To the editor:
I have had the fond pleasure of meeting Karen Bisso, candidate for New York Assembly, at a Hometown Heroes Muskie Challenge on the weekend of Sept. 8.
I was introduced to Ms. Bisso by Mr. Don Meissner during the event, and was told that she was running for state Assembly.
Upon meeting Ms. Bisso, I found it hard to believe that she was actually running for office, as the way she interacted so naturally and so compassionately was, for me, uncharacteristic of any politician I have ever known. She was "real" and she was very much approachable and available to the public at that event.
With her likable personality, she brought brightness to everyone around.
Later that night I was amazed that this same extraordinary woman is the referee for the Raiders vs. 49ers football game (for the children).
While I played the game I could not help but be impressed by how she conducted herself, even on a football field with two old pro football players as myself and Sam Kennedy from the San Francisco 49ers, which is a task in itself.
Ms. Bisso was connected, kept control of the game as it was played, protected the safety of the children involved, and made herself, once again, available after the game to everyone there.
After my stay in the St. Lawrence County and interacting with the people of the entire region, I am totally convinced that Karen Bisso is a very positive reflection of the nature and personality of the people of this area, and I wish her all the best in this and everything she aspires to. The impression she has left with me will ensure that I return many times in the future.
Eddie L. Kidd
Soldier and family assistance program manager
U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion