Thursday, September 30, 2004
We Sing Like the Eight Angels We Are (Not Like the Developers We Cruise With)
Squid got it wrong, again! When reporting on the recent relaxing cruise my husband, Marina City Council candidate Gary Wilmot, and our friends took, Squid’s sources obviously couldn’t count, because there were eight of us singing in 8-part harmony. Alaska is a great place to cruise and I recommend it to anyone, especially to rest up before a political campaign. The mollusk can almost always find these same people having lunch together weekly at the Marina Rotary Club.
If he (sic) looks, he (sic) can find us together almost every month volunteering at the Monterey County Food Bank. Occasionally, Squid could find us volunteering at the Marina Food Pantry and community events. If the sneaky cephalopod wants to catch us together in the future, he (sic) should attend the Sixth Annual Marina Air Faire at the Marina Municipal Airport on October 16th,
co-sponsored by the Marina Rotary Club. We will be working together to provide a great regional event for the community’s enjoyment and raising funds for youth activities in Marina. The hours are 10am till 4pm and admittance and parking are free. Even if Squid can’t attend, I invite all of the Weekly readers to enjoy the day with us.
Jackie Gonzales | Marina
Developers and Politicians Should Be Friends
The mayoral race in Marina amazes me. Candidate Delgado expresses concern over Mayor Ila Mettee-McCutchon’s friendship with the local representative of the developer of Marina Heights. By insinuation, he is trying to say that the developer is getting preferred treatment.
Mayor Ila is quite open that she is friends with a number of fellow Marina Rotarians, at least four of whom are involved with development and construction to improve Marina. She and other Rotarians are some of the most engaged volunteers in the city.
Why should Mr. Delgado choose only one of her friends to question? Perhaps it is because that individual is the one associated with the project that Mr. Delgado is trying to stop. Delgado held a “public meeting” against Marina Heights at his home and refused entry to this one resident and went on to discuss filing a lawsuit against the project. Now that a lawsuit has been filed, Delgado must leave the council meetings when the details are discussed.
To Mayor Ila’s credit, she hasn’t resorted to questioning her challenger’s friends and associates. I personally wish the Mayor could bring more such friends to Marina so we can get more done!
Bob Drake | Marina
America Is Losing Its Soul
People who want to vote for Bush should consider the face of our country he has forged. We are now an invader country and we are hated for it. We are now a country which rejects the Geneva Conventions and tacitly if not actively supports a policy of torture as part of our “war on terror”.
We are a country who has sold our soul for oil and for the record profits of war profiteers such as Halliburton.
We have lost something even more precious than those 2,500 souls who died on 9/11. We are becoming a knee-jerk country responding out of fear and might rather than reason and right. Our civil liberties are on the table, don’t you know, it is all justified in our “war on terror.” It is indeed this war about which I am terrified.
Gayle Hall | Pacific Grove