To the editor:
What a surprise; Bill Owens turns out to be another sell-out politician.
Owens started a recent debate by extolling his many years working with Ron Stafford. Make no mistake; Owens is no Ron Stafford, a New York state Senate Republican who was the biggest benefactor of the North Country. Owens worked at Stafford's law firm and represented businesses, not the unions he now claims to support. As a former CEO of PARC and colleague of Owens has pointed out, Owens spent his time in Plattsburgh counseling clients in how to avoid unions and told them that employer-paid health insurance was not a legal mandate but a choice. Now Owens supports Obamacare (a legal mandate) and the unions he used to rail against. Even more insulting is that Owens is trying to take credit for creating thousands of jobs that were created by the PARC CEO and his staff. Owens fails to mention that he was merely a lawyer who got paid to provide advice to those who created the jobs. Oh yes, and then there was the all-expenses-paid trip to Taiwan, paid for by Owens' lobbyist buddies, where he racked up $20,000 in four days.
So just who is Bill Owens - a Republican, a Democrat, a hypocrite, a charlatan, a chameleon? All we know for sure is that Bill Owens supports whoever is sending money his way.
That's why I'm voting for Matt Doheny. Unlike Owens, Matt Doheny works hard for what is in the best interest of all of us.
John A. Millett