To the editor:
Longtime Green Party member William Kuntz is profoundly dismayed by New York 21st Congressional District Green Party candidate Donald Hassig's lack of decorum in speaking with staffers at Johnson Newspapers' Watertown Daily Times.
One would have to conclude that Mr. Hassig's anger is misplaced. Mr. Hassig denies most of the allegations as unfounded and threatens legal action against the Johnson Newspapers. Once again, Mr. Hassig is reminded that the accepted standard in the United States is New York Times v. Sullivan. Perhaps Mr. Hassig would prefer to live in Thailand, where wayward journalists are jailed for insulting the royal family. Perhaps then Mr. Hassig might arrange to have Mr. Gorman, who is the editor of the Watertown Daily Times, stomped on by elephants or some other suitable punishment. I am no expert in New York Election Law, but I think that the time might have arrived for Mr. Hassig to withdraw and allow the state Green Party committee to appoint a replacement candidate.
For example, Rule 8 of the Republican state committee allows for removal for disloyalty to the party or corruption, while this applies in that case to committee members. Clearly Mr. Hassig is becoming a loose cannon, and his statement that he intends to suspend his campaign and go off to Canada next month clearly shows a kind of attitude that I do not share.
Belonging to the Green Party in many ways is a personal decision marked by fundamental belief in conservation. Simple things like reusing that small plastic fork, etc., or asking that McDonald's not give you that extra paper bag that makes it all of 10 feet to the trash can or the back seat or your car. In short, not adding to that stream of trash or taking issue with international environmental criminals like the Nestle Global who profess to be sensitive to our world resources but continue to churn out thousands of tons of un-reusable plastic containers (polyethylene terephthalate) for Coffee Mate, Juicy Juice, etc.
It's obvious Mr. Hassig needs to rethink his campaign and engage with the other two candidates on the 2012 ballot - perhaps a dance contest?
William Kuntz III
Nantucket Island, Mass.