Today, truth in politics is as rare as truth in advertising.

There have been several letters written and comments made that serve to place blame on politicians and political operatives that have limited involvement in what the letters and comments refer to. Letters were published wherein the writers complained that Sen. Terrence Murphy (R) and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R) were partly responsible for the failure to supervise our electric utilities thus resulting in several sustained blackouts. The writers also stated that their Democratic opponents in the upcoming election would do better. In fact, the New York State Department of Public Service is a department supervised by John B. Rhodes, who is appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and responsible to the governor and having nothing to do with Senator Murphy or Assemblyman Byrne.

Similarly, a letter was written concerning the salary of the CEO of Aetna Insurance and the terms of the insurance copays of the writer. The writer again blames Senator Murphy and Assemblyman Byrne for the excessive salary of the CEO and the copays. I would point out that the New York State regulating agency for insurance is the Department of Financial Services. The Department of Financial Services is headed by the superintendent of financial services, who is Maria T. Vullo (D), who is appointed by Gov. Cuomo and responsible to the governor and having nothing to do with Senator Murphy or Assemblyman Byrne.

I agree that both the Public Service Department and the Department of Financial Services should be doing more with regards to their oversight of the electric utilities and the insurance companies. This responsibility rests solely with the chief executive of the state, who is Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).