A recent letter (“Top of the ninth, voters on deck,” Oct. 26) claimed that during this midterm election, if you favor Obama you would vote Democratic, while if you favor Reagan you will vote Republican. As for the Republican Party today, the current cast of fringe ideologues that masquerade as party leaders would not tolerate the “moderate” Great Communicator.
I seem to have missed articles in The Bee about Oregon’s “first lady” marrying an Ethiopian so he could stay in the USA; about voting machines in Cook County, Ill., and Maryland that change Republican votes to Democrats, and about the report that came out on Oct. 24 regarding the important issue of hundreds of non-citizens voting in recent past elections.
Love the headline, “MID will consider hiking rates for electricity” (Page B1, Oct. 29). Well consider it done. I’m so tired of MID feeling this is the only way to make ends meet. I worked for SMUD (electric company in Sacramento) for 23 years. They hardly ever raise their rates. First they freeze hiring, freeze salaries, don’t fill positions of employees that have left or retired, take away vacation days or Holidays. Then when they raise the rates on average of every 5-8 years it is like 1-2 percent. There is so much mismanagement at MID it isn’t even funny. Start “in house” for a few years instead of your answer being to raise rates all the time.
At its Oct 28 meeting, the Modesto City Council considered conducting an Urban Growth Plan review. I reminded the council that the Urban Residential Limit measure will be on the November, 2015, ballot and noted that nearby farmers are already tearing out fruit orchards to plant nut trees. Councilman Bill Zoslocki decried the planting of so many almond trees and the "attitude" that Modesto is becoming a bedroom community. He said Modesto was the only city forced to plan its growth by a “strange set of rules.” I have heard a member of the Chamber of Commerce complain that he was trying to bring a business to Modesto, but had to take them to Oakdale instead because that was the only place with 40 acres available. In truth, a single parcel of 100 acres exists at Yosemite Boulevard and Claus Road, less than 20 yards outside Modesto’s limits.
As I’ve spent nearly two years traveling from Tracy to Turlock and everywhere in between campaigning for Congress, I’ve talked with voters of both political parties about all types of issues. From jobs to water to education, I’ve spoken about how we can work toward common-sense solutions to improve our San Joaquin Valley.
When I became a pastor as a young man, I was prepared to minister to my congregants through all phases of their lives. I expected to spend my time welcoming new babies into the world, sharing biblical principles with thriving families, and ministering to our elders in their last days. I knew I would be called upon to offer comfort through hard times, illness and loss.
Proposition 47 is the one proposition on the ballot for which the Roman Catholic Bishops of California have taken a position of support. “The California Safe Neighborhoods Act” is a step forward in reforming the broken criminal justice system in our state.
Re “Dog attack revives horror” (Page B1, Oct. 19): I am disappointed with the recent articles in The Modesto Bee about the tragic death and injury of two people caused by a dog attack. I expect newspaper articles to inform through unbiased reporting.
Re “Brem's experience makes him best choice” (Letters, Oct. 14): We have to agree with one sentence from the demeaning letter written by a member of Mike Brem’s steering committee: “Rarely has there been such a clear-cut choice.” Contrary to what the writer tried to convey in his patronizing letter, that candidate is Gary Soiseth.
Marshall Tuck, candidate for California superintendent of Schools, has run an ad campaign that, while emotionally appealing, omits an important truth: his business model. Tuck’s corporate-funded campaign supports private, for-profit charter schools that are not accountable to local voters. He favors high-stakes testing, union-busting and the general privatization of what should be a public enterprise. It’s no wonder that eight of 10 teachers in Tuck’s Los Angeles area charter schools gave Tuck a resounding vote of “no confidence.”
Re “Law Enforcement in state less helpful to ICE” (Page A3, Oct. 18): Sheriff Adam Christianson was quoted saying: “Frankly, I think we’re releasing people into the community that shouldn’t be back in the community. Every time there’s a crime there’s a victim, and that victim deserves justice.”
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