Prop. 1 benefits agriculture, as it should
Re, “Prop. 1 adds big debt for little new water” (Opinions, Sept. 17): Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla says we should vote no on the water bonds this November because they’d benefit agriculture. I believe most readers of The Modesto Bee know that the well-being of our community – and all the rest of the Central Valley – depends on a healthy agricultural economy, which requires water. In addition to helping farm families and protecting the thousands of jobs that farming supports, Proposition 1 would make funding available for the isolated and disadvantaged communities in our area that don’t have the financial resources to upgrade their water supply and wastewater treatment systems. Meeting those special needs is an important issue for public health and simple fairness.
Regina Costa, Modesto
Eggman is a good alternative to Denham
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A lifelong Modesto resident, I’ve always been optimistic about our future. That optimism drove me to run as the 1982 Republican nominee for state Assembly and serve 12 years on Modesto City Schools board. In those days, Republicans and Democrats worked together to get things done and our campaigns weren’t flush with special-interest cash.
Current Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, puts his party and his campaign donors before the people he purportedly represents. On women’s issues, Denham sided with extremists in his party when he refused to consider legislation that would end pay discrimination and help ensure that women get equal pay for equal work. Denham also took thousands of dollars from insurance companies before voting to let them charge women more for health insurance than men, and even voted to allow hospitals to deny lifesaving care for women (HR 358, Vote 788, Oct. 13, 2011).
This November we have an excellent alternative in Michael Eggman. I know Michael and believe he will be the independent voice we need to represent us, not just his party or special interests. Michael is a devoted husband and father of two daughters who will work for women, not insurance companies. I encourage my fellow voters, especially women, of all political parties to join me in electing Michael Eggman.
Kate Nyegaard, Modesto
Some bees do, others just buzz
Buzzy beekeeper-candidate for Congress Michael Eggman seems rather obsessed with defeating fiscal conservative Jeff Denham. The congressman is popularly known for his solid public service record and willingness to work for bipartisan solutions on issues such as energy independence, water storage, border security, immigration reform and growing the economy and jobs. Eggman continues to use buzzy bad campaign tactics to try to strategically sting Rep. Denham up and out of his seat. It would be wise for Eggman to chill while considering lessons to be learned from studying his bees.
Bees are not into toeing the party line. They gather pollen from flowers growing on both Democratic and Republican properties. This makes his honeymaking bees bipartisan.
Unlike divisive Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi, bees know that it is good policy to not pass roses and flowery-sounding legislative bills before looking to see what is in them. Be more of a Denham “Do Bee” and not an Eggman/Pelosi “Don’t Bee.”
Bernadette L. Vierra, Modesto
Attack ads sour him on Denham
After seeing Jeff Denham’s latest attack ads, smearing Congressional candidate Michael Eggman on water, I was glad to see your paper feature Eggman’s thoughtful response on water. We need a bipartisan, solutions-oriented leader – and real farmer – like Eggman to work with both sides to keep our Valley economy afloat (no pun intended). We need fewer self-interested politicians like Jeff Denham launching ludicrous attacks on a farmer who has never held political office.
I read recently that Eggman has challenged Denham to a number of debates and Denham has refused all of them. After seeing Denham’s latest attack ads, it is clear why; our water isn’t the only thing dried up. So are Jeff Denham’s ideas.
Dale Hubert, Patterson
Editor’s note: Denham and Eggman sat with The Bee’s editorial board for a candidate forum on Wednesday. A video of that forum is available on Modbee.com.