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.”
On Oct. 24 every local law enforcement agency in the Sacramento area responded to the call of “an officer needs assistance.” A suspect had opened fire, fatally wounding an officer and was on a path of destruction while attempting to escape. The suspect was apprehended only after leaving a trail of despair.
I have lived in Turlock since 1980. I am a retired firefighter from the city of Turlock Fire Department, 1980-2008. The roads in Turlock have been going downhill for years. I live in an area that already pays a tax to maintain roads. The city knew of this road problem for years and did not save for today. Now they want taxpayers to pay for their lack of planning. Turlock’s lack of planning for road repair does not create an emergency for the taxpayer. Vote no on Measure "B"
Re “Kashkari ad shows he’s flailing in effort to unseat Brown” (Our View, Oct. 16): It is amazing that supposedly educated editorial writers at the Sacramento Bee could have written such a disgusting opinion piece about gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, which The Modesto Bee reprinted despite having never met the man.
Over my career I have spent a great deal of time trying to make the San Joaquin valley a better place for our families and communities. In that time I learned that we do best if we work and stand together when valley interests are at stake. They are at risk in next week’s election.
Just what are California State Assembly candidate Jack Mobley’s positions on the issues? His opponent, Assemblymember Adam Gray, has diligently worked for oil and gas energy independence, and for more water storage. At the same time, Gray is taking a vigorous stand against a 15-cent hidden gas tax hike. Also, he is exerting considerable muscle toward expanding correctional facilities, preventing early release of criminals. Mobley has remained all but silent regarding each of these matters. It could be said that Mobley’s campaign is suffering from a drought created by a lack of substance, and an overabundance of negative energy.
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.
It’s great to see some of our tax dollars being used on improvements in the city of Modesto, but after they resurfaced the section of Briggsmore Avenue from McHenry to College avenues, they just slurry sealed over the existing ruts created by big rigs. It seems worse now than before. I have, on several occasions, found myself correcting my vehicle because of it getting stuck in the ruts, and almost side-swiping the vehicle in the next lane. Instead of spending all the money on just resurfacing, they should have fixed the existing issues. Not to mention the $57,000 bike lane barrier screw up!
As a Turlock resident who currently works on a U.S. Department of Agriculture project in Afghanistan, I can appreciate Gary Soiseth’s contract work abroad. This mayoral election, however, should focus on local service and experience. Mike Brem has humbly served our city for the past 20 years. His qualifications demonstrate everything we should expect in a candidate: long term city resident, community leadership, strong agriculture background, and successful business owner. Though Soiseth has a promising future in politics, I put my trust in Mike Brem to lead Turlock.
Re “Economic inequality is a great concern, Yellen says” (Page A6, Oct. 18): After reading about the Olam plant reduction of over 150 workers and the relocation of American Medical Response from Salida to potentially overseas, I was relieved to find The Associated Press article in which Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen voiced concerns over income inequality in the United States.