June 9, 2018 Editorial, Press

Letter: Cobb would unite people in north country

“Tedra has based her entire career on solving problems by taking the issues at hand, finding common ground to build a consensus.”

On May 23, the Rev. Fred Garry wrote an excellent North Country Perspective column in the Watertown Daily Times titled “Old wisdom not very helpful.” In concluding his essay, Rev. Garry reminded me of the reason we need to support Tedra Cobb in her effort to go to U.S. House of Representatives for the 21st Congressional District. In Rev. Garry’s essay, he deals with wisdoms we may have acquired through the years concerning bullying and gun violence issues involved in the recent school shootings in the United States. This essay is important to read.

In Rev. Garry’s conclusion, he states, “It may be that answers can be found by clear-thinking politicians who find a common ground and build on it. Yet nothing in our current political landscape suggests this is possible.”

In reading that part, I immediately thought of Tedra Cobb, a Democratic candidate in the 21st Congressional District. Tedra has based her entire career on solving problems by taking the issues at hand, finding common ground to build a consensus. Through her work as an activist in college, a St. Lawrence County legislator, developer of the St. Lawrence Health Initiative and her own consulting business, Tedra’s focus has been bringing people and ideas together to solve problems and develop new ideas. Tedra came to SUNY Potsdam for college and stayed in the north country. For 30 years, she has faced the challenges of raising a family, building small businesses and helping her community overcome the tests we encounter living in the north country. The Democratic primary for the 21st Congressional District is on June 26. I’m asking area Democrats to support Tedra Cobb so she can make a difference for the north country both here and in Washington.

Jon Hall
Watertown

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