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Page 16A - The Chronicle-Express. Penn Yan, N.Y., August 1, 1990 Of legislative questionnaire Kuhl releases results HAMMONDSPORT — Sen. John (Randy) Kuhl, Jr. (R-C, Haminondsport) has released the results of his 1990 Legislative Questionnaire. This questionnaire is one of the most extensive I have ever under­ taken, and the response is one of the best I have ever received,” Kuhl said. ‘Fm extremely pleased that so many people took the time to think a ^ u t and respond to questions about important state issues. It tells me that people are concerned,” he added, noting that he received close to 8,000 com­ pleted questionnaires. Kuhl’s questionnaire focused on five issues; crime/drugs, educa­ tion, the environment, taxes and abortion. On the crime issue, 97 percent of the respondents believe law en­ forcement agencies should be able to confiscate the money or other assets drug dealers acquire through drug sales. Likewise, 80 percent of the respondents believe a high school student suspended or expelled from school for a drug- related incident should have his or her driver’s license suspended, and 84 percent believe a person convicted of selling drugs should have his or her driver’s license revoked. The so-called ‘war on drugs’ is on the public’s mind right now,” Kuhl said, “and so it’s helpful for me to gauge my constituents’ opinions on drug-related issues.” Kuhl also noted that 76 percent of the respondents want New York State to reinstate the death penalty, and 57 percent do not think a mandatory sentence of life-without-parole is an accep­ table alternative to the death penalty. For 14 years in a row, the Legis­ lature has approved legislation to reinstate the death penalty, Kuhl noted, after which it has been vetoed by New York’s governor. Gov. Mario Cuomo has consis­ tently advocated a sentence of life- without-parole as an alternative to the death penalty, Kuhl noted. On education, 64 percent of the respondents do not see in­ creased aid to education as a key to improving the quality of educa­ tion. “One of the issues we’re wres­ tling with more and more is a desire to improve the education of our young people,” Kuhl said. “President Bush convened the first-ever *Education Summit’ last year, which really highlighted the vital role education is going to play in the future strength of this nation. It’s encouraging to have the vision developed nationally, but the nuts-and-bolts of how to do it remains a local respon­ sibility. So ifs helpful for me to see what people think about this important issue,” Kuhl added. He said the governor and others have advanced proposals to lengthen the school day or year as a means of improving education. On his questionnaire, 49 percent of the respondents do not agree with lengthening the school day, 45 percent do not want a longer school year, and SO percent oppose implementing summer sessions. On the other hand, 64 percent of the respondents believe parents should be allowed to choose which public school their child attends. “The environment is another issue on the priority list,” Kuhl said, “and it’s one of the most demanding and complex issues we're going to encounter during the 1990s. The concerns are end­ less and solutions, right now, are elusive.” Kuhl said that 77 percent of the respondents agree that state and local governments should be prohibdted from establishing a garbage indnerator or a landfill on active farmland. The Legisla­ ture recently approved legislation Kuhl sponsored to implement such a prohibition. One of the most prominent is­ sues on the environmental agenda is recycling, he noted. By 1992, munidpalities statewide will be required to have a recycling plan in operation. Many municipalities have already implemented recy­ cling programs. On the question of recycling, 56 percent of the respondents said they are currently separating their garbage into groups of glass, paper, etc. to foster recycling. Of those who said they were not, 59 percent said they would be willing to and 36 percent were undedded. In the area of taxes, 43 percent of the respondents favored delay­ ing the final phase of the state in­ come tax cut as a way of dealing with an antidpated state budget deficit, while 50 percent did not favor that avenue and 7 percent were undedded. If the cut is delayed, respon­ dents were asked to what the money should be dedicated, and: 42 percent favored aid to educa­ tion; 28 percent, creation of drug rehabilitation/treatment centers; 44 percent, a dedicated highway fund to repair roads and bridges; 48 percent favored putting the money toward environmental pro­ grams; 19 percent, construction of new prisons; 40 percent, increased aid to alleviate the plight of the homeless; smd 38 percent, farm preservation. Earlier this year, a Supreme Ck>urt derision “Webster v. Reproductive Services”, upheld a Missouri law banning alx>rtions in public hospitals among other restrictions. As a practical matter, the Supreme Clourt gave states wider authority to limit abortions. Thus, Kuhl’s questionnaire had several questions on the issue. Forty-six percent of the respon­ dents believe there should be restrictions on the choice of women to have abortions, while 48 percent did not, and 6 percent were undecided. A large percen­ tage, 76 percent, would prohibit an abortion after the fetus is 24- weeks-old, except when the mother’s life is endangered, while 59 percent favor requiring a fem^e under the age of 18 to ob­ tain parental consent prior to having an abortion, and 59 per­ cent favor requiring a woman to notify her husband before having an abortion. Dean’s list SCHENECTADY — Tferri Thomas of Penn Yan is among the 488 Union College students named to the dean’s list for the 1989-‘90 academic year. 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