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Stefanik an independent, positive thinker

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Years ago, Norman Vincent Peale wrote a wonderful book titled “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

I think Elise Stefanik must have read the book. From day one she has kept her pledge to run a positive campaign.

During the several times I have heard her speak publicly, I have not heard one negative comment about her opponent, nor does any of her literature reflect this approach. I have watched her when she disagreed with something someone said in her presentation. She was a calm and respectful listener and well-informed in her response.

She is a very skillful communicator. American Crossroads, an independent group, has impinged on her goal to conduct a positive campaign. The Times reported on June 11 that an affiliated group, Crossroads GPS, released an attack ad against U.S. Rep. Bill Owens in one of Matt Doheny’s failed campaigns.

How sad it is that someone is going through the area cutting her lawn signs. This is just not Elise’s style.

I agree with her support for term limitations. She feels we need a constant flow of new people with up-to-date knowledge to govern as we face crucial issues dealing with the economy, creating jobs and energy independence.

Elise has a well-informed grasp of our needs. Since last August, she has traveled more than 60,000 miles in this district to listen to people’s concerns. Coming from a family that owns and operates a small business in the north country, she shares the frustration they experience from over-regulation by a government that stifles their effectiveness.

Small businesses are the backbone of this nation. While she believes in health care for all, she has seen the negative impact of Obamacare on her family’s small business.

She is an ardent supporter of Fort Drum. Saying that she would not have voted for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget because she felt it adversely affected veterans is evidence of an independent thinker who can stand on her two feet.

Well educated at Harvard, energetic and genuine, this lovely young woman challenges her peer generation not to just complain about our problems but to “do something about them.” If you are concerned about our ongoing loss of freedom, lack of jobs for college grads and veterans, and our $17 trillion debt and creating a less-complicated health care plan for all, I urge you to vote for Elise on June 24.

Bette Hartzell


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