Keene 'would be an excellent judge'

EDITOR: I am writing this letter in support of Jerry Keene for Tioga County Court Judge. I have known Jerry all my life. Jerry and I grew up together on Howard Street in Waverly at a time when kids could spend the days outside playing in the neighborhood and parents didn't have to worry about their safety. We attended the same grade school, high school and played on some of the same sports teams. As adults our families have gone on vacations, spent time at each other's home during the holidays, watched our children grow up together and more. We are very close friends.

Many of you know Jerry from his work as District Attorney and as an attorney and as an attorney in our county for more than 30 years. I am writing to inform you not about his professional career, but about the quality of person he is from someone who has know him all his life. Jerry is not only an honest, fair and good family man, he is the type of person you can county on when you need him the most. I have personally seen him get up in the middle of the night while no vacation and go to the aid of someone in need. As a child he was always the one who not only knew the rules of the game, he insisted we follow them. As a new attorney fresh out of college Jerry quickly earned the respect and admiration of the business community. He is stable, good natured, responsible and hard working. Over the years, I have seen him accept criticism with grade and humility. He does not gloat over his success or quit when things do not go his way. He is a good listener and he is respectful and considerate of the opinions of others.

It is my opinion that Jerry has the disposition that a judge should have and that he would be an excellent judge. I am encouraging all of you to join me and vote for Jerry Keene in the upcoming election.

William Soprano

Waverly, N.Y.

No Blame Game

EDITOR: What a difference four years makes. Four years ago candidate Barack Obama was promising "Hope and Change" to America. He was going to end party politics and get both parties to work together. That is what he promised and he convinced a lot of voters that he really would. Unfortunately he has been the most divisive president America has ever seen. Any time someone disagrees with some program or idea of this President they are accused of being racist, not caring about the poor, waging war on women, being homophobic or disliking Hispanics, anything to avoid a debate on the real issues. Whatever the subject the tactic is always the same, the President should just make a list and number the slam accusations, he could save time by calling out a number. He wouldn't have to say war on women; he could just say #3, much easier. Most of us are tired of hearing the same old slams anyway.

It is a real shame that the President wasted such a great opportunity; our country really needed a leader who could unite Americans to address the many problems we face. Instead of working together to solve existing problems this President chose to divide the country further by forcing a government takeover of health care. A program forced through by a one party rule, against the will of a large majority of our citizens. If you have been paying attention for the last six months you may have noticed that the President has not bragged about his greatest accomplishments much. Even he knows how unpopular "Obamacare" is. Contrary to the hype the more we find out about "Obamacare" the more we dislike it. The many new taxes, regulations and rationing that will have to be part of the program.

When this country really needed a leader, we thought we had gotten one, but we ended up with a president who just points fingers at others. In my opinion, not once in his four years has he accepted the blame for any failures. President Obama has been big on promises and short on results. Remember cutting the deficit in half? Instead we got six trillion dollars of new debt. What do we have to show for that money? Wealthier campaign contributors for the President's reelection fund. It is almost comical to hear the President demonize the rich while hosting fundraiser dinners that cost $50,000 a plate! I don't know many middle class people who can afford these, do you?

This president has built a legacy of debt and failure. He has no clue how we can recover because he does not believe in America. Barack Obama had his chance, now we deserve a change for the better. We must elect Mitt Romney, a leader who knows how to turn things around!

Bobbi Ott