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Letter: The Uniform and the Constitution

You know times are bad when the law and good government start looking better on TV shows than in real life. Whatever happened to operating a campaign that rides on “accomplishments,” instead of building upon negatives that are no more than distortions of the truth? The public deserves more than that and its about time this election step it up some notches and focus on what candidates have done or plan to do.

I have nothing but the highest respect for Robert Germino’s record of “serving our country.” Last week, Pasquale Cervasio spoke of Robert Germino’s record in answering the call to arms, followed by Assemblyman Lavine’s record of law. Those of us, including myself, that proudly wore that uniform pledged to honor, protect and defend the Constitution, which means you can’t “pick and choose” who should have their rights protected and who shouldn’t. We can’t, on one hand, hold up the honor behind one who “served our country” and then tear down the honor and ethical obligation of one upholding the Constitution and all the reasons it is in place.

How many times have we heard of attorneys that didn’t do enough? How many times have we heard of attorneys that let important evidence just slip away, where an innocent person was wrongly convicted and executed? Rights exist for a reason and though there are certainly cases where it would be so much easier to “pick and choose,” you can’t attach a “double standard” to the law and the protection of rights.

Chuck Lavine believes in the Constitution and all the reasons it is in place, not the “luxury” behind “picking and choosing” who may appear worthy enough of having their rights protected today. To Assemblyman Lavine, the protection of rights is there for “every person.” There are no shortcuts in his ethical standards of law and that’s the plain and simple truth of it.

As one who proudly wore that uniform and did what is called: “Serve this Country,” I didn’t expect a rose garden upon return to my home of Long Island. What I did expect was fair and good government, with the same level of decency, respect and honor I cared to give. It’s been over 20 years and I still haven’t found it. Good government begins with believing in the rights of every American and the ethical obligation to not cheapen it. It begins with not taking the easy way out or having the luxury to pick and choose who deserves to be heard.

Re-elect Chuck Lavine for the New York State Assembly on Nov. 2. Under his wing, everybody gets heard. That’s the plain and simple truth of it.

Linda Navarro,
United States Naval Veteran