Re-elect Murray and Swearingen

The great burden of guiding any city through these difficult fiscal times is, at best, a daunting task.

The changing needs created by a plunging economy and crony-laden, poor decision-making of previous Pinole councils, three of whom were removed, has been met in a focused proactive way by the post recall councils.

Peter Murray and Roy Swearingen are now running for re-election to carry on their fine work and accomplishments. The support of newspapers is always welcome but only public recognition, with votes, will continue the direction Pinole has charted to weather these critical times. Comparisons to other cities in the area truly show the fruits of their capable and dedicated work.

Murray and Swearingen are knowledgeable, honest and committed public servants. That in itself is a rare and valuable asset for our city, and has allowed greater harmony and participation of city staff and all public workers in Pinole.

For these reasons, I support Murray and Swearingen for re-election.

Joel Gannotti

Pinole

Everyone should practice tolerance

In a recent letter titled, "Will leaders ever stop pandering to Islam?" Edward Zawatson concludes, "No religion deserves preferential treatment. Tolerance is a two-way street."


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However, the tone of his letter does not demonstrate tolerance. He stated, "Our alleged Christian president has not ... expressed outrage and indignation regarding how Christians are being treated in most of the Islamic world."

Does Zawatson not care for how Christians and Muslims are being treated in occupied Palestine (Gaza, West Bank, East Jerusalem, Israel)?

I have Christian neighbors born in Palestine who own property there but are unable to return to their homes. When will the refugees, forced into camps since 1947, be able to return to their homes? Is the author not critical of Knesset Member Michael Ben-Ari when he tore up the New Testament on July 18, saying "This book and those who sent it belong in the garbage can of history."

Toleration needs to be practiced by everyone in this world.

Doug Sibley

Martinez

Death records are checked by county

A recent letter questioned our procedures for taking deceased voters off voter rolls. The author expressed frustration because she was told it was up to the family to notify us. In addition, the author expressed concern about potential voter fraud.

When a death is recorded with the Department of Health, those records are sent to the county recorder. Once a month, we run them against our voter file and our file is run monthly by the secretary of state against Social Security death records.

We prepared our vote-by-mail list Sept. 7. While the death took place on July 10, we were notified on Sept. 14. That voter's record was flagged Sept. 19 and had someone tried to vote that ballot, it would have been rejected.

When called with information about a death, we state: "We will receive official notice, but that takes some time for that process. We would appreciate receiving a written statement signed by a family member telling us of the death."

It is a felony to vote someone else's ballot.

Steve Weir

Contra Costa County registrar of voters