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May 25, 2022

Letters to the Editor (Sept. 6)

Caballero Should Stick to Presiding Over ‘Squalor’
Caballero Should Stick to Presiding Over ‘Squalor’


The Aug. 26 edition of the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about Monterey County. It spoke in glowing terms of the coastal area and the fertile Salinas valley.

When it mentioned the city of Salinas, it included the adjective “squalor.” “Gang graffiti mars the facades of apartment complexes. A school’s walls are riddled with bullet holes.”

Who oversaw this dichotomy in priorities? Anna Caballero has been the mayor of Salinas for the last eight years, while this class division intensified. Now she wants to represent the 28th Assembly District in Sacramento.

While Mayor, Caballero chose to shut the libraries while spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the city’s golf course. We do not need that type of decision-maker representing us.

Ignacio Velazquez is challenging Caballero for the 28th Assembly District seat. Velazquez is a successful businessman who has helped to revitalize downtown Hollister. He knows the value of good jobs and the hardships caused by high taxes and government regulations.

Ignacio Velazquez would be good for the 28th Assembly District.

Marvin L. Jones,


Raising Rates is Necessary,

but do it in a Fair Manner


From what planet does the city council mine its sense of fairness? Most of us can agree that raising sewer rates is necessary in order to fund the new plant.

What is a mystery to me is why a retired couple on a fixed income should have to pay the same rate as a family of six!

It is not a particularly complex piece of math to come up with a plan that is far more equitable to all concerned. What prevents the city council from doing so? Have they more pressing things on their minds?

I propose a “stink-tax.” Sewer rates should be set relative to the amount of “generosity” each family contributes to the problem.

This will never pass, however. Otherwise the city council’s own sewer rates would far exceed their salary.

Robert Easterday,

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