Thursday, April 2, 1998
Regarding your "Best Of Monterey County" poll: You had a "Best Pharmacy" category, but where is your "Best Alternative (or Complementary) Medicine store?" By declining to provide such a category, you are contributing to the ignorance, prevalent in many, of options to the pharmaceutical companies in curing ailments.
R. P. WITHROW
After reading your March 19-25 issue, which included the "Best Of Monterey County," it seems most of the winners were businesses that do advertising in your weekly! This is not to say that these businesses don't provide a good product or service, but it does look a little odd. Kind of self- serving, isn't it?
I enjoy your "Best Of" issue (March 19), but have a couple of questions/suggestions.
1. I'm not sure if I saw it in Coast Weekly but there used to be categories like best "hairdresser," and "house cleaners" ("carpet cleaners" and "window cleaners" would be helpful, too). I don't know if you used to do these and discontinued, but it would be great to do more categories.
2. Also, it would be good to do an issue of "Best Of" in Salinas, since most of your "Best Ofs" are in the immediate Monterey area. There is life outside of Monterey, and we are not all going to be traipsing over to Monterey.
Judy, Judy, Judy
Re: Gary Karnes' letter (March 19): Judy Pennycook is the "darling of the land-use lawyers and their big-time developer clients," Mr. Gary Karnes blithely opines in his March 19 letter to the editor.
Well, he's wrong! Supervisor Pennycook voted against Rancho Chualar II, according to The Squid and the record.
All In A Day's Work
Certainly, Kurt Hunter is writer Gary Karnes' candidate for District 2 Supervisor (March 19). After all, it wouldn't be logical for Hunter's paid campaign manager to be supporting anyone else, would it? Candidate Hunter must hope his district-wide support extends behind his campaign manager's vote!
Mr. Karnes accuses incumbent Judy Pennycook of being a captive of greedy developers and their land-use attorneys. Karnes ought to speak to Priske-Jones, the Los Angeles-area developer that wants to turn prime agricultural land in Chualar into new houses. Judy Pennycook was one of only two Supervisors to vote against the developer's Rancho Chualar II scheme. In fact, she was the only supervisor to go to Chualar and discuss the issue with the residents there. Where was Mr. Karnes' employer, Kurt Hunter?
Where was Kurt Hunter when residents of North County were confronting developers over the Moro Cojo housing project? I know that Judy Pennycook was leading the fight to stop that ill-advised development proposal.
Talk is cheap. Kurt Hunter talks. Judy Pennycook acts! That's why Judy Pennycook deserves to be re-elected District 2 Supervisor on June 2.
Herald, Heal Thyself
Our community cares, and deeply so, about the progress of negotiations between the Herald publishers and the newspaper unions. What news medium is closer to this than the Herald itself? And yet we readers search the Herald in vain for news of the contract talks. We now must rely on Coast Weekly and other sources for coverage of the Herald's own story. What issues are in contention? Are the parties moving closer to agreement? If not, why not? Our community needs a good daily paper. A sharp decline in employee morale and newspaper quality is manifest at and in the Herald. Surely, the Herald is morally bound to resolve this matter in a way satisfactory to everyone and to keep us informed. After all, the interests of not two but three parties are seeking harmony at the negotiating table: those of Herald management; those of the newspaper unions, and those of the general public-ours.
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