings. Without that information, it is much easier to “sell” the truth that the FBI didn’t do a thorough investigation.

Finding the truth is not easy. I was invited to lunch recently by a person who wanted to talk about climate change. The person was very sincere and had done considerable research on the topic. In fact, it was that research that led to confusion, because one source stated that the recent deviations in our climate were outside the norm and another source said they weren’t.
How does the average lay person or non-scientist determine which one is the “truth”?
Unfortunately, science has become a political tool and, worse yet, can be for sale. If a scientist gets a government funded grant to do research on climate change, should that scientist’s findings have to agree with the government’s position? The answer is “no”, but grants have been withdrawn when
they didn’t.
That’s not true “science” where we test the null hypothesis and let the chips fall where they might. If we deliberately omit data points because they aren’t consistent with what
we want them to be, that isn’t
good science.
The downsides of doing so are a loss of public confidence and the expenditure of scarce capital to cure a problem that may not exist. If we cry “wolf” when there is no wolf, will the public be willing to support what needs to be done when a real “wolf” exists?

It’s election season, and we’re all being bombarded by various versions of the truth by candidates for office. I do not personally know all of the candidates, so I can only reach the subjective truth about how I feel they will perform if elected.
I do, however, personally know two of the candidates – state Sen. Jim Seward and Congressman John Faso. I worked with them while serving as your DEC commissioner and knew John as a neighbor.
I have watched them make the tough decisions based upon the objective truth when they could have ducked them. Those decisions were intended to provide real, measurable benefit to their constituents. That’s the objective truth based on fact.

Mike Zagata, DEC commissioner in the Pataki Administration and an environmental executive for Fortune 500 companies, lives in West Davenport.

Delgado, Faso Due In County For Richfield, Oneonta Events

Delgado, Faso Due In County

For Richfield, Oneonta Events

The candidates in this fall’s campaign for Congress from Otsego County’s 19th District will be making local public appearances:

  • Today, Democrat Antonio Delgado will conduct a meet and greet at 7 p.m. at the Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., sponsored by the Rotary Club.  Free; public welcome.
  • Friday, Republican John Faso, the incumbent will be in Oneonta at 5 p.m. for a fish fry to benefit Ed Telfer at the Vets’ Club, 278 Chestnut St. Telfer was injured in a motorcycle accident two weeks ago.
KUZMINSKI: OPEN LETTER TO ANTONIO DELGADO

Column by Adrian Kuzminski for July 13, 2018

OPEN LETTER TO ANTONIO DELGADO

Fight Faso Over

Big Money In Politics

Adrian Kuzminski

Congratulations on winning the Democratic nomination for Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
You’ve got a tough fight ahead against a smooth and wily opponent. I’m one of many who would like to see Representative John Faso defeated. He is a bought and paid for ex-lobbyist with big hardcore far right support.
The Mercer family, investors in Breitbart News and supporters of Steve Bannon, gave a half-million dollars to the pro-Faso PAC “New York Wins” in the last election, helping put him over the top.
All told, the Mercers spent over $25 million in 2016 supporting far-right candidates PACs, and organizations across the country, including New York State. Their agenda of radical privatization requires the destruction of public institutions and entitlement programs. That means lowering the standard of living for most people while concentrating wealth in fewer and fewer hands.
The Mercers are the .001 percent, and Faso is the guy they’ve hired to represent us in the 19th CD in
Washington.
All that ought to be a slam-dunk for the Democrats, but not unless they act on it. This is an opportunity for you, Mr. Delgado, to take up the challenge. Faso needs to be called out on his right-wing, pro-corporate, anti-people agenda.
The Democratic leadership unfortunately has enabled, even embraced, much of that agenda. Beginning with the Clinton years, they abandoned labor unions and sided with corporations, supporting trade agreements that outsourced jobs, and tax breaks that favored corporate development over public service.
They continue “to talk the talk” about fighting for their constituents, but they no longer “walk the walk.”
You and the Democrats aren’t going to win this election by supporting a status quo that is working for fewer and fewer people. Defending the status quo is Faso’s job, not yours. You need to challenge the system, not claim that you can work it better than he can, or that it’s not so bad.

Parker Fish/The Freenan’s Journal  – During a visit to the Hometown Fourth of July celebration in Oneonta, candidate Delgado chats with Steve Londner of the League of Women Voters.

You have to show voters that Faso is the local agent responsible for people’s growing insecurity.
You need to expose the sham property-tax reduction he tried to pawn off on voters by gutting local healthcare funding. You need to alert voters to his duplicity in
voting to repeal Obamacare, after promising otherwise – something he’s likely to do on Social Security and other entitlements.
You need to remind voters of his support for deregulating Wall Street and destabilizing the economy.
And then there’s Trump. He’s a demagogue who’s been left free to exploit the insecurities and fears of the people whom the Democrats have left behind, and Faso seems 100-percent behind that.
Trump and Faso’s agenda is the same as the Mercers’: Privatize everything in sight.
You’ve got to do what other Democrats haven’t done. They have not attacked the insurance and pharmaceutical companies, the culprits blocking the kind of universal, affordable healthcare enjoyed by citizens of almost all other developed countries.
They have not broken up monopolistic corporations, whether it’s Amazon, the Wall Street banks, Google, or Walmart, which collectively have killed off small business, the backbone of the economy.
The Democratic leadership has not fought to reduce military spending, which is funding immoral wars abroad and bankrupting our government, while sucking up tax money that should go to social services and infrastructure.
They have done little to get us off fossil fuels and onto renewables, allowing for the acceleration of greenhouse gases and the destabilization of theclimate.
And they have completely failed to get money out of politics, leaving us stuck with a corrupt, pay-to-play system, for which Faso could be the poster boy.
You don’t want to be part of those failed strategies.
If you fudge on these issues, you’ll lose; if you face up
to them, you have a chance to win.
But there’s an even bigger challenge. There’s little doubt that the benefits of American imperialism since World War II have run their course. Globalization led by unrestrained corporate power is no longer a tide that lifts all boats. It only lifts the yachts.
We can no longer economically dominate Europe and Asia, nor can we afford our massive global military machine.
Those days are over.
If globalization has a future, and I hope it does, it has to be more inclusive economically. In the meantime, America must figure out its own identity in a new, multi-polar world.
Now is the time to put our own house in order, and rethink what we’re doing. We need a new definition of American Exceptionalism, one that rejects racism, bigotry and narcissism in the name of a common understanding of the deepest American principles: democratic accountability, Constitutional rule, economic justice, and the greatest possible liberty that’s consistent with mutual respect.
Then we can redefine our place in the world. The Republicans aren’t going to do that, but you might. It could be our last chance.

Adrian Kuzminski, retired Hartwick College philosophy professor and Sustainable Otsego moderator, lives in Fly Creek.

Faso, LeCates Discuss Doing More For Veterans At Bassett

Faso, LeCates Discuss Doing

More For Veterans At Bassett

Congressman John Faso, R-19, center left, and Dr. William LeCates, Bassett Hospital medical director, center right, discuss ways the Cooperstown hospital might better serve veterans when they met this morning at a veterans’ resource fair organized by the congressman’s office at Foothills in Oneonta.  With them are the county board’s chair, Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and vice chair Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla. Shortterm, LeCates, a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard who has served in the Middle East, agreed to be a point of contact at Bassett for county Veterans Director Jack Henson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Leaving Paris Accord ‘Ill Advised’; But Let Market Fix Global Warming
FASO REACTS TO TRUMP MOVE:

Leaving Paris Accord ‘Ill Advised’;

But Let Market Fix Global Warming

Congressman John Faso

Otsego County’s congressman, John Faso, R-19, issued a statement today calling President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord ill-advised, but adding that economic incentives are more likely to reduce greenhouse emissions than “a non-binding agreement with no enforcement mechanisms.”

Here is the statement in full:

“As a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, I support U.S. efforts to continue promotion of innovative clean-energy solutions which will mitigate the effects of man-made climate change. As such, I believe the withdrawal of the U.S. from the agreement is ill-advised.

Faso Plans Private Talks In Oneonta On Thursday

Faso Plans Private Talks

In Oneonta On Thursday

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Congressman Faso confers with Oneonta Community Health Center director Kay Stuligross during his April 8 visit. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, is seeking to duplicate his meeting with a small group of Oneonta Community Health Center doctors and directors a week ago Saturday when he returns to the City of the Hills tomorrow.

The freshman congressman will be meeting with small groups — a half-dozen people each — at three sessions in state Sen. Jim Seward’s Oneonta office.

At 2:30 p.m., he will listen to environmental concerns; at 3, more on healthcare concerns, and 3:30, on general issues, a Faso spokesperson confirmed this morning.

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Describes Local Impact Of ACA Reform

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Describes Local Impact Of ACA Reform

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports on former Bassett Healthcare president/CEO Bill Streck’s PowerPoint for HANYS, the state’s Hospital Association, premiered last week in Cooperstown’s Templeton Hall, that describes what the local impacts will be.

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Teachout, Faso Debate Reprises Outsider Vs. Insider Discussion

Teachout, Faso Debate Reprises

Outsider Vs. Insider Discussion

19th District Congressional candidates Zephyr Teachout and John Faso debate last evening at the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy.
19th District Congressional candidates Zephyr Teachout and John Faso debate last evening at the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy.

TROY — Thursday night’s debate between Zephyr Teachout and John Faso largely mirrored the first encounter between the two congressional candidates, reprising themes of the outsider versus the insider, the carpetbagger versus the faithful local, Politico is reporting.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH TEACHOUT-FASO DEBATE
Follow Teachout, Faso Debate Livestreaming From Troy

Follow Teachout, Faso Debate

Livestreaming From Troy Site

ballot-boxThe candidates in the 19th Congressional District that includes Otsego County will debate at 8 p.m. today.

Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, who are running to succeed U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, will be facing off at the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy, but you can follow the exchange live at this link:

HERE’S THE LINK TO FASO-TEACHOUT DEBATE
Faso, Teachout Romp Here, Throughout 19th

Faso, Teachout Romp

Here, Throughout 19th

ballot boxCOOPERSTOWN – Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout will joust Tuesday, Nov. 8, for the 19th District Congressional seat after each trounced opponents in today’s primaries.

In Otsego County, Faso, a former Assembly minority leader and gubernatorial candidate from Kinderhook, beat businessman Andrew Heaney of Dutchess County 1,041-394, or 72 percent to 27 percent.

THE FOOTHILLS DEBATES

THE FOOTHILLS DEBATES

HEANEY VS. FASO

The two Republican candidates to succeed U.S. Rep. Andrew Heaney,
The two Republican candidates to succeed U.S. Rep. Andrew Heaney, left, of Milbrook, who operates a oil distribution business, and John Faso, Kinderhook, a lawyer and former Assembly minority leader, debated for the first time of their campaigns this evening at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.  The two agreed that New York State’s economic climate is not good, and Heaney proposed going after entrenched interests, while Faso focused on regulatory change.  Foothills’ black box theater was filled for the event, which was sponsored by the League of Women Voters’ Oneonta and Cooperstown chapter.    Barbara Hein moderated this portion.

TEACHOUT VS. YANDIK

Democratic contenders for Gibson's seat – Zephyr Teachout of Dover Plains, the author and Fordham law professor, and Will Yandik, an Ivy League grad, and former and town board member in Livingston, Ulster County – agreed on many issues, from the need for broad band to trade adjustments necessary to revive mid-size farms. When asked to define their differences, Teachout spoke to her successes in generating grass-roots campaigns on particular issues; Yandik said that, to win the 19th District, a candidate has to win the middle, and his roots and knowledge of the district would work in his favor. Stephanie Bauer of Cooperstown moderated.
Democratic contenders for Gibson’s seat – Zephyr Teachout of Dover Plains, the author and Fordham law professor, and Will Yandik, an Ivy League grad, and farmer and town board member in Livingston, Ulster County – agreed on many issues, from the need for broad band to trade adjustments necessary to revive mid-size farms. When asked to define their differences, Teachout spoke to her successes in generating grass-roots campaigns on particular issues; Yandik said that, to win the 19th District, a candidate has to win the middle, and his roots and knowledge of the district would work in his favor. Stephanie Bauer of Cooperstown moderated.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
DEMOCRAT AND GOP PRIMARIES ARE TUESDAY, JUNE 28
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Farms Under-Appreciated Resource In 19th District, 5 Candidates Agree

Farms Under-Appreciated Resource

In 19th District, 5 Candidates Agree

The five congressional candidates for the 19th Congressional District, in Oneonta the other night, are, from left,
The five congressional candidates for the 19th Congressional District, in Oneonta the other night, are, from left, Republicans Andrew Heaney, John Faso and Bob Bishop, and Democrats Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik. Both party primaries are Tuesday, June 28. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By CATHY B. KOPLEN • for AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – A vision for the future of the Southern Tier – including healthy, productive farms; maximizing natural resources; and a saturation of high-speed, broad-band Internet access – was touted by five candidates vying for the 19th district U.S. Congressional seat Tuesday.

The candidates, Republicans John Faso, Andrew Heaney and Bob Bishop, and Democrats Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik, were invited to speak with local residents at Oneonta High School. The forum, which began at 7:30 p.m., was moderated by Steve Ammerman, state Farm Bureau manager of public affairs & associate director.

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