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The United States is the biggest business on Earth. If you owned stock in Ford Motor Co. or General Motors and you needed a new CEO, wouldn't you want a successful business person for that position?
Add my kudos to Kristin Olsen, along with The Bee's, for rejecting Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge and recognizing her obligation is to her local constituents and not to the Washington, D.C., special interests, although I would have thought that was obvious when she first ran two years ago.
I am a registered Democrat urging that you vote for Republican Jack Mobley for Assembly. I am a former primary candidate in this race.
I just heard the campaign ad "Racetrack Jack" for the first time. It claims Merced farmers have issues with 21st Assembly District candidate Jack Mobley because of his nod in favor of a racetrack years ago.
If President Barack Obama will not accept Donald Trump's offer of $5 million to Obama's favorite charity if Obama provides his college transcripts and passport records, Trump should make an offer to Mitt Romney for $5 million to charity if Romney will disclose, say, an additional 10 years of tax returns.
Thanks to local bipartisan support in 2008, then-State Senator Jeff Denham defeated a measure to recall him just because he would not vote for a state budget that would tax, borrow, spend and overregulate California into oblivion. Denham laid his public service aspirations on the line, and has since become a congressman.
Over the last year, women's issues have been the focus of some of the most aggressive legislative attacks in decades. Your vote can help to assure that the progress of women will not be deterred.
Are voters aware of the appallingly slick mailers and TV spots that only bad-mouth Democratic candidates without naming their GOP opponents?
If you like what has been coming out of Sacramento spending money we don't have on trains to nowhere and sending our water to Los Angeles then you will support the candidates The Bee endorsed for Senate District 5 and Assembly District 21.
It has come to the point where we can no longer trust what political candidates say they will do if elected. We need only look at the party these candidates are from to know who to vote for.
I'm tired of all the hypocrisy and lies I'm seeing from the media and the Democrats. I know Jeff Denham. He has a Latina wife and his children are half Latino. He supports the Latino community.
I'm voting for Jose Hernandez because he truly cares about the people in our valley.
Both Mitt Romney and President Obama believe in abortion and contraceptives. If you truly feel you should follow what you think the Catholic (Church) teaching is then you should not vote for either candidate.
I strongly disagree with the paper's endorsement of Virginia Madueño's re-election bid for Riverbank mayor. With the city's budget in tatters, it's naive of The Bee to support her because it thinks she means well.
Gun owner alert! Patterson Mayor Louis Molina belongs to a national group of mayors, founded by New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, called Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
This is the easiest election ever for Christian voters to select their candidates. Just read the official party platforms of the two major parties, and the choice becomes obvious.
A writer stated in a letter that no Catholic can vote for a candidate that supports "intrinsically evil acts."
The church's ethical principles are comprehensive and apply to all people. They are never intended to favor one party or candidate and should not be used in this manner.
The Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Association voted to endorse and support Jeff Denham in the 10th Congressional race. Denham's commitment to public safety and the community attracted our attention to this race prompting support by the association.
Just because one O'Brien is right for a leadership position that does not mean that another is. I have found Bill O'Brien to be friendly and receptive to residents' input while I have found just the opposite of Richard O'Brien.
I've had the pleasure of knowing Madueño personally and professionally for 13 years. I'm continually impressed with how she works endlessly on behalf of Riverbank's citizens.
I am excited to see Ramona Howard running for City Council in Oakdale. Ramona is energetic, smart and full of ideas.
History teaches us that some people are good leaders and some are just not cut out for the job. I would like the voters of Oakdale to consider the following.
Atwater's fiscal problems have been allowed to fester because of the City Council's failures.
Wish that I could characterize my experience as a business owner in Riverbank for 66 years as positive. Unfortunately, acquiring business permits is such a long, cumbersome process that the city seems anti-enterprise.
I encourage the citizens of Oakdale to vote for Ramona Howard for City Council. Ramona has been a business owner in Oakdale for many years and knows what it takes to bring businesses to Oakdale.
Please explain to me why I should trust Sacramento and the propositions to support schools? I remember when they said vote in the lottery and we won't have to ask for more money for schools.
Vote "no" on Proposition 37, and here is why. Genetics is nothing more than plant breeding.
As a high school teacher, I have experience with broken promises from Sacramento and unfunded mandates from the federal government.
First of all, has a temporary tax ever gone away? Remember the bridges! Second, I have the honor to be paying for a house that isn't worth what I paid for it, thanks to politicos like Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank, Maxine Waters and their mess.
I can't believe the American voter would want four more years of President Obama. His massive spending and the economic decline of our country cannot continue.
For those that think having a businessman in the White House will solve our economic problems, think of Harding, Bush II and Hoover.
I'm wondering when the Bee's inevitable endorsement of Barack Obama will appear? What will be the criteria used to support the endorsement? It can't possibly be on his accomplishments as president, as there are none.
I worked four years with Frank Bigelow through the California State Association of Counties. I was impressed with his humanity, caring attitude toward his constituents and understanding of the big picture.
Our president again displayed both his arrogance and ignorance in the third presidential debate.
To the person responsible for stealing the "No on 32" sign from my front lawn Sunday morning: I applaud your consistency.
This country is going to hell in a hand basket and the two leading politicians have spent $2 billion campaigning for a job that only pays $400,000 a year. This just don't sound right; they must be in it for the perks.
Who reading this doesn't want to see the political ads on TV vaporize now and forever?
After attending a recent debate between Jack Mobley and Adam Gray, it is apparent to me that Mobley should be elected to represent the 21st Assembly District.
The November ballot includes hotly contested propositions. The political rhetoric confuses, and propaganda misleads. As an educator, I know that Proposition 30 initiative is important. I ask for two things. One: inform yourself. Two: vote.
I would like to offer a concise response to The Bee's Oct. 29 editorial regarding Proposition 34
The letter "Prop. 32 ads are misleading" contains several misleading (and false) arguments in favor of Proposition 32.
I am a school employee who, together with many Californians, is worried about the growing influence of secretive super PACs in our elections.
California remained the No. 1 state in cash farm receipts in 2011, with $43.5 billion in revenue. The state accounted for 15 percent of national receipts for crops and more than 7 percent of the U.S. revenue for livestock and livestock products.
Are we going to allow the two largest contributors to the No on 37 campaign, Monsanto and Du Pont, convince us that we don't have a right to know what they're doing to our food?
I do not agree with the statement that Richard O'Brien is a leader. He does not, in my opinion, possess any qualities that make a leader.
Riverbank is at a crossroads. Do you want four more years of the poor leadership and a decline in our city's image?
Richard O'Brien a pleasant individual who supported Jesse James White along with the ousted city manager.
Beware of the big lies that come from right wingers in presidential elections. It is their all-too-common and despicable practice. They have no compunction about such acts and know there are many who are too lazy to fact-check.