Deceased brother gets ballot

Dear Editor:

My brother passed away July 10 of this year. His death certificate was received and recorded in Martinez. Also, in the same building is the Contra Costa Elections Division. To my surprise, when my husband and I received our voting ballots, we also received my brother's. Being the honest person that I am, I immediately contacted the elections department. I was told that it is up to the family to have the deceased's name removed from the books. It is not automatic.

Wouldn't it make sense for the county (in the same building) to contact the elections department to remove his name? A simple program, with a simple click of a key to remove the persons name off the books? And you wonder why there is voter fraud going on all over the country. Conscientious voters are not informed about these rules, and changes need to be made within the voting system. Our elected officials need to be made aware of this problem. The solution is simple: Let's fix it before more dead people vote. This is totally unfair to our system.

Cathy Nelson

Antioch

Who decides on validity of ballots?

Dear Editor:


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With the ever-increasing number of people voting by mail, I'm curious to learn who is the person (s) at the Contra Costa County Elections Division who decides if a signature for example is valid or not valid, and exactly when does this review take place and ballots actually counted. Specifically: Are ballots considered valid and counted when received or all at once on or after election day? If a signature is deemed invalid, is there any kind of follow up to notify the person that their vote was not counted and why. And do we keep records of how many ballots are rejected, for whatever reason, for each election?

Bill Behan

Brentwood

Time to make your vote count

Dear Editor:

The time has come once again to go out to the polls and choose our representatives. As responsible citizens it is our duty to go out and express our opinion.

We have to make decisions that will help us in the long term, and not just in the short term. As citizens, we have to come together and express our opinion by voting. By casting our vote, we are showing that we care about this country, and who will be in command for the next four years.

If we do not vote, we are losing an opportunity to show that our voice and opinion counts. We, as a nation, need to show that we are in control of who we want to be in charge to make all the decisions that best help us as fellow citizens. It is in our power to choose who is in better fit to take charge and help this nation get back up and shine once again like it has shined in past years. We should not take for granted this right to choose our next president -- the person who can rebuild our nation once again.

Susana Gonzales

Brentwood

Where are the commuter buses?

Dear Editor:

Every day, Highway 4 grinds to a halt. But there are no buses to be seen.

The highway is filled with single occupant drivers -- but no buses. I have taken in the 380 from the Hillcrest Park and Ride, but it's inconvenient running every 20 to 30 minutes during commute hours. In fact, there are only five buses between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. At most, capable of taking 250 cars off the road.

Most other major metropolitan areas have frequent, reliable bus service. Why can't we?

Have any of our leaders studied this problem?

There are at least 2,000 parking spots in the Pittsburg BART station.

Forty bus trips during commute area would be enough to service all those cars. Twenty would get at least half and make a dent in the traffic.

Any chance we can get a fleet of buses to run every 5-10 minutes from Hillcrest Park and Ride during commute hours? If you ever drive past the Tri Delta headquarters, it looks like there are a lot of buses parked there.

Consider pressing the yellow school buses into service.

Mike Kean

Antioch

Vote 'yes' on Measure B

Dear Editor:

I am reading that people continue to feel that we should not invest in our community and our future. To them I say bologna. All we need to do is look to our neighbor to the west to see what investing in a community and our schools can do. Those who have lived in the area for anything over 30 years can remember the old Pittsburg and old Antioch, but in this "Tale of Two Cities," one invested and one has not.

As I have said in past letters, I am a graduate of Antioch High School. Yes, it was located on D Street when I graduated in the late 1940s and yes, there may be gray in this Panther, but I am still a Panther through and through.

When I attend Antioch High School in the old Antioch days, we were proud of our school and the generations before made it possible for me to have a school that met my educational needs. My children graduated from Antioch High School in the 1960s and 1970s. When my children attended, they were proud of their school and I was proud to do my part to be sure they had a school that met their educational needs.

I will now be able to vote yes on Measure B and give future generations the same benefit I and my children enjoyed, and still have pride in. After 58 years, it is time to give our children an Antioch High School that can continue a proud tradition and meet their educational needs for years to come. This investment in our children will create the double benefit. It will also give our city the economic boost needed.

After living in Antioch for over eighty years, I am proud the school board chose to put Measure B to the voters. This type of investment in Antioch High School is also an investment in the Antioch of the future. With your yes vote, we can write a tale of a city that finally woke up.

Georgine Shunk

Antioch

Support Karl Wandry

Dear Editor:

This November I will be supporting the re-election of Karl Wandry to represent Eastern Contra Costa County as a board member for Division 5 of the Contra Costa Water District. I encourage residents of East Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood to support him also.

Water issues in California are complicated and knowing Karl for as long as I have, he has the professional and political experience in water issues needed to protect our needs and further represent our communities locally and on a statewide basis.

Since appointed to the CCWD board in 2003, he has proactively represented his division and supported projects to ensure safe and reliable water service, while keeping costs under control. I have seen CCWD wisely invest in its infrastructure while Karl has been on the board. At the same time, under the watchful eye of the board, they have managed to keep water rate adjustments below the rate of inflation, even during our most recent drought.

Please join me in re-electing Karl Wandry to the CCWD board of directors.

Sharon Burris

Antioch

Oakley's future is at stake

Dear Editor:

It is important that our city leaders keep a positive attitude and work hard to help our businesses remain here. That is exactly what our mayor has been doing. His nickname has become "Mayor Everywhere."

He spends every spare minute calling on the businesses here, finding out if there is any way the city might help them. Not always easy in this economy and the restrictions that have been placed on this young city. Kevin is working in a collaborative with Pittsburg, Antioch and Brentwood to bring jobs to East County. He is also out there painting fences, cleaning up areas such as Marsh Creek, welcoming new businesses to town, etc. Kevin and the city staff, with the help of the East County Military Families, put on our first beautiful Memorial Day service in our city park to honor military personnel. It would be great if every candidate for city council were to get out there and speak positively about what we are doing -- we're out there helping to improve our city by putting in constructive hours around town. I go to city council meetings and except for very recently, I have not seen but one or two of the candidates at those meetings.

So let's stop the negativity. Kevin Romick has always stayed involved in helping around the city, even when he wasn't being the mayor. I for one find his efforts worth my vote.

Shirley Darling

Oakley

Vote yes on Measure B

Dear Editor:

I am a lifelong Antioch resident, and a 1974 graduate of Antioch High School. For all voters in the Antioch Unified School District, please support and vote yes on Measure B. The bond will allow the district to renovate and modernize Antioch High, which was built in 1954. It has never had any major repairs done to it.

Our future students, teachers and staff deserve to be in new buildings with modern and up-to-date technology, as we have long outgrown the old 58-year-old high school.

Again, we need your help. So on Nov. 6, vote yes on Measure B to support the modernization of Antioch High School!

Eddie Beaudin

Antioch

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