Friday, March 4, 2016

Letter to the editor: Stefanik works hard for Fort Drum | Mailbag | poststar.com

    Developing relations with elected officials at a higher level is basic to local government and I was pleased at the heads up letter to the Glens Falls Post Star from Mayor Butler.  The letter praises Rep. Elise Stefanik's work on behalf of Fort Drum.

    These things are noticed and keep us on the front burner.

Letter to the editor: Stefanik works hard for Fort Drum | Mailbag | poststar.com

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Junior was such a panderer. Elise had nothing to do with the minimal cuts to Ft. Drum.

Anonymous said...

But Jeff was not a panderer? It's all about perception.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I get the sense that the haters will never give Stefanik any credit for protecting Fort Drum from deep cuts, but yet if we'd been slashed those same people would almost surely be the first to say that the cuts were all her fault. I wish people could put politics aside for a moment and simply embrace the good things that happen when they happen rather than spouting out negativity all the time. This blog is riddled with people who seem very angry or defensive or bitter or critical (or all of the above). It's exhausting. And kind of sad. Perhaps we can all focus on the positive for a moment rather than on who's pandering to whom and who might be receiving undue credit for whatever or whatever the latest complaint about a positive event for the community might be. Come on guys. The sky can't be that gray above you all the time. Focus on the good for once. It's not that hard.

Anonymous said...

Don't be so sure, our partisan litte man at 4:11. She has a lot of energy and is working very hard at this job. I'm proud of her and she will have my vote again next time around.

Anonymous said...

Cheerleading doesn't keep installations safe from cuts. Period.
If they did, there would never be any closures or reductions. Believing any different is willfull ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Butler got his start suckling at the teat of the Drum gravy train, in a job he shouldn't have had and wouldn't have had if it was not for who his father was. He probably has his mind fixed on getting back there one day. Hope the brown nosing pays off for him.

Anonymous said...

Stefanik is establishment and will not get my vote.

Anonymous said...

You have to know who all of the Players are.

Once you know who they are, it's ok to kiss their Butt, if that's what it takes.

Never burn any bridges as you may have to travel that route later on as situations arise.

Anonymous said...

6:38 You're right, politics does. And if there's one thing Stefanik knows, it is politics.. Smart politics for Butler as well to write the letter.

Anonymous said...

Wow, 7:39, you are playing that to death. Again, we're sorry you were passed over for the job, get over it.

Anonymous said...

2:19 I totally agree with you, the haters will always hate. Let's set that aside for a moment, Mayor Butler's letter was well written and he reinforced and acknowledge MOC Stefanik's efforts have not gone unnoticed, he stated how important Ft. Drum is to this area both economically and militarily for national security.

More importantly it was so well written giving notice to that area on the east side reminding them the importance the size of Watertown economic impact is far greater than Glens Falls to our district.

And for the moronic poster of 4:11 anyone in the know and obviously 4:11 will never admit that MOC Stefanik absolutely was relevant to cuts and monies being set aside for the rebuilding of our military. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence that has been following her sees that she is fully invested and serves on an important committee and most likely important sub committees. Can anyone state the only time during our lifetime that a Sec. of Defense stopped in WT. Hmmmm...... the only one was Sec. Carter in 2015. Correct me if I'm wrong boys but I don't remember former MOC Owens having a Sec. of Defense visit Ft. Drum during his tenure.

Anonymous said...

This District is just a stepping stone for our MOC, it's not a bad thing in fact it's the way it is, the district is blessed with real natural beauty, but no real Economic plan, Hillary had a plan but never released it, John McHugh was a decent rep, never pushed for much of anything,(farmbill?) like I said it's an odd place..

Anonymous said...

If we were suffering from a drought and Elise performed a rain dance, would anyone claim it was what made a difference? Doubtful.
I tire of hearing politicians taking credit for things they truly do not control. They ALL do it.
Elise just happens to be the latest.
When Drum ultimately sees cuts, not one of these gutless wonders will step forward to shoulder the blame.

Anonymous said...

12:49, you're right. Democrats have always hated the military. That's why Obama made sure military votes from overseas would not be counted. The Donkeys filed a lawsuit to challenge them. Funny, golfers everywhere want people to vote with no ID, a great incentive for fraud. But these same golfers seek to bar military people from voting. I thought they all had ID's. Maybe that's what scares them so much.

Anonymous said...

Laughable ,she is OWNED by PACS , she is exactly who TRUMP and BERNIE are railing against , pols who sell their souls to the company store . People aew getting damn sick and tired of these greed hogs owning pols or puppets who feed the greed at the expense of commners . Ft Drum has not done ONE DAMN THING to enhance my income , it has only COST me a heavier tax hit and we have yet to win a damn war sice 1945 .

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Butler is way out of line - his opinions aside. She takes money from defense contractors for doing her job ... how ironic.

Here is what I posted at the WDT - FYI:

Here is what our newly-elected Mayor said in his "blast to the editorial" as the WDT calls it::

"Congresswoman Stefanik has been an outspoken advocate for the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum, recognizing not only the importance this military installation has for our nation’s defense, but also the $1.5 billion economic impact it has on the district she serves." He went on to note: "... her support for the post’s new NCO Academy and the recent transfer of Apache helicopters to the base."

Okay fine and dandy, good stuff for the post, but here is what I strongly believe. While those issues and things are good and probably needed and in fact, probably requested by DA (Dept. of the Army), she should fight for them, but not in return for $56,000.00 from defense contractors.

Why not you ask? Her job is to support and defend as much as possible Fort Drum and the Army units therein and the troops, too. If DA asks her for support or to look into an issue that impacts Fort Drum, the units, or troops, then then she has an obligation to do her job, but without accepting a fat check from anyone for doing her job, even when she disagrees with budget item or project in question.

Taking money from anyone who has industry, or manufacturing, or business interests in the final decision or proposal, then that raises all kinds of questions.

So, I ask: Does she take money from people who may hold an opposing view of the issue at stake to compete with the big defense money forked over to her? Doubtful. Lots of money is needed to stay in office and keep turning favors into PAC checks sure; but the source and how it is tied to decisions if paramount.

This is wrong and it stinks and anyone in elected office to take money for things they will vote on. I would never take money for any insider favor or payback or whatever one chooses to call it for my vote if I were in Congress – never. And, in fact, I have run on the strong principle, too.

If she needs fat cat money to stay in office, may I suggest she seek another line of work.

Anonymous said...

9:43- I'm guessing you never took an economics class. Do you understand that Fort Drum boosts the entire economy? Ft Drum is responsible for bringing thousands of people to our area. Those people shops in our stores, eat at our restaurants, and live in our real estate. This puts the economy. Then those businesses use they money they have made off the Fort Drum residents and spend it in our stores, in our restaurants and on our property. It's all a cycle that is spurred, in our case, almost entirely by Fort Drim. I cringe at the thought of how many businesses in our area would close if Fort Drum closed. The local unemployment rate would rise. Our real estate prices would drop as the demand for property would drop. I hate to be mean, but it's pretty ignorant to say that Fort Drum has only cost you. I strongly suggest you read a macroeconomics book. I think you will be much more appreciative of what Fort Drum does to our economy and every single person who lives here.

Anonymous said...

Danny aren't you the guy who is always crying on this blog, as you accuse others of slander/libel, for speaking the truth about you? Yet you flat out accuse our esteemed Representative of supporting Drum in return for money they gave her?

First and foremost...any money you speak of was in the form of a political donation to a campaign, not a direct gift to a candidate, as your lie implies.

Second, corporations are people and those people have the right to support the candidate that serves their interests. Woolfie and the rest of your party are not in the best interest of defense contractors.

Just as your party has the right to make millions off from union donations and in turn they make your pension free from NYS taxes. Now THAT is bribery if there ever was a case of bribery.

Anonymous said...


Used ft drum has no DIRECT impact on a persons incomeunless they benefit DIRECTLY .it is pure cost , little DIRECT benefit to anyone who is not employed at the FORT

why .. Because the Opportunity costs associated with the building on this massive boondoggle COULD have been used to stimulate OTHER more cost effective , cost efficient ,not tax supported revenue generating industries and businesses that beneft a broader base and are not tax blackholes .

Moreove the social detritus that often follows military encampments have in some part contributed to waste , crime , alcohol and drug abuse , ' human trafficking, prostitution, spousal abuse and a whole other array od downside , unintended negative consequences.

So from a macroeconomic view OTHER more BENEFICIAL and COST EFFECTIVE investments were foregone to build this Boongoggle

Anonymous said...

2:07 - Dude, I think you are missing the point. If the federal govt takes away funding for Fort Drum they are just taking it away. That money isn't going to go toward anything else in our area. It would just be gone. And whatever local funds are contributed to Fort Drum are a drop in the bucket compared to the national funding Fort Drum receives so if the national support walks out the door, so does our economy. There would be no other, more beneficial, cost effective investments to be made because there would be no money. Considering how poor our area is Fort Drum is our only hope of sustaining a decent economy. Without the national Fort Drum funding we would be left to our own devices where we would only have the slow and quiet churn of our own local economy to keep up afloat, we would sink.

Anonymous said...

10:26 Brovo! Danny, pull your big boy panties up and answer how much Schummer, Owens, Gillybrand took in as contributions from defense contractors versus how much Schummer, Owens, Gillybrand took in as contributions from the unions.

Now be accurate Danny, you don't need any Common Core Math to properly add instead of coming up with a maybe and you get a ribbon for being close.

Danny won't tell the posters how MOC Stefanik made our former NYS Education Sec. John King look like a fool on the committee hearing a week ago. Danny can you say you have some splaining to do.