2004-10-29 / Editorial/Opinion

Opinions The Wave Endorses…

John Kerry for President and John Edwards for Vice President. It has become clear, especially in light of the three presidential debates and recent events, that President George W. Bush is living in a fantasy world where everything is just dandy in Iraq, where outsourcing jobs to other nations means utopia for American workers, where senior citizens will only benefit from a drug plan that is anathema to most seniors, where Medicare Part B costs continue to rise at an alarming rate and where the words “family values” are a code for those who want religious values to rule every single American. In reality, the war in Iraq looks more and more like Vietnam each day, workers continue to lose their well-paying union-based jobs each day, seniors continue to fall behind because of spiraling drug and other medical costs and the majority of citizens still support the separation of church and state. We believe that a vote to re-elect Bush and Chaney is a vote for a continuing downward spiral for America. Ralph Nader is once again running for President, this time on the Peace and Justice line. Nadar’s ego knows no limits, but his only role once again is to take votes away from the Democratic ticket. Roger Calero is running on the Socialist Workers ticket, while Michael Badnarik if the Libertarian candidate.

Charles Schumer for Senator. Schumer has a number of challengers in the election, none of them with any name recognition, record of service or chance of winning. The Republican candidate, Howard Mills, did come to Rockaway to meet with local party members, but he is an attractive candidate only to that handful of conservatives and disaffected Democrats. Marilyn O’Grady is running on the Conservative line, Martin Koppel is running on the Socialist Workers line, Donald Silberger is running on the Libertarian line, David McReynolds is the candidate of the Green Party and Abraham Hirschfield is running on the Builders Party line. If you have ever heard of any of those people (with the exception of Hirschfield, the millionaire builder), they you’re doing better than most of the electorate. Meanwhile, Schumer has stayed on top of the Republican majority, forcing that group to give New York its due in terms of money to fight terrorism and to build our transportation infrastructure. That he has been unsuccessful for than not is an indication of the fact that the Republicans dislike and distrust New York City mare than it is an indication of Schumer’s skill as a legislator.

James McGuire, Augustus Agate, Randall T. Eng, William Erlbaum, Valerie Braithwaite Nelson and James J. Golia for Justices of the Supreme Court. All of the candidates are picked by party leaders and endorsed by all of the parties, so you will not have much of a choice.

Gregory Meeks for Congress in the Sixth District. Meeks is running unopposed on both the Democratic and Working Families Parties.

Anthony Weiner for Congress in the Ninth District. While Weiner has not yet delivered on everything that he has promised Rockaway, he is by far the best candidate in this two-man race. His opponent, local religious activist Jerry Cronin is a very nice man and a school teacher, but he has “spun” the truth on some issues and has a pro-life agenda that we do not feel comfortable with. In addition, a challenger should want to gain some credibility be debating an incumbent, but Cronin turned down our debate offer because he did not like the way we had set the debate’s parameters. All in all, we believe that a vote for Weiner would much better serve Rockaway. He has attempted to get Rockaway a ferry and has stayed on top of issues at Gateway National Park. People laugh at the saying, “never get between Weiner and a television camera,” but that visibility serves Rockaway well.

Ada Smith for the State Senate in the Tenth District (Broad Channel). Smith cares little for Broad Channel and its needs, but she is running unopposed in a district in which the local community is a minuscule part.

Malcolm Smith for the State Senate in the Fourteenth District (Rockaway). Smith is one of our favorite legislators and deserves another term. Even if he were not running unopposed, with the endorsement of each of the major parties, we would still like him for the job.

Audrey Pheffer for the Assembly in the Twenty-third District (west end of Rockaway). Audrey, who has held the job for many years, is running unopposed with the endorsement of both the Democratic and Working Families Parties. That the Republicans chose not to oppose her gives one an idea of how entrenched state legislators are.

Michelle Titus for the Assembly in the Thirty-first District (east end of Rockaway). While Titus has been at the job for a short time, she has done a decent job for the Far Rockaway community and deserves another term. She has one challenger for the seat, perennial candidate Mike Duvalle, who has run a stealth campaign for the seat. We choose Titus.

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