White House weakening NEPA protections

It is amazing how out of touch U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is with her constituents.

She seems quite intelligent and certainly she has benefitted from the best education that money can buy; attending the exclusive Albany Academy for Girls in her hometown and then Harvard.

Upon graduation, she went directly to Washington where she has remained — the consummate D.C. insider.

It is sad that she treats the residents of NY21 as beneath her, not bright or educated enough to understand issues.

Rather than an intelligent exploration of positions and differences, Stefanik repeatedly resorts to false claims and name-calling to degrade her opponent Tedra Cobb.

We recall Stefanik’s refusal to take the Post-Star’s honesty pledge and the numerous times north country newspapers have had to refute her falsehoods.

Stefanik is stuck on name-calling: “socialist,” “gun grabbing” and the tired, proven false “taxin’Tedra” claim.

Stefanik sinks to the lowest politics, aiming to confuse and demean.

She wants to instill fear with the “socialist” label.

She believes we’re simple minded, unable to understand that social programs benefiting hardworking Americans are neither communist nor mean the loss of freedoms or private enterprise.

Is Stefanik against all manner of socialist-type programs?

If so, then logic follows that Stefanik is after your Medicare and Social Security.

Indeed, she has supported cuts to these very popular programs, upon which many seniors rely.

She has also voted to take health care away from 64,000 north country residents.

Our Constitution states that a purpose of the federal government is to “promote the general welfare.”

It is hard to find anyone who thinks socialist programs like Medicare and Social Security, and our national defense for that matter, are bad for our nation.

But Stefanik’s words indicate that she thinks otherwise.

Tedra Cobb believes in government for the people and by the people.

She does not accept corporate PAC money.

Stefanik acts as if government is for the wealthy and by corporate donors’ influence.

Tedra Cobb believes everyone should have access to affordable, comprehensive health care.

And with her legislative experience, she understands that in working together, the best solutions are achieved.

Tedra has pledged to protect Medicare and Social Security.

Tedra is a gun-owning, Second Amendment supporter who believes reasonable steps like universal background checks can help stem our epidemic of gun violence.

Unlike Stefanik, Tedra Cobb respects us.

She has been our neighbor for more than 30 years.

Peggy Wiltberger

Saranac Lake

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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Tedra Cobb seems like a nice person and a good neighbor, but can we stop pretending she has a chance here? Elise is fantastic too, and she won this district in 2018 over Cobb by 14 percentage points in about as toxic an environment as there has been for Republicans in some time. Think about that. Republicans are falling all over the place in 2018, and Elise wins by 14%. It won't even be that close this time. Enjoy all your little high horse comments here and there - but they will mean nothing when Elise cleans up (once again) this Fall.


Holmes- whichever one you are, you obviously don't pay attention but if you did, it wouldn't allow you to write your condescending, smarter than thou, comments that are typical of true liberals. I am in no way religious, go to church, nor have I read the bible so you lost me on that one. As for your analysis of why I am against welfare for those capable of working; in a society where people earn a living off the backs of capitalists, everyone benefits. The difference being that jobs come from private industry instead of bloated government programs. As usual you think that you know what people think when in all reality you are just justifying your position on the topic. We'll call it self serving. What system did you make your living on?

Holmes -- the real one

Scoot24 -- I'm just not sure how you came up with the notion that my comment was suggesting that you were, in any way, presenting yourself as "Christian." It makes total sense that conservative and Christian viewpoints have little in common.

I'm guessing that you mean that presenting facts seems to you to be condescending and smarter than thou. If that is the case, I wonder whether you believe that we should all just base our reasoning on opinions and emotions?

I will certainly agree that presenting facts is "typical of true liberals."

Are you also disagreeing with what I presented on the "Conservative World View"? To me it seems to sum up the stance that your comments present.


"It is amazing how out of touch Elise is with her constituents"...huh? She has won be landslides, will again. So as for being out of touch, the voting results would negate this talking point. Her constituents have spoken. So, and I apologize, stopped reading for most part right there when that FALSE statement led off...


I think we can all do without so many guns.


I will agree that Tedra is a good person but in this case too good. Willing to tax us to give to others capable of taking care of themselves. This article follows the path of where our political system is.....rhetoric. Taking socialist and calling it socialist-type saying that she hasn't taken any PAC money when she recently received more than a million dollars from Hollywood of all places. Tedra has proven with her comments about not winning if she speaks her mind about automatic weapons and her following the party line on subjects such as the impeachment show has proven she's just another politicians and no more. Now it just comes down to vote for which political flunky more closely aligns with you beliefs.

Farmer Liz

Tedra received many contributions to her campaign in response to Stefanik's "performance" at the impeachment inquiry, many of which came from Hollywood. But many also came from plain old American citizens who were disgusted by Stefanik's behavior and don't want a mini-Trump in Congress.


I think many voters don't always agree with Trump or Stefanik however it is a better option than living in a government controlled state expecting to share our incomes. What we really need is a complete revamp of the system so that our politicians don't decide their stance based on where the money for elections comes from.

hermit thrush

canada has a more left-wing government than we do and their middle class is richer for it.


Republicans put border checkpoints across our region where you would have to get permission from a government official to drive from Potsdam to Winthrop. Your idea of “small government” is so stupid it is incredible.


Yes, Hollywood and people ok with sharing their income. Not for me!

Holmes -- the real one

Hi Scoot -- Jesus was such a bleeding heart liberal. Good thing you're not trying to push those radical ideas around here.

"Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away." Matt. 5:42

Holmes -- the real one

Since we now know that you're not professing any of that bleeding heart, namby pamby. "Christian" stuff, it's a perfect time to point out that Jesus, you know, the One "Christians" call "Christ," had a lot to say about money:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19–21

“Hear then the parable of the sower: As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” Matt.13:18

“For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked." Revelation 3:17

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:36,37

"When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:22-25

I mean, what a bleeding heart liberal! One of those soft-hearted losers, for sure.

Some more food for thought:


Holmes -- the real one

Just for you Scoot --

The Conservative Worldview

Conservatives see the world as a challenging place in which there is always someone else who is ready to steal your lunch. Confronted by a potentially hostile environment, the best course is to take precautions and to ensure your own well-being and that of your family.

This precautionary stance helps to explain many of the distinctive traits of conservative Americans as well as right-wing politicians the world over. These traits may reflect either a proactive element, such as fighting to be winners in a competitive world. Or they can be defensive, involving measures to neutralize specific threats.

The threatening world view illuminates the conservative take on specific political issues in fairly obvious ways.

Conservatives are pro-gun because they want to be able to defend themselves against criminal threats of any type.

They are mostly religious because religious rituals foster feelings of safety in a dangerous world such that the most dangerous countries in the world are also the most religious. They tend to be more hostile to immigrants, foreigners, and racial or ethnic minorities and to view them as more of a threat. They fear attacks by other nations and therefore support a strong military and a bellicose foreign policy on the theory that a good attack is the best defense.

Apart from military defense, where government is an asset, conservatives fear government intrusions into their lives and particularly fear having their wealth eroded by taxation."


They are pro-family because being surrounded by close relatives is the best defense against threats that surround them.

They oppose welfare for the poor because this encourages dependence so that the failures of a society are parasites on the successes thereby inverting the proper incentive structure.

They admire wealth because successful people are seen as having worked hard in pursuing a moral obligation to provide for themselves and their families in a difficult and uncertain world.


I just drove through downtown Gouverneur, it looks like the third world. Funny that Anti-socialist apparently means piling up trash in your front yard year round. Your president Trump was the host of “The Celebrity Apprentice”, glad you hate Hollywood types!


What does the small town of Gouverneur have anything to do with Hollywood? BTW, a Border Patrol checkpoint has no bearing on you getting from Winthrop to Potsdam unless you are in the US illegally. It's for your protection just like police sobriety checkpoints. On the southern border they have permanent checkpoints on the highways near the border.


Tank you for concisely informing people that democracy is a form of a socialist government, communism claims it is but it is an imperial form.

I hope Tedra gets elected and supports NNY, unlike Elise can't even answer any of the publics questions unless cameras are present.


You are correct however the United States is not a democracy but a Republic.

hermit thrush

this has to be one of the worst talking points out there.

we are a democratic republic -- simultaneously a democracy and a republic.



Of course it is. It fits imperfectly with the letter and comments.




I am correct that Gouverneur is not a town, but a garbage pile of meth makers and welfare recipients.


If that's the case it was created by the bleeding heart liberals giving them a good living, free needles and a safe place to do their drugs.

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