2008-10-24 / Editorial/Opinion

The Wave Endorses …

Barak Obama For President Of The United States: This presidential election is the most important in recent history. Our decision will affect the future of this generation and generations to come. We can change the course of American history. We can reverse the devastating effects of the last eight years of Republican rule. It is the view of The Wave that there is only one man who can change this direction, and that man is Barack Obama. He has outlined specific plans to reduce taxes, preserve and grow the middle class, provide health care for all Americans, enhance educational opportunities, develop alternative sources of energy and protect the environment and he will work to change our image in the world community through diplomatic measures. Barack Obama will inherit war, economic turmoil, high unemployment and runaway debt from the Republican administration. He does not slogan his way to decisions. He thinks things through and with his calm and thoughtful demeanor, and ability to bring people together, he will work for all Americans to solve these problems. It is vitally important for everyone to get out and vote on November 4. There is no doubt that this year your vote will count. Pull the lever for Barack Obama for President.

Anthony Weiner For Representative In Congress, 9th Congressional District: Anthony Weiner has served Rockaway well in the House of Representatives over the past several years. The flamboyant Congressman has worked tirelessly to make Gateway National Recreation Area a destination of choice for Rockaway residents and was instrumental in bringing Aviator Sports to the area. Weiner, who will run for mayor in the 2009 election, is a far better choice than his Conservative Party challenger, William E. Britt Jr., who would probably not recognize Rockaway if he tripped over it.

Audrey Pheffer For Assembly, 23rd Assembly District: Although we have riled about the ineffectiveness of the State Assembly and the fact that Pheffer has never bucked the Democratic leadership on a major issue, we believe that she should be reelected to serve what may be her final term should she decide to opt out for the Borough President slot. Her Republican challenger, Jerry Sullivan is an attractive new candidate, but he hews to the Republican/Conservative line at a time when that line has become less than attractive to many voters. We oppose his stand on school vouchers, gun control, same-sex marriage and abortion, hot-button items that are seminal to those who believe in social justice. State Senator Shirley Huntley, 10th Senatorial District; State Senator Malcolm Smith, 14th Senatorial District and Assemblywoman Michelle Titus, 31st Assembly District are all running unopposed.

Vote "Yes" On Proposal Number One, An Amendment And Concurrent Resolution Of The Senate And Assembly: This proposed amendment to the State Constitution will eliminate the requirement that disabled veterans be receiving disability payments in order to qualify for additional credit on civil service examinations. Presently, to receive extra points on a civil service job or promotion examination, a disabled veteran has to be receiving disability payments, and that must be certified by both the VA and the State organization. This amendment would make it easier for disabled vets to make use of the additional points they deserve.

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