Work from within
I’m often asked what the State Assembly does or why the Legislature matters. In fact, our lives are affected every day by decisions made in Sacramento. The “borrowing” of dollars from our governments, the inability to fashion a budget that reflects the values of our state and the bureaucratic burdens that impact the ability of businesses and schools to thrive all have grave consequences.
The 33rd Assembly District deserves to have a moderate voice within the majority party to push for common-sense governance. In the economically robust early years of the 21st century, the California Legislature failed to exercise restraint in its spending.
Instead, increased revenues led to increased expenditures with no planning for a rainy day and no paying down of debt. California must never make this same mistake.
Two-year budgeting, zero-based budget building, accountability and oversight of public expenditures and making tough decisions — all of these are required from within the majority party where my vote and my leadership will make a difference.
Our country and its governance is a partnership. Citizen participation is essential as both voters and as candidates for office. I believe in working from within our democratic system;
I hope you agree.
Candidate for the 33rd Assembly District
Golf and sailboats
Did Alan Martyn ever stop to think about the reason why “we have polo” and not a sewer, street lights and “a lot of other things” (“... we do have polo,” Aug. 27)?
Could it be because hardworking, taxpaying citizens choose to spend their extra money on horses and pursue a sport they enjoy on private land that is taxed (If the polo matches are played on public land, I am sure their tax money goes to support it)?
There are no politicians or voters or forums and debates getting in the way of the polo games. All of the other things that Martyn talks about would come under the government decision-making process and we have only to look to the “Great Los Osos Community Sewer Wars” to know how well that went.
I don’t think polo and “a lot of other things” have much to do with one another. There are golf courses and there are sailboats ...
Why the wait?
With all the coverage on Katrina the last few days, I must repeat what I said at that time. In the 1950s, my United States Air Force pilot husband and his fellow pilots flew hay to drop to cattle stranded in blizzards in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, etc. as soon as the aircraft could get off the ground.
Why couldn’t the Commander-in-Chief during Katrina see those poor, thirsty people (who we all saw on television) and direct the Air Force to drop bottles of water immediately instead of waiting four days?
There was nothing to keep the planes from taking off at that time. Was it because they were poor or black and not as important as cattle?
Sallie B. Jewell
I wonder if anybody noticed that as soon as Barack Obama became president, all of the “support our troops” magnets disappeared from the backs of cars.
I wonder why that is! Do those people only support the troops when a Republican president starts an illegal war and then stop caring about them anymore? It sure seems that way to me.
Questions for Waage
I’d like to comment on City Councilman Ed Waage’s Viewpoint on his support of Proposition 23 (“Boost economy by voting for Prop. 23,” Aug. 30).
Evidently, Waage believes that green technology and renewable energy is a good practice for him, given that he ends his diatribe bragging that he produces 95 percent of his own electricity. Bravo Waage!
So if renewable green energy is so important to you in your daily life, why are you backing a proposition that is funded by the oil industry?
Waage, why aren’t you burning more fossil fuels? After all, it creates jobs, right? Whose back pocket are you in?
Tracy Del Rio