Justice lacking for judge
I recently read the article in the OBSERVER pertaining to village of Fredonia and town of Pomfret Justice David Prince. Justice Prince was admonished for neglecting to follow judiciary protocol.
I felt it degrading and shameful that the justice was admonished. By the way, admonished has many meanings. For example, to criticize sharply, to scold, a warning, and to counsel against, just to name a few.
Justice Prince did not deserve to be a recipient of that process.
During my career - over 40 years - in labor relations, both private and public sectors, I have had the privilege to work with federal arbitrators, federal and state mediators, a host of judges, and attorneys across New York state.
And in all those years, none that I can recollect, was ever a subject to be admonished for displaying "compassion" toward the victims.
It is my feeling that there are no set of rules or guidelines for "compassion." It's something we are born with. God given. To show it is honorable.
I am very much aware that there is protocol to follow in our judiciary system. However, maybe there needs to be the exception when it applies.
I feel that we should honor Justice Prince's good judgment and wise words. He has served our community with fairness and honor for many years.
Partnership has consequences
TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership is a worldwide plan being developed in Washington, D.C. quietly by major corporate players. No information on any of its content has been released to the public.
However, some frightening information has been leaked and it is very disturbing. If adopted, it will be very bad for the U.S. economy as well as sending our jobs overseas again. It is becoming apparent why nothing has been released to the public or our government.
Some press releases are starting to appear urging "fast tracking" of the plan, which would be the worst ever. TPP must be unaccepted, not approved, and put in the nearest ash can. What is really scary is our Congressman, Republican Tom Reed, 27th district, a supporter of the government shutdown last year and who actually voted against the bipartisan compromise settlement which restored it, has become somehow involved with TPP.
Jump in if you detect any funny business and help save us all.
PAUL B. McGAVIS,