Please get up and vote; it’s important
I’m begging you all to vote in the upcoming election. Put down your smartphone, your iPad or laptop and spend some time studying the propositions as well as the people running for office. Please don’t vote a party line. Understand the candidates running. Vote for the person who you think will be best for the country, state, county, school district – not for what benefits you, but for what benefits the country. Don’t just vote for a familiar name. Please take the time to know who or what you are voting for. This could very well be the most important vote you will ever make in your lifetime.
Hans Roth, Murphys
Don’t fall for Republican propaganda
I was surprised by the responses to my previous letter, “Fewer Republicans, better government” (Aug. 17). Most of the responses focused on the idea that Democrats raise taxes and are fiscally irresponsible. This is Republican propaganda with no basis in fact, as is the Republican claim of fiscal responsibility. Over the last 30-some years, when Republicans had control, the federal government ran huge deficits as they cut taxes, but did not curb spending. This happened under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Under President Bill Clinton, taxes were raised, strong economic growth ensued and federal spending was managed to begin reducing the deficit.
President Barack Obama is running deficits, but that is the result of the previous Republican administration allowing banks to drive the world into the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. Such a crisis requires deficit spending by the federal government to allow the economy to get back on sound footing.
If you want a more responsible government, remove Rep. Jeff Denham from Congress by voting for Democrat Michael Eggman for the 10th congressional district.
Daniel Brown, Modesto
Brem best choice for Turlock mayor
Gary Soiseth is a really nice young man, but he has very little experience or involvement with the city of Turlock and only recently became a resident. Mike Brem has been a resident for over 20 years. He is a proven business leader, as the president of a very successful local business with over 100 employees. He has served in leadership roles with the chamber of commerce, is a longtime member and past president of Rotary Club of Turlock, and has been a member of the city’s planning commission for many years. Brem is familiar with Turlock’s unique needs and resources. He is highly respected for his intelligence, candor, integrity, people skills, civic involvement and proven leadership. He is exceptionally well qualified to be Turlock’s mayor.
Bob Stammerjohan, Turlock
Help seniors by supporting Measure Y
I am asking family, friends, neighbors and all residents of Oakdale to vote “yes” on Measure Y. In 2011, Oakdale passed Measure O, increasing the sales tax by a half-cent. Measure Y merely extends that sales tax a few more years. It is not an additional tax.
I volunteer (with Senior Outreach) and see the importance of Measure Y. Senior citizens are targeted by scam artists and are abused, and the majority are alone. They should be reassured that when they call for help that police or fire will be there to save the day.
Money from Measure O funds almost 20 percent of the city’s budget. Without these funds, the city will have to consider bankruptcy and without question the Senior Community Center will close.
A few months back, when every other streetlight in my neighborhood was shut off, I refused to go outside for evening walks. Senior citizens complained about the homeless lurking in the shadows. I want to know that my city is well-staffed with police officers and fire personnel to handle any situation and that all streetlights will be on.
While the economy is slowly improving and property tax revenues are up slightly, we still are very dependent on sales tax revenue. It is imperative the voters of Oakdale vote “yes” on Measure Y. Join me and the many senior citizens who are supporting Measure Y.
Lupe Aguilera, Oakdale