Hudson Valley Seniors would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped rally behind Antonio Delgado and elect him into congress! Congratulations, congressman!
The humankind has gone through some dark periods, and the United States has had its share of difficult times. The Hudson Valley Seniors endured their share of hardships, including tales of survival during the lean days that followed World War II. However, the United States has been fortunate to have remarkable leaders who realized that the health of the nation overshadowed all other considerations. Driven by the conviction that hunger is unacceptable in modern society, they made sure the country’s massive farm resources were used to the benefit of all Americans through food programs that reached even the remotest corners of the land. The modern way of life has taken its toll on the health of Americans, making it all the more important that national leaders prioritize the supply of affordable quality food, thus eliminating the cause of many diseases and reducing the burden of healthcare expenses. The Hudson Valley Seniors declare that the Democratic Congressional Candidate Antonio Delgado is the person who will work tirelessly to make this happen.
Historically, many US leaders set out to combat hunger by providing nourishment to the most vulnerable members of society. President Franklin D. Roosevelt started a school lunch program that also helped farmers market their crops. In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson and Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York exposed hunger in the Appalachian Mountains and in poor communities throughout the country, which led to a massive expansion of food programs. Within a decade, the United States had food stamps introduced, as well as various programs for school children and would-be or new mothers. These initiatives proved of benefit both to US farmers and citizens in need of food aid, but recent political decisions threaten to undermine this symbiotic relationship and impede efforts to improve the nation’s health, according to the Hudson Valley Seniors.
Wholesome and abundant food is essential for eradicating diseases such as diabetes and obesity, which are taxing the healthcare system and hurting the productivity of the country. Even if a government needs to save taxpayer dollars, it should not do it at the expense of health and well-being. Antonio Delgado believes that America has the means to make hunger a dark memory by using its incredible farm resources. He is a proponent of encouraging good farming and expanding food assistance programs while also educating people about good nutrition habits. As the most productive agricultural economy in the world, the United States can easily eliminate hunger and provide its citizens with good food as long as its leaders have the will to support this cause.
The Hudson Valley Seniors are a collective of war veterans and Baby Boomers who believe that past experiences should serve as lessons to the new generations. These residents of the 19th Congressional District of New York State live by the values Americans cherish and want their great country to have worthy leaders. Driven by patriotism and a strong sense of social justice, the seniors actively campaigns for Democratic Congressional Candidate Antonio Delgado, using social media and their website to get fellow Hudson Valley residents to vote and help build a better future for the country.
The state of New York is considered the birthplace of the American Dream. These days, however, it feels as if it has become just that - a dream. The economy is strained, and the working class is feeling the brunt of it as the cost of living rises and wages stagnate. The Hudson Valley Seniors of Congressional District 19 in New York State benefitted from a better regional economy, and it is their overwhelming desire to see it restored to its former strength. United by the wish to contribute actively to both a national and a local revival, they have chosen to stand firmly behind Antonio Delgado, a Democratic candidate for Congress.
Delgado was born and raised in New York, which gives him an intimate understanding of how the community works and what the infrastructure requires. He is pushing for banking support for small businesses and advocating the relaxation of regulations that strangle them while big corporations thrive and benefit from exploiting loopholes. These new policies would raise the minimum wage, as well as offer support to local business and worker unions. As the Hudson Valley Seniors point out, Delgado’s strong redistribution plan ensures that no stress is put on taxpayers. Special interest groups and the super wealthy receive the largest tax breaks, but the burden of funding these perks falls on the middle and working classes. Delgado will work to lighten the tax load on the working American people and crack down on large corporations that pay the least and often do their work overseas.
Another thing Delgado is fighting for is educational opportunities for everyone since knowledge and skills are critical for building a strong infrastructure and economy. He will reinvest in trade and vocational schools, as well as apprenticeship programs, providing young people with excellent alternatives to college and paths to successful and meaningful careers. Having skilled workers in well-paying jobs will lead to creating professionals who excel in their trade and provide well for their families.
With their support for Delgado, the Hudson Valley Seniors aim to help return New York and the entire United States to a place where everyone has the opportunity to prosper. This should be a place where no one is forced to work two or three jobs to provide for themselves and their families. With Antonio Delgado representing District 19 in Congress, New York will have a leader who is fighting for them and ensuring that it remains a great state with great promise for everyone living there.
The elderly citizens calling themselves the Hudson Valley Seniors believe that lessons from the past can help prevent mistakes in the future. These residents of the 19th Congressional District of New York State live by the values and principles, which allowed the United States to become a leading global power. Driven by patriotism and a strong sense of social justice, they want to ensure that the country has worthy leaders, so the group has been actively campaigning on behalf of Democratic Congressional Candidate Antonio Delgado. Through social media and online portals, the seniors have been spreading their message and galvanizing fellow Hudson Valley residents into action.
New York is the birth place of the American Dream. These days, however, it feels like it’s become just that— a dream. The economy is strained, and the working class is feeling the brunt of it, with rising costs of living and stagnant wages. The Hudson Valley Seniors of Congressional District 19 in New York benefitted from a better regional economy; one that they hope to see this country restored to. That is why they fully stand behind Antonio Delgado, democratic candidate for congress.
Delgado was born and raised in New York with a fundamental understanding of how the community here works and what the infrastructure requires. He is pushing for banks to invest in small business and to relent on the regulations that strangle them while big corporations thrive and benefit from loopholes. These new policies would raise the minimum wage, offer support to local business and worker unions. All of these things might seem like they’re going to put a stress on tax-payers who would foot the bill, but Delgado has a strong redistribution plan. Special interest groups and the super wealthy receive the largest tax breaks, while the middle and working class are funding them. Antonio Delgado will work to relieve the tax burden on the working American people and come down on large corporations that pay the least and often do their work overseas.
A strong infrastructure and economy cannot exist without a basis of education for everyone, something that Delgado is fighting for. He will reinvest in trade and vocational schools, as well as apprenticeship programs, allowing for middle class families alternative options to college that will lead to successful and meaningful careers. A well trained working class in good paying jobs will lead to professionals that excel in their trade and can provide for their families.
Let us return New York, and this country, to a place where everyone has the opportunity to prosper. Where people aren’t forced to work two and three jobs just to provide for themselves and their loved ones. With Antonio Delgado in congress for District 19, New York will have a leader that is fighting for them and continuing to make it a great state with great promise for everyone living there.
Get Up and Go Vote
Back in 1992, I published a piece about voting at the Y on Lexington Avenue. “At the Y, nothing has changed,” I wrote:
Around the room, the machines’ shabby curtains snap open and bang shut; the vestal poll-watchers bend low over their thick volumes; and once again I have forgotten the number of my assembly district. Redirected, I sign my name above an amazing column of perfect prior replicas, in various inks: my straight A’s in civics. I get in line and, for this once, don’t mind its length or slowness. Inside at last, I flip the pleasing levers and then check my “X”s one more time; it’s all done so quickly that I linger a moment longer. . . . Then I grab the lever, record myself with a manly fling, and walk out, shriven, to go to work.
I went on to say that I’d fallen “a long way from the hot certainties of my twenties and thirties, when I would argue politics with my friends and family by the hour and the day and the night,” and fired off “burning letters to my congressman and dialled Western Union before bedtime with still another telegram to the White House. No more. I have no wish to sort out here what happened to me, what happened to us all, when our politics went onto the tube, for we know that story by heart. We are consumers of politics now, and hardly participants at all.”
Editing this piece now, before your eyes, I’d say that I like and stand behind my paean to the voting machine, whose absence I mourn each November—the pure and pearl-like oddity that so well matched the strangeness and beauty of voting. On the other hand, I could do without my hurried complaints about the massive shift of national politics from newspapers and radio onto television (the “tube,” as we called it then).
What I need to add here, in 2018, by contrast, is my reconversion from the distanced and gentlemanly 1992 Roger to something akin to the argumentative and impassioned younger me, which began with the arrival of Donald Trump in our politics and our daily lives. In a New Yorker piece posted the week before the 2016 election, I wrote that my first Presidential vote was for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1944, when I was a young Air Force sergeant stationed in the Central Pacific. I went on to say that, seventy-two years later, defeating Trump made that immediate election the most important of my life. Alarmed as I was, I had no idea, of course, of the depths of the disaster that would befall us, taking away our leadership and moral standing in the world.
I am ninety-eight now, legally blind, and a pain in the ass to all my friends and much of my family with my constant rantings about the Trump debacle—his floods of lies, his racism, his abandonment of vital connections to ancient allies and critically urgent world concerns, his relentless attacks on the media, and, just lately, his arrant fearmongering about the agonizingly slow approach of a fading column of frightened Central American refugees. The not-to-mention list takes us to his scorn for the poor everywhere, his dismantling contempt for the F.B.I. and the Justice Department, and his broad ignorance and overriding failure of human response. A Democratic victory in this midterm election, in the House, at the least, will put a halt to a lot of this and prevent something much worse.
Countless friends of mine have been engaged this year in political action, but, at my age, I’m not quite up to making phone calls or ringing doorbells. But I can still vote, and I ended that 1992 piece by saying how the morning after Election Day I’d search out, in the Times, the totals in the Presidential balloting, and, “over to the right in my candidate’s column, count the millions of votes there, down to the very last number. ‘That’s me!’ ” I would whisper, “and, at the moment, perhaps feel once again the absurd conviction that that final number, the starboard digit, is something—go figure—I would still die for, if anyone cared.”
What I said I would die for I now want to live for. The quarter-century-plus since George H. W. Bush lost that election to Bill Clinton has brought a near-total change to our everyday world. Unendable wars, desperate refugee populations, a crashing climate, and a sickening flow of gun murders and massacres in schools, concert halls, churches, and temples are the abiding commonplace amid the buzz of social media, Obamacare, and #MeToo. What remains, still in place and now again before us, is voting.
What we can all do at this moment is vote—get up, brush our teeth, go to the polling place, and get in line. I was never in combat as a soldier, but now I am. Those of you who haven’t quite been getting to your polling place lately, who want better candidates or a clearer system of making yourself heard, or who just aren’t in the habit, need to get it done this time around. If you stay home, count yourself among the hundreds of thousands now being disenfranchised by the relentless parade of restrictions that Republicans everywhere are imposing and enforcing. If you don’t vote, they have won, and you are a captive, one of their prizes.
When you do go to vote on Tuesday, take a friend, a nephew, a neighbor, or a partner, and be patient when in line. Just up ahead of you, the old guy in a sailing cap, leaning on his cane and accompanied by his wife, is me, again not minding the wait, and again enthralled by the moment and its meaning.
Roger Angell, a senior editor and a staff writer, has contributed to The New Yorkersince 1944, and became a fiction editor in 1956. He is the author of “Late Innings.”
It is not surprising America is a magnet for people escaping hunger and violence. It is not surprising that America remains a ‘promised land.’
It is what brought our forefathers here.
Even for those who came here in shackles, no other land beckons.
The journalist, Molly Ivins wrote, “It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.”
The nineteenth congressional district of NY remains more a portrait of America of yesteryear than today’s roiling urban centers. Which gives the district the special chance to display the qualities that make America great.
These are welcoming newcomers, enjoyment of differences, absorption into our way of life.
Communities encourage respect for homeland cultures as they celebrate America’s exceptionalism. That is why there are St. Patrick’s Day and Labor Day parades.
Why is the country struggling with today’s immigrants? It turns out to be a political matter. Traditional American respect for law is challenged by border crossings of people without proper authority. Most Americans get that.
Build a war, hire more crossing guards? Good questions. And so, the search is to do the ‘right thing.’
But framing the question in threatening tones has shoved thinking about solutions aside. Most Democrats (and even Donald Trump at times) want to deal with the reality that a porous border encouraged millions seeking the gifts America has to offer to come here. Chiefly, that is jobs, housing, health care and schools.
Yes, and criminals too, meeting the demands of Americans for more drugs.
The program for giving legal status to the children of unauthorized migrants has wide acceptance. The Republican majority in the Congress has not gotten the job done. That is one good reason to turn the House of Representative over to the Democrats
There is reasonable disagreement over the ‘Dreamers,’ as these young people are called, should be put on the path to citizenship after being allowed to stay in America. Put baldly, many believe citizenship should come after those who applied through regular channels get their coveted citizenship papers.
What to do going forward? Democrats and Republicans agree that much of the onus falls on the employers of undocumented migrants. After all, getting work is the primary reason to make the dangerous crossing.
Republicans control the legislative and executive arms of government. They cannot agree on a plan. Progress will come when new life is breathed into the system.
Antonio Delgado is open to ideas. He wants to take the best of what is put forth and make it work for Americans.
The reason to vote for Democrats is to solve the challenges we face. Not to see conservative and very, very conservative Republicans in schoolyard brawls over who can inflict the most harm on an edgy nation.
Republicans used to be the models of party discipline. For now, all that is gone. If we want to advance the values held by most Americans, Antonio Delgado and the Democrats are the way forward.
How to cure addiction, diabetes, and obesity--good food and plenty of it.
Seniors remember WW II food rationing. Going to the grocery store with our mothers and choosing from skimpy goods. Feeding the troops was the first priority.
After the war, things changed dramatically. Farmers were back behind the plow.
Food was abundant.
Big pockets of hunger persisted in poor and rural communities. President Roosevelt had started the school lunch program to help school children get nourishment. The program also helped farmers market their crops.
In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson and Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York, exposed hunger in the Appalachian Mountains and in poor communities throughout the nation.
What followed was a huge expansion of food programs. The goal was to wipe out hunger.
In ten years, the food stamp program was launched; a school breakfast program was initiated; Pregnant and lactating mothers were given nutritious foods; and summer feeding programs took hold.
New York State worked hand in hand with the federal government to make these programs work. Now, the president and the congress are intent on ripping them apart.
One thing is clear: American farmers and Americans needing food aid are partners. What is good for one is good for the other.
So, what is the congressional majority doing? It is trying to separate farmers and consumers. The quickest way to do that is to cut the food stamp program. How? By imposing a bureaucratic and wasteful program built around Republican notions of the ‘lazy American.’ A picture with just enough truth in it to rank with the illegal immigrant voter myth.
America has the means to make hunger a dark memory. And to use its incredible farm resources to make Americans happy and healthy.
Antonio Delgado wants to build on our ‘pastures of plenty.’
· Encourage good farming
· Expand food assistance programs
· Educate Americans on healthy eating
A dollar spent on healthy foods is a dollar less spent on unhealthy Americans.
Ask Mr. Faso why it is so important to him to attack hunger by making food less available? Does he think a hungry child will be a better student? A hungry adult a better worker? A hungry elder less prone to mishaps?
Battling hunger and bad nutrition habits is an easy win for the most productive agricultural economy on the planet.
By the way, ask farmers why they are so upset with presidential tariffs. It is because they are so good at what they do, they can feed the world.
There are plenty of places to save taxpayer dollars. Corporate tax breaks and shelters are a good place to start.
There is no better place to spend money than on creating healthy Americans.
More health is less illness. Democrats like Antonio Delgado will work to make sure America’s ‘Horn of Plenty’ is aimed at youngsters, people in the prime of life, and, yes, senior citizens.
Democrats have to take Congress back from those who want to ‘steal from the poor and give to the rich.’
Hudson Valley Seniors
Seeing the downward trend in our political system and government, we decided to speak out, as Seniors in the 19th Congressional District.
We have witnessed our nation change through out the years: lived through the McCarthy Era, watched as we forced Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II and are now bearing witness to the rapid decline of our country via the Trump Administration. Experiencing the highs and lows of our great nation, which has ALWAYS been great, we support the agenda of the Democratic candidate Antonio Delgado. The realization that we, as a country, are taking steps backwards and away from progression does not fall short on the Seniors of Hudson Valley, or on Delgado.
Delgado believes that the Washington Republicans, including John Faso, are leaving behind the hardworking middle-class families of America, damaging their ability to obtain affordable healthcare and offering tax breaks to the rich instead of those who are in need. Antonio Delgado is backed by the Hudson Valley Seniors for his upstanding views on jobs, healthcare and tax policies.
John Faso is a political puppet on a Trump Administration string. He actively agrees with Trump’s decision to raise prices on tariffs that will hurt our nation’s farmers and has voted to demolish the Affordable Care Act which provided healthcare to many Hudson Valley residents. The Republicans are now targeting the removal of pre-existing conditions from the ACA, to allow insurers to charge premiums for pre-existing conditions. John Faso has actively looked for permission from President Trump to vote against a tax cut while making no decisions on his own to defy the administration although their policies are damaging to the land he represents in the 19thCongressional District.
John Faso shows no signs of ever tackling the hard hitting issues the Hudson Valley residents will face and instead will conform to the Trump Administration’s will to take our already great nation and send it further on its decline.
The Seniors of Hudson Valley cannot accept a politician such as John Faso to ruin their home and the livelihoods of their friends and neighbors. They encourage you to vote Row A on November 6thand help elect Antonio Delgado into Congress. He is not afraid to stand up against the wrong doings of the Trump Administration and restore honor and integrity to the United States of America.
Trump and Faso, Bad for the Hudson Valley
Where Donald Trump goes, John Faso is sure to be.
Look for Trump and every time you’ll find Faso.
Faso follows Trump on tariffs raising prices and hurting farmers.
Faso follows Trump sowing health care confusion that causes real worry for thousands of 19thCongressional District citizens.
Faso follows Trump turning against America’s allies.
Faso follows Trump admiring and courting dictators.
Wherever Donald Trump goes, John Faso is sure to follow.
Ask John Faso why he follows Trump wherever he leads.
Faso voted at Trump’s direction to wreck the Affordable Care Act.
Faso voted, but only with Trump’s permission, against the tax cut.
Faso said he admired the late great Sen. John McCain, a true American hero. But where was John Faso when Trump dishonored Sen. McCain? SILENT.
Did Faso say a word? Did he speak when the senator died and Trump would not order the flag to half-staff? He was SILENT as Trump scorned a true military hero, and great veteran who spoke for all veterans like those of the 19thDistrict.
We think all this makes John Faso unworthy to represent New York’s 19thCD any longer.
If you agree, you can do something.
Join us in voting to elect Antonio Delgado to Congress.
Let’s take our congressional district back from Donald Trump and John Faso.
Help us elect Antonio Delgado, a man unafraid of Trump -- ready to stand with us against him and for what we value – family, faith, respect for all and country.
Let’s elect a congressman:
Ready to expand and guarantee health care to all Americans;
Ready to work to rebuild America, its roads, bridges, and schools;
Ready to restore the benefit of balanced free trade to America’s economy;
Ready to honor our veterans with the benefits they’ve earned;
Ready to treat our allies with respect and stand up to those opposedto Democracy.
We are Seniors of the Hudson Valley, an independent group, and we support Antonio Delgado.