Chuck Rivera: Measure X not an area code issue

October 15, 2013 

I am a local firefighter and taxpayer. I support the campaign for Measure X. I walk precincts, put up signs and I made a few calls using a go phone with a non-local area code. If I were not concerned about the future of public safety in the city I call home, I would accept the negative tone in Judy Sly’s Sept. 29 column portraying Measure X as an outsider campaign.

Truth is, this measure cannot get any more local. If Sly were the least bit interested in the importance of this tax, she should ride along with an officer or a fire company. Then she might understand why the city’s firefighters and police officers have banded together to support this important tax. Instead, she portrays us in a sinister manner because we seek the advice of professional consultants who reside in Oakland.

You cannot base the merits of Measure X on an area code or the geographical location of a political consultant. Especially when it is written in a “local” paper whose printing presses in Sacramento are decidedly not local.

CHUCK RIVERA

Modesto

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