Candidates who deserve support
I endorse Eduardo Martinez and Marilyn Langlois for Richmond City Council.
Martinez is a former teacher, NAACP member, and chairman of the Richmond chapter of the Mexican-American Political Association. He has been active in counseling youths on drugs, alcohol and gang activities, which are the main problems in Richmond.
Langlois is a founding member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, a former assistant to Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, a longtime community advocate, and is active in environmental and civil rights issues in Richmond.
Both candidates are extremely intelligent and have been fighting for the residents affected by the Aug. 6 Chevron refinery fire.
These candidates deserve our support and our votes.
Richmond Ozenberger was the former political action chairman of the Richmond chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality for nine years.
Vote yes to make Richmond better
Do you remember what it was like to have a community? When neighbors knew one another and people took care of their own?
By the time I was a kid, that no longer existed. I learned more about life from television and movies than from anywhere else.
I thought junk food and 64-ounce Big Gulps were just part of life. I was an unsuspecting consumer in a matrix of endless lines of people trying to sell me a lifestyle that is driving us right off a cliff. They laugh and count the dollars all the way down.
Thankfully, I've since learned what it is like to have a community: a place where neighbors get together to talk about what's important and how best to take care of their own.
We have the opportunity to take a stand against the corporations and their political puppets profiting off our communities and kids. We can discourage unhealthy consumption and actually do something to set our own course to a better Richmond.
Vote yes on Measure N.
Depleted budget part of Benghazi cover-up
For anyone who would buy the story about funding cutbacks causing the Benghazi disgrace, I have a Chevy Volt.
Two Volts and a charging station were sent to the embassy in Vienna out of the same depleted funds. This excuse is one of the desperation lies issued by the White House as part of the cover up. If funds really weren't available, you don't send our ambassador 200 miles from the embassy in Tripoli to an unmanned consulate in a known unsafe area on Sept 11th of all days. He didn't just go on his own idea, as his diary showed.
Need to fix notification for the death of voters
My brother passed away July 10. His death certificate was received and recorded by the county in Martinez in the same building as the elections office. 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 election 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 election 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.
Study information before you vote
In the weeks ahead, the airwaves of radio and television will be bombarded with special-interest ads advocating for this or that proposition or this or that candidate.
There is a very simple but highly effective way to stop all of them dead in their tracks. In fact, most of the political ads are nothing more than distortions, half truths and outright lies, seeking to confuse, misinform and divide the electorate.
My solution is the mute button on the remote control. I do not listen to any of the ads. The more I am bathed in silence, the longer the mute button stays pressed.
So, how do I determine for what and for whom I vote? I read the Official Voter Information Guide sent by the secretary of state; read my local newspaper; listen to PBS stations; and go to the League of Women Voters website: www.lwv.org.
Our deadline for receiving Election Day-related letters is Oct. 26. The last day Election Day-related letters will be published is Nov. 2. As of Monday, Oct. 22, we will only publish letters that support candidates.