Thursday, August 29, 2002
Unfortunately, Salinas is not a rich city, in spite of the wonderful surroundings. The Utility Tax is simply essential to keep what services we have now. Support maintaining essential services in Salinas for only pennies a day. On Election Day, please vote "No" on Measure O. Save Our Services, Save Our Salinas!
Anti-Largesse and Anti-Flab
Ms. Lyons'' recent article and Ms. Cercone''s recent letter on the Salinas Utility Tax Relief Initiative focused on an ad hominem effort to belittle its author, Mark Dierolf. The article and Ms. Cercone''s letter were fraught with factual errors. The article and letter were more revealing of the authors'' political agendas than they were disparaging of Mr. Dierolf or informative as to the merits of the Utility Tax Relief Initiative.
The factual errors about Mr. Dierolf and the personal attacks upon his integrity call for an apology. Certainly such mudslinging fails to address the merits of the Salinas Utility Tax Relief Initiative which he backs and indicates a lack of substance to Ms. Lyons'' and Ms. Cercone''s position on the issue.
Mr. Dierolf''s genuine dedication to eliminating government largesse, eradicating financial mismanagement and cutting administrative flab speaks forcefully as a qualification for political office. Certainly Salinas voters have repeatedly expressed this sentiment as to Mr. Dierolf.
As for the Utility Tax Relief Initiative, like most tax relief measures, it leaves it up to the voters to decide whether there is flab and leaves it up to elected officials to decide where to trim. The utility tax relief measure proposes to cut the over $100 million dollars Salinas officials manage annually by about eight percent. Although I am generally inclined to agree politically more with Ms. Lyons, in the case of the City of Salinas, I side with Mr. Dierolf. His measure is a healthy trim of excess flab.
When I "Think Obbink" ["A Call for Calm, Aug. 22-28], I wonder how a newcomer to town with so little knowledge and experience can be qualified to be a City Councilmember. What I do know is about Obbink''s unabashed support for a 7,000-square-foot, $3 million new golf clubhouse that the City neither needs nor should be spending this kind of money on. When I "Think Obbink," I think NOT.
MAX KELLY/PACIFIC GROVE
Don Nucci, quoted in last week''s article "Where Did the Love Go?," sits on the Board of Directors of Common Ground. He is not a member of the Farm Bureau Board.
The photo of a stringed instrument that appeared on page 21 in the August 15-21 issue was taken by Lucinda Ellison, who makes and sells mbiras through her Web site harmonicjourney.com.