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Sunday, June 28, 2020

LGBTQ groups back Mitrano campaign for Congress

PENN YAN—Two organizations dedicated to building the political power of LGBTQ+ women have endorsed Tracy Mitrano’s campaign to represent New York’s 23rd congressional district. Mitrano announced the endorsements on the anniversary of the first Pride Parade, which commemorates the police raid on a gay bar that sparked the gay civil rights movement.

“I am proud to have been endorsed by both the LGBTQ Victory Fund and LPAC,” said Mitrano. “Although celebrated annually, we live Pride each and every day by working towards a more just and equitable world for everyone.”

"Mitrano, an openly LGBTQ woman, is running on a platform focused on protecting and expanding access to affordable healthcare, addressing the student debt crisis, and securing the health of the district's lakes and rivers for future generations," said LPAC Executive Director Stephanie Sandberg.

“Thank you, LPAC and the Victory Fund,” Mitrano said. With your support, we can bring leadership, courage, and progress to this district.”

19 comments :

Anonymous said...

The "student debt crisis" is about people(including doctors, lawyers,and politicians) who borrowed from the taxpayers and don't want to responsibly pay it back........

Anonymous said...

And your point is....?

Anonymous said...

The point is the irresponsible , free-ride lookin' , little bums need to get a job and PAY BACK THE LOAN. It's a LOAN not an entitlement.

Anonymous said...

I think that saying the student debt crisis is about people who borrowed money that they “don’t want to pay back”, is a ridiculous oversimplification of a very complex issue. It’s also interesting that you cherry picked that item out of a story about a candidate running for office in NYS.

Anonymous said...

4:49, how much did it cost for you get your degree(s)?

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should have worked harder in high school (like the responsible people further down on this site) and got a scholarship if they didn't want to pay for college. If they are given a free-ride now they will expect it all their lives. At "our" (working people) expense . Or welfare

Anonymous said...

@4:59- Ms Mitrano is trying to make a career out of running for public office.
Get the Federal government out of the college loan business (which was taken over by Barack Obama) and then maybe kids could afford to go to college.

If I but a $300,000 home and only make $50,000 per year, should you be made to pay back my loan just because of my own poor judgement? The same should apply to college loans. Pick a degree which has plenty of job openings and it will work out fine- get a degree in art history or some other idiotic subject and you'll have problems of your own making.

Anonymous said...

I asked the question earlier, but, for some reason, it was not permitted by the admin; how much did it cost for you to earn your degrees?? I’m asking you, 4:49 and 5:55! How much did YOUR college education cost? Since you obviously have this all figured out! Since you clearly understand that skyrocketing student debt is the result of lazy people who should have worked harder in high school. Seriously? It’s that simple? It’s because lazy people “don’t want to pay the money back”? Because college graduates have an elaborately worked out plan to “go on welfare” and make “working people” support them? Seriously??? Never mind...I know how much your degrees cost.

Anonymous said...

Wow 635, you must know everything. Good morning Mr know it all... (Bullwinkle).. I wish you would tell me how much my PHEAA loans were. Well?
Please do tell.

Anonymous said...

Dang 6:31! You trigger good!! hahaha
Also, your argument makes zero sense...what’s your degree again? hahaha!

Anonymous said...

In 2005 I graduated college with an associate's degree and $43,000 in student loan debt. I got a job making $14.50/hr. I bought a used truck, and my hours got cut at work. I was paying $323/month on my student loans, and I watched everyone I know go on spring break and rack up credit card bills while they waited for a $70k/year job to pop up that didn't require them to work 50+ hours a week. I sacked every extra nickel I had into my debt. I was let go from my job, but I didn't even go to the unemployment office because I had a job lined up in 3 days. It was an aweful job and I hated every minute of it, but it paid the bills. I paid off my $43,000 in student loans in 2017 clean and clear without ever taking a dime for free from anyone. I'll never take a handout that I didn't earn, it's a matter of pride and self respect.
Post secondary education is expensive. For some, it's not worth it. I see help wanted signs every day while the country sees its highest rate of unemployment in a century. The problem is people can make more money by not working than if they pull themselves up by their bootstraps and earn their keep. Instead of spending tens of thousands on a college education many people would be better off to go directly into the workforce, or maybe a trade school.
The moral of the story is this; people don't value what they don't earn. It sucks that people make poor decisions when they're 18, but if you bail them out and they never learn to rely on themselves or to make better decisions it just keeps happening over and over. Let them squirm a little under the pressure and they'll come out a better person for it.
As an added bonus, if you make college free, it becomes a necessity for everyone. The workforce who is paying the Lions share of taxes has to go to college to get a degree in basket weaving so they can throw skids on the pipeline for a living. It doesn't make sense, and you don't need a degree to figure out that the math doesn't add up.

Anonymous said...

Re: 9:51PM

One reason American College graduates can't get a good job is the USA has been importing workers for the better jobs.

U.S. employers keep roughly 600,000 foreign H-1B visa workers in jobs throughout the United States, according to an unprecedented report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.

The total number of resident H-1B workers has successfully been kept secret for decades, mainly because Fortune 500 companies do not want voters to recognize the massive outsourcing of jobs for themselves and their college graduate children.

But President Donald Trump has allowed his pro-reform deputies to release the data, likely to boost his June 22 reform plans.

Anonymous said...

Preach it 9:51!! Trade schools are the way to go.

Joseph Kerr said...

Trade schools? To do what?? We don’t make anything in this country anymore! We produce NOTHING!! While your quoting some nonsense about foreign workers taking away the jobs, no one seems concerned about the jobs that are being sent to foreign countries! The way economies work is by making stuff and selling stuff...but all this country does is sell stuff. We sell stuff that gets made cheaply in foreign countries. Foreign workers aren’t a threat to the US...the oligarchs and corporations within this country are the threat. Student debt is a problem, not because of the threat of defaulting, but because it literally takes out citizens and puts them deep into debt, before they’ve ever earned a penny. Add mortgage debt, vehicle debt, health insurance and credit card debt and you end up with a rapidly growing population of people with no options other than working to serve the oligarchs. They want student debt, they want mortgage debt, they want credit card debt...because people who are deep in debt are easier to control. And let’s not lose sight of the fact that our universities have become huge corporate machines, with high ranking administrations making million dollar salaries, sports coaches making multimillion dollar salaries and investors(benefactors) making huge sums of money. We have a secretary of education who is, herself, a billionaire, who wants to privatize education...to make more money!
You’re being duped into thinking the student debt problem is about “lazy entitled” students trying to get off easy. It’s not at all! It’s about a really bad system that, as with everything else, favors the super rich at the expense of the citizens.

Anonymous said...

Amen 951 close to my own story. Good for you and your parents. You're a good person.

Anonymous said...

@ Joe Kerr Trade schools have nothing to do with what you're talking about. Trad schools teach kids the basic trades like HVAC, building construction, appliance and vehicle repair and hundreds of other services used everyday.

To 8:38 I'm not triggered at all. Ms Mitrano has run for office 3 times. This is she lost the primary ion her first attempt and lost in the general election the last time. I have no degree since I started working while still in Jr High school delivering newspapers and retired after working nearly 25 years building locomotives and transit cars.

Joseph Kerr said...

7:07...fair point, I’ll concede. You’re correct about trades...I got a little overzealous, because I get frustrated that people seem to misunderstand what the term “student debt crisis” means. It’s not about people defaulting on their loans(that’s a small percentage, and is typically done by ‘non-finishers’). The problem is how much it costs...moreover, why it costs so much. It’s not about deadbeat graduates, it’s about a greedy system, that puts people deep into debt at the very beginning of their adult working lives, and keeps them there for a long time.

Anonymous said...

@ Joe Kerr the costs have spiraled out of control because Obama ordered the Federal takeover of all student loans in the country .

Joseph Kerr said...

I don’t care whose fault it is, this is a bipartisan problem. Blame focuses on the past, responsibility focuses on the future. This is another situation where the oligarchs have infiltrated the system to create more profits for corporations. The elected officials are ALL culpable in it...Republicans, to their credit, are not bashful about it and they don’t hide the fact that they work for the billionaire corporations and they’re happy to take your money...Democrats are worse, because they’re sneaky about it (Obama-Care was a promise of helping the citizens, but was really just a gift to the insurance industry). Anyway, the more we allow the corporations to keep Americans in debt(starting with student debt), ultimately the more control they have over all of us.

And always remember; if “career politicians” can become multimillionaires, somebody besides the voters is paying them. That goes for ALL of them.