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Thoughts from behind the press line

We all can agree changes need to be made. But with so much disrespect for the "other side," even when one party holds all the cards, they seem to accomplish little except getting themselves into trouble. Americans have always come together in times of crisis and optimism has always been our national outlook. If we aren't into a full crisis now, we are certainly on the doorstep. Let's hope the next group of representatives we send to Washington and Albany, as well as here at home, can start fulfilling the promises they so easily make, instead of adding to the noise.

Unemployment rates

Neighboring Saratoga and Hamilton counties' unemployment rates are among the lowest in the state, with Hamilton leading the state at 4.9 percent, Yates County at 5.7 percent, Saratoga at 5.9 percent and Ontario at 6.1 percent. Clinton County comes in a 9.1 percent, Essex at 7 percent and Franklin at 7.8 percent. The state's highest unemployment rates are in the Bronx at 13 percent, Kings County at 10.5 percent and St. Lawrence at 9.9 percent according to the information from the Department of Labor for August.

United Way campaign

Just quick reminder about the United Way drive currently under way. The United Way allows us all to come together for the good of our fellow neighbor. Despite what difference we all may have, there are those among us who will always need some assistance. Those of us fortunate enough to have our health and a regular paycheck can make a big difference by volunteering your time and/or making a contribution to the United Way, who in turn will distribute the funds raised to more than 30 agencies serving our communities. If your employer hasn't provided you an opportunity to hear more about the United Way, ask them if they would consider letting you assist with an in-house drive. Then call the United Way office at 563-0028. The good folks there will help you get started and send in some volunteers to explain the many who are benefited by these wonderful organizations. They might even send me.

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