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Biographical Profile for Donald Silberger
Previous Candidate for Lt. Governor, New York
Party: Libertarian Party of New York
Phone: (845) 255-8819
Address: 44 Church Street
New Paltz, NY 12561
Donald Silberger's positions and views on the issues:
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General: (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
I believe in a government which maximizes individual liberty and personal responsibility, in full compliance with the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. Such would be a government which limits its powers and perquisites to those permitted by the federal and of the State constitutions. The US federal government has usurped far beyond the constitutional bounds set to restrict its growth and power. The legitimate tasks of government are to protect the country from foreign invasion, to adjudicate and enforce voluntarily enacted contracts, and to protect citizens from tyrannies large and small where those citizens are unable to protect themselves. Government should have no role in defining marriage or in controlling the private honest business or the personal habits of its citizens. MY MAIN ISSUE IS THE ENORMOUS INCARCERATION RATE IN OUR COUNTRY AT THIS TIME. The United States imprisons a larger number of its citizens and a larger percentage of its citizens than any other country. It thus enslaves and disenfranchises a huge and growing populace principally of powerless and impoverished people from its underclasses. I WANT THIS ISSUE AT LEAST MENTIONED.
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
I am a 76-year-old man happily married for twenty six years to 54-year-old Kathryn Benson Kemp Silberger. Katy and I have a married daughter, Julia, age 26, who herself has two sons aged 3 years of age and one month of age, respectively. We have a son, Daniel, age 23, soon to be headed for law school. I have two other daughters by previous marriage: Sylvia, a mathematics professor at age 36, and Frieda, a mother of my 10-year-old granddaughter, Eva, who has at age 46 reentered college to prepare for a career as a nurse. I was born in York, PA, have lived in a dozen, and travelled through all of the lower-48 states, and have worked also both in Canada and for five years in Brazil. Since 1983 I have resided in New Paltz, NY 12561. Both of my parents were born in Hungary, and emigrated to the USA in 1925 where they met each other and married.
Education: (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
I was graduated from William Penn Senior High School of York, PA, in 1948; from Harvard College with an A.B. in physics in 1953; attended medical school for two years and the graduate school of education for another two years at Western Reserve University, 1954-1958. I received an M.S. in mathematics in 1961 from the University of Washington in Seattle, and from the same institution a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1973.
Profession: (profession and work experience outside politics)
From 1956 to 1958 I was a high-school teacher of mathematics and the physical sciences, and since then I have been at various ranks a mathematics professor and researcher at sundry colleges and universities: seven in the United States, one in Canada, and one in Brazil. I have published three dozen articles, mainly research in refereed professional journals, in several related areas in mathematics, mainly algebra and combinatorics. Fourteen people have earned masters degrees in mathematics with dissertations written under my supervision.
Military: (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, discharge date and type)
I have not served in any branch of the armed services.
Civic: (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
I have for years held memberships in the ACLU, the NRA, the MPP, the GOA, the JPFO, the New Paltz Rod & Gun Club, the Dutchess County Pistol Association, Amnesty International, and other organizations devoted to protecting the rights and the liberties of citizens and innocent individuals.
Political: (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
I have held no political office.
Religion: (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
I was born a Jew and confirmed at the age of sixteen in a Reform Temple. Since then my religious orientation has tended increasingly towards agnosticism, humanism, and a concern with ethics rather than doctrine. I now generally eschew religious organizations, and believe that each sentient being developes his or her own private, often incommunicable and notions of the universe and our place in it. People herded together by superstition and authority are induced thereby to become oblivious to their own private voices from the ineffable. These ``religious" powers tend to concentrate upon and repudiate natural human impulses evinced in sexuality and in warm openness to the differing visions of other people.
Accomplishments: (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
I have written and published poetry, short stories, political and philosophical essays, as well as research articles and several textbooks in mathematics. I personally hold some of this work in high regard, and view it with pride. I cannot say how it is viewed by ``the community", and I don't much care. I have guided a number of talented student mathematicians and scientists into productive and creative lives in those fields. I have also for more than half a century been a radical voice decrying the absurdities, injustices, cruelties, and wrongheadedness in our political life. My present electoral campaign is my third effort to bring a very few, but serious, issues to public attention. In 1998 I was the LPNY candidate for Lieutenant Governor, in 2004 its candidate for the USSenate, and now again I am its candidate for LtGov. As for formal accomplishments, here are a few: National Honor Society, Crile Research Fellow in Biochemistry, NSF Research Fellow in Mathematics, Sigma Xi Science Honor Society Associate, CNPq (Brazilian equivalent of NSF) grantee, and others of that sort. I have also been an Eagle Scout.
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