Board members who refuse to attend veterans’ event are not caring public officials

To the Editor:

I sent this letter to all of the members of the Berne Town Board.

The Albany Stratton Veterans Administration Hospital is hosting the Veterans Cultural Competence Training “Step into the Shoes of Veterans” event on Oct. 16. This event will be on the third floor in the auditorium. 

When I addressed the board, I said we need to understand each other better, and this looks like the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together and learn what our veterans undergo every day.  

I look forward to seeing each and every one of you there. Should you decide to not attend, I’ll take that as your refusal to be an informed and caring public official on the Berne Town Board. 

I have carbon copied this email to The Altamont Enterprise and Albany Times Union, so it may be disseminated to all the residents of Albany County.

Semper Fidelis

Robert “BAR” Porter


Editor’s note: Robert Porter of Albany — a veteran and Republican candidate for State Assembly last year — attended the Berne Town Board meeting on Aug. 28 along with other veteran supporters to back Republican Councilman Dennis Palow. Porter has since enrolled as a Libertarian. For more information about the meeting, see The Enterprise, Aug. 29, 2019, “Vets rally for Berne councilman after Dems skip meeting over safety.”

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