Regarding Bob Cuddy’s most recent article, “Waage fliers drag down the campaign.”
Sorry, Tribune, but you can’t have it both ways. Bob Cuddy has just stated that, “Candidates who resort to name-calling, in my experience, usually do so because they don’t have much else going for them.”
The Tribune is supporting Jim Patterson in his race for 5th District supervisor. Apparently The Tribune hasn’t seen many of Mr. Patterson’s fliers as every one I’ve received in the mail is very derogatory toward Debbie Arnold. One in particular did nothing but show a check list of skills that Jim thinks he has. In the column for Debbie Arnold, showing the same skills, Jim checked “No” in every box. No one can live to be our age and not have at least some of those skills.
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Many of his fliers are done in a tone that says “name-calling” is exactly what his intentions are.
So does that mean The Tribune is supporting a name-caller who has little else to show for his abilities?
Debbie has been around for a long time and knows a lot more than Jim or The Tribune are giving her credit for. It’s all just dirty politics as usual.
As a new resident of Morro Bay, I was disheartened by the negative tone of Dan Glessman’s letter to the editor (May 14).
Dan Glessman is not a “regular” citizen, but is, instead, a member of the inner circle of the Joan Solu and Carla Borchard campaigns. He should have identified himself as such.
This tactic reminds me of the attacks on mayoral candidate Betty Winholtz from the last election; I was new to town then, but I “smelled a rat” at the endorsement of Mayor Bill Yates over Winholtz in what looked like a regular community publication, but was not.
That publication also did not identify itself as an instrument of a candidate. Is this negative and deliberately misleading stuff becoming a habit?
Pointing things out
I guess the idea is, when you can’t think of anything controversial, make something up. (“Draw in the tourists,” letters, May 14).
Dan Glesmann implies that the opponents of Joan Solu and Carla Borchard want to unincorporate Morro Bay and farm out public safety to the county. When was that ever discussed at a forum, printed in candidate literature, or reported in a newspaper?
Glesmann claims “environmental lobbying has succeeded in diminishing revenue from the power plant.” How? The plant owners were granted a permit; they chose not to pursue building. One of the candidates Glesmann opposes works for the power plant!
Glesmann claims that “environmental lobbying has succeeded in diminishing revenue from ... the fishing industry to a trickle.” Don’t tell Jeremiah O’Brien of the Morro Bay Commercial Fisherman’s Association. He’s been telling everybody they couldn’t be happier with the current state of the fishery.
Finally, Glesmann states, “ ‘Embarcadero interest vs. the rest of the city’ tactic is a direct attack on tourism.” The attack on tourism is the current council’s policy of throwing all support for tourism to the Embarcadero and starving the rest of the city, not in pointing out that unhappy fact.
Let’s point out candidates’ records and require them to defend their positions. Let’s not put words in their mouths with made-up positions designed to mislead the voter.
Thanks to you folks
May 12 was the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. Thanks to Morro Bay residents, Morro Bay carriers delivered more than 3,000 pounds of food to the Morro Bay unit of the Salvation Army.
On behalf of volunteers and the people in need in this area, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Morro Bay folks who, in spite of the dismal economy, recognized the need and gave so generously! This is a very special community.
Flag lesson needed
Memorial Day tribute services are coming up this weekend around the county. As attending public, adults and children alike, we should know how to honor our flag and those who have served this country. Military veterans have this drilled into them at boot camp, but those of us without military training may need a brush-up.
Would one of our citizens, knowledgeable of the correct military and civilian protocol, step forward and inform us all, please? My Navy vet hubby always removed his ballcap and placed it over his heart during the color guard and any prayer offered.
A sincere thank you to all who have served our country in the armed services.