Letter to the Editor

Here’s the text for this week’s letter we are planning to send to the editor.

If you would like to sign your name please contact us before press time or use this text to write to your own paper.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This year we celebrate an historic moment for women, the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by the House of Representatives in 1918, which states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

Yes, we are celebrating 100 years of the right for women to vote! And a very important reason to vote in the upcoming election on November 6th this year.

“In 1848, in Seneca Falls, NY, five women gathered frustrated by the inequalities they faced as women. They decided to call for a Woman’s Rights Convention to discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of woman.” They issued the Declaration of Sentiments signed by 68 women and 32 men. Among other things, it called for the right of women to vote . It took 72 long years and numerous acts of courage for voting to come to fruition for these women.

Women should march in unison to their voting booths to show their appreciation for the efforts of these women. Many of Long Island’s women joined back then in the effort to change their lives. Elizabeth Oakes Smith of Patchogue, spoke out, “Let women learn to take a woman’s view of things. Let her not say, what does my husband, my brother, my father think, wise and good and trustworthy though they be ~ but let her evolve her own thought, recognize her own needs, and judge of her own acts by the best lights of her own mind.”

Judge what is important to YOUYOUR family, friends, and neighbors and VOTE!



How Much Do You Know About Women’s Rights in American History? | Why It’s Essential Women Vote in 2018


Did you know?

  1. Women everywhere earned the right to serve on juries in:
  1. 1983
  2. 1973
  3. 1913
  4. 1993

2. The Equal Opportunity Act gave women the right to have a credit card in their own name in:

  1. 1914
  2. 2004
  3. 1964
  4. 1974

3. Women who ran in the Boston Marathon and numerous other races were breaking the law before:

  1. 1962
  2. 1912
  3. 1972
  4. 1922

4. The first shoe designed specifically for woman (by Nike) was available for purchase in the:

  1. 1980’s
  2. 1970’s
  3. 1990’s
  4. 1960’s

5. ____  years ago women were still barred from attending most Ivy League schools as undergrads.

  1. 25
  2. 50
  3. 75
  4. 100

6. Until the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of ___ was passed, women could technically still be fired by their employer if they became pregnant.

  1. 1998
  2. 1988
  3. 1968
  4. 1978

7. From 1941 to 1945, 400,000 women served at home and abroad in non-combat roles during WWII but they were not aloud to attend military academies until ______.

  1. 1975
  2. 2005
  3. 1965
  4. 2015

8.  In _____, the Supreme Court ruled that women could not be prohibited from practicing law in the landmark case (Reed v. Reed)

  1. 1961
  2. 1911
  3. 1971
  4. 1921

9. Legally women could not refuse sex to their husband until _____.

  1. 1963
  2. 1923
  3. 1973
  4. 1993

10. Sexual harassment in the workplace was not considered an illegal offense until _____

  1. 1977
  2. 1957
  3. 1967
  4. 1997

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Answer key: 1B.1973, 2.D.1974, 3. C.1972.,4.A.1980s, 5.B.50,6. D.1978, 7. A.1975, 8. C.1971, 9.D.1993, 10.A.1977

sources: https://www.bustle.com/p/13-simple-things-women-couldnt-do-50-years-ago-in-the-us-66601,


Meet Kevin Thomas at the Garden City Senior Center | Wednesday • October 3, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 Kevin Thomas the Democratic Candidate for NY House District 6 will be joining Stand Up AND Speak Out Garden City at the Senior Center at 1pm. Please come and bring your friends.


Mission to flip Senate District 6 to BLUE

Learn how you can help Long Island’s mission to flip Senate District 6 to BLUE and how you can make a difference.


Kevin Thomas is running against incumbent Kemp Hannon for Central Long Island Senate District 6. Some of the issues he supports are below:



  • Pass the Reproductive Health Act
  • Pass the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act
  • Pass the NY Health Act

Gun Control

He supports passage of the Red Flag law that according to Wikipedia is: A red flag law is a gun violence prevention law that permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. This law is also supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo.


Kevin Thomas also supports strengthening the  Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act also known as the NY SAFE ACT 

“The SAFE Act stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun by requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, increases penalties for people who use illegal guns, mandates life in prison without parole for anyone who murders a first responder, and imposes the toughest assault weapons ban in the country. For hunters, sportsmen, and law abiding gun owners, this new law preserves and protects your right to buy, sell, keep or use your guns.”

– Governor Andrew Cuomo


  •  Pass real property tax relief Including:
  • Allow those who make less than $300,000 to take the full SALT exemption in excess of the federally mandated $10,000 cap
  • Raise the Senior Citizen real property tax exemption and the Disabilities Real Property Tax exemption to $50,000
  • Cap real property taxes for senior citizens.


Fully implement the NY Court of Appeals ruling in regard to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and ensure that our public schools receiving all of the funding from the state that they are owed


  •   Pass the Public Works Definition Act
  •   Protecting the Prevailing Wage

Infrastructure and Environment

  • Infrastructure investment in roads by fixing potholes, rebuilding bridges, updating the LIRR, and sewers on Long Island.
  • Protect our Long Island aquifers by passing the ban on nitrogen pollutants.

Civil Rights

  •     End Cash Bail in cases of minor offenses
  •     Legalize Cannabis


  • Pass the NY Liberty Act
  • Pass the NY Dream Act

Consumer Protection

Pass SB 8131 (An amendment to GBL 349 to bring New York’s consumer protection laws up to date and protect consumers in NY)

Climate Change

Pass the Climate and Communities Protection Act



Thanks for joining us!

We believe in this political climate everyone must

Stand Up and Speak Out

for what is just and right!

We’re here to encourage you to vote in the November 2018 election because that is the single most contributing factor impacting our elected officials.