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Is New York state defined by belief system?


After pondering Gov. Cuomo’s words spoken during a morning conversation on the Capitol Pressroom — “Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are” — I would appreciate having some things clarified.

Is he saying that there are taxpayers in your state who are no longer welcome here simply because of their beliefs? It seems convenient of you to lump them into a group and brand them with a title.

He certainly has the freedom to believe what he wants to believe, and I respect his opinion and position as the governor of New York state. Is he saying that New York state is made up and defined by a belief system instead of the people in it?

Should these people, who I am sure care about their children and grandchildren, begin moving elsewhere unless they bow to your personal belief system? Does history have to be repeated again?

I may not agree with all the beliefs of my fellow New Yorkers, but it is my goal to be the best neighbor I can be to them despite our differences. A wise king several thousand years ago named Solomon said, ”Righteousness exalteth a nation.”

Justus Martin


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