Stop the robo-calls
I applaud The Tribune for exposing the Ed Waage campaign’s failure to focus on issues as opposed to riding the “prank phone call” horse into the ground. Now can you please expose the Debbie Arnold campaign’s misleading robo-calls, which seek to distort Jim Patterson’s record?
I recently received a robo-call paid for by the Arnold campaign from Kay Mercer, who identified herself as a “water quality expert” and then stated that the Sierra Club had “declined to endorse” Jim Patterson. The insinuation was that Patterson was somehow not concerned about water quality issues, and the pitch for Arnold made immediately after these statements was meant to suggest that Arnold’s water and/or environmental policies would be better than Patterson’s.
What wasn’t disclosed was that the “decline to endorse” statement by the local Sierra Club chapter had nothing to do with water quality issues and everything to do with Patterson’s allowing the (job-creating) Carrizo Plains solar project to move forward.
To insinuate that Patterson’s environmental record is not strong, and that Arnold is somehow an advocate for stronger water and environmental protections, is misleading in the extreme. I hope The Tribune will call on the Arnold campaign to stop these misleading robo-calls.
Sending a message
Ed Waage doesn’t care who gets the credit, as long as the right decisions are made. This is in stark contrast to the status quo, not just in our county, but throughout the nation. This election cycle, I want to send a strong message that we want elected officials who work for us and that nice guys don’t finish last. Ed Waage is the strong, balanced, honest person we need for supervisor.
Before we go on any further about Debbie Arnold’s use of the APCD executive director’s salary as ammo against opponent Jim Patterson, (“Air district chief hit by political whirlwind in supervisory campaign,” May 15), Mayor Jan Marx and others should do some fact checking and educate themselves.
Throughout her campaign, Debbie has referred to the fact that Jim Patterson approved a raise for the APCD executive director position.
To accuse Debbie Arnold of conspiring with others on the APCD board and violating the Brown Act is absurd and demonstrates a complete lack of respect for the truth.
This is a lame attempt to spin the facts and make Debbie seem like the culprit when the real issue here is that Jim Patterson approved an outrageous salary hike in the middle of a fiscal crisis here in SLO.
Mayor Jan Marx would like us to question Debbie Arnold’s integrity, when in reality we should be questioning Mayor Marx’s presumption that a public employee’s salary should be hidden from the taxpayers who fund it. Let’s give these games a rest and restore some integrity in SLO County on June 5 by electing Debbie Arnold for county supervisor.
Jo Ann Switzer
Prop. 29 a lifesaver
Proposition 29 hits home for many people. Some are teen cancer survivors like myself, others still amid treatment, fighting hard for that day they’re declared survivors. Cancer. We’re talking cancer. Many health organizations are urging voters to support this smart, practical initiative.
Proposition 29 places a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes, with approximately $441 million annually going to support cancer research. Many think that this will lead to increased tobacco smuggling, when in fact approximately 3 percent of the money will go to the enforcement of tobacco laws. In addition, California is historically “lagging” in the increase of tobacco tax as compared to other states.
Big Tobacco, spending tens of millions in an attempt to deter voters, are saying that the initiative is “flawed and poorly drafted.” However, the proposition carefully allocates percentages of money to research, research facilities, tobacco cessation, law enforcement and accountability (with no more than 2 percent going to administration expenses).
Aside from political statistics and facts, Proposition 29 will, in short, save lives. I want those who come down the cancer path behind me to have that much more of a chance to be cured and go on to lead happy, healthy lives, or simply not develop cancer. Please vote YES on Prop 29.
Focus on record
In recent literature I received from Mr. Ed Waage’s campaign, Supervisor Adam Hill was portrayed as disrespectful and arrogant toward his constituents. I have been to a number of gatherings where Mr. Hill was present and a speaker, and I never witnessed such behavior. In fact, I saw just the opposite, even when provoked by rude audience members.
But I think voters should not be focused on such issues: Rather, when they go to the polls, voters should focus on Adam Hill’s record. San Luis Obispo County is among the most fiscally sound in the state. Mr. Hill has worked to bring new business into the county and to retain those that are here. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the homeless and voiceless. I think he deserves to be re-elected.
Mary Beth Armstrong
Fire station a reality
Thanks to Jim Patterson, our 5th District supervisor, the fully manned Creston Fire Station is now a reality. Creston-area residents can take pride in the prominent state-of-the-art structure for which Jim Patterson encouraged and received community involvement.
I am proud to acknowledge his continued loyal support for all our community endeavors.