Don’t bring Lopez to the board
I’m appalled that The Bee is supporting Dave Lopez for Stanislaus County supervisor. For all the years he has served the public, is there nothing else you can use to put a shadow on his record besides the West Park Plan? You mention in the comparison, that Dick Monteith will be 86 years old when this term is over. Well, doesn’t this allude to age discrimination? Dick has said time and time again he feels the people living in Wood Colony and Salida should be the ones deciding on their future. Dave Lopez has voted on both sides of the issue. When he thought it would be to his advantage, he voted against Wood Colony. Then when he felt it would be to his political benefit, he switched sides. We certainly do not need people like this on the Board of Supervisors. We have enough discontent on the Modesto City Council. It certainly doesn’t need to spread to the board. Join me in voting for Dick Monteith.
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Bee endorsement a slap in the face
The reasoning you gave for your endorsement of Dave Lopez over Supervisor Dick Monteith was a blatant slap in the face to those who are not only part of “the greatest generation” but especially to those who have worn this nation’s uniform in service to our country, as Monteith did. To call into question Monteith’s age is akin to telling every voter in this age group that their opinions, ideas, experience and lifetime commitments to our community no longer matter. Monteith’s record is one of common-sense fiscal prudence during tough economic times and he is more than qualified to continue serving.
I remind loyal readers of The Bee that while Lopez was busy patting himself on the back for exposing the SCAP scandal, he forgot to mention the entire fiasco boiled over on his watch. We need a leader on the Board of Supervisors, not someone who governs by hindsight. It would be irresponsible to give Lopez the keys to the county after he failed at his job with the city.
Lopez’s sign says it all
Why not “We & Dave?” I’ve noticed a new political sign pop up around town that simply reads, “Dave & Us.” I guess we are all supposed to know that the referenced “Dave” is Modesto City Councilman Dave Lopez. I can’t tell you two things about Lopez or his politics, but the language he uses in his sign is indicative of what is wrong with most politicians today – that too often they put themselves and their interests before that of their constituents even though they know it’s dead wrong to do so.
Withrow understands water issues
Terry Withrow is highly qualified to be re-elected to the position of county supervisor. My continuing personal concern is that farmland be preserved for future generations and that water be available to allow that farmland to continue to produce food far into the future. Terry is a farmer and has been very active in the advisory committee set up to try to address the major water problems associated with the ongoing drought. Without doubt, Terry should be re-elected. Please vote for Terry and urge your friends to do the same. He is, by far, the best candidate.