Growing up in Knights Ferry, we supported local businesses. We seldom traveled beyond Oakdale to shop. Now, when I find myself shopping in Riverbank, I am a little sad and a little mad. I do celebrate Riverbank's transformation into a shopping mecca and well-maintained and attractive place to live.
That said, I have to ask, what happened to Oakdale? We once were the "little town that could." City leadership fell asleep at the switch in sustaining and energizing our business base. They opted for easy, short- term fixes at the expense of investments to support long-term stability. Pat Paul has the vision, enthusiasm, and energy to leverage Oakdale's potential — location, population and businesses. Let's elect Paul as mayor and get Oakdale on a forward-looking trajectory that will leverage our strengths and put our assets to work.
BOB AND MARILYN TAYLOR