TO THE EDITOR: When Assemblywoman Janet Duprey ran for re-election in November 2010, she never mentioned that she was going to retire on Dec. 31, 2010.
Yet, on that date she retired from her office. On Jan. 1, 2011, she came back on the payroll and started to draw full retirement and a salary of $79,500 plus per diem and benefits.
Was this legal? Yes, because of a loophole in the law enacted by the State Assembly and Senate and signed into law by the governor. The loophole was subsequently closed. Whether her action was ethical or moral is another matter.
She recently said that she was annoyed that she had to run in a primary after 37 years in politics. She exemplifies what is wrong with some of our politicians. Their greed and sense of entitlement. She has forgotten that she serves the people of her district and not the other way around.
Mrs. Duprey does not deserve to be re-elected. She does not represent the views of most of the Republican or Conservative voters in her district.
Remember the major part she played in trying to impose the liberal Dede Scozzafava on us as the Republican candidate for Congress in 2009. Scozzafava eventually dropped out and supported Owens.
There is an excellent candidate running as a Conservative who represents the views of most Republicans, Conservatives and independent voters in this district. She is Karen Bisso.
CLYDE M. RABIDEAU SR.
TO THE EDITOR: I will start on Medicare this year. We must come up with a new bipartisan plan to save Medicare.
I have read the materials of congressional candidates Republican Matt Doheny and Democrat Bill Owens, and Doheny has the best plan and has provided the most information.
Doheny states that Medicare is a promise to be kept. I agree. Over my work life, I paid many thousands of dollars into Social Security.
Doheny wants means testing. If you are rich, you should pay more for benefits under Medicare. It makes no sense to have millionaires get the same Medicare benefits when they can easily pay more.
Doheny believes you can still use the traditional Medicare fee for service system. However, if you want a private plan, you can have one — just like Congress does. Doheny will ensure that there will be consumer protection to ensure that all plans are honest.
Doheny will fight for the following health-care initiatives to preserve Medicare and keep costs down:
1. Increase competition by allowing purchasing across state lines. Some states have better and less expensive plans. For example, why should I have to buy insurance for childbirth at my age?
2. Help doctors reduce the cost of practicing medicine.
3. Make plans more flexible. No more “one fits all.” We all have different needs.
Doheny will work to repeal and replace Obamacare but protect those with pre-existing conditions. Also, children can be stay in their parents’ insurance up to age 26.
Doheny will work to improve doctor recruitment in rural areas.
Doheny has a good plan. Mr. Doheny wants us to make our decision based on facts and not fear.
TO THE EDITOR: The Wellness Center at PARC has lowered the pool temperature so low that seniors who use the pool for their wellness are unable to stand the cold.
There is no good reason for this, except that the seniors pay a slightly reduced fee for membership, therefore they are not wanted. This is an easy way to get rid of them.
The Air Force turned this property over to PARC for the good of all, not just a certain few.
Why is it that the seniors are the only ones to suffer?
LEE D. GARRISON