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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 2:00 am

Who Knew?

To The Editor,

I am a Liberal who just read “Conservative Value” in Letters to Election (Sept. 27).

I, mistakenly, was sure I knew what I believed in. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered I was mistaken.

We have an “expert” in the Peninsula who advises me exactly what Liberals stand for. Who knew?

Jackey Gray

The Peninsula

 

What Moderation?

To The Editor,

Regarding “DeLong Bases Congressional Race on Moderation,” Sept. 27: How does a candidate who says “I’m opposed to any tax increases” think he can be considered moderate? 

As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes stated, “I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.” Candidate DeLong’s adherence to Grover Norquist’s dangerous philosophy of no tax increases for any reason is not representative of an enlightened approach to governance. Taxes support the fundamental infrastructure that propels modern civilization.

David Alpern

Long Beach

 

Stop Democrats

To The Editor,

Last week some voters were telling us why to vote DeLong over the liberal Democrat. I have another view as to why. 

1. To not allow Nancy Pelosi ever again become Speaker of the House. Her leadership to support the President for higher taxes, regs, spending has all but ruined our free enterprise system. 

2. We know California will vote Obama, but Gary can become a voice of sanity in the House from California to stop any more wars on small business, legal industries such as coal, gas, oil and shale tar plus nuclear energy. 

These two reasons alone for me and my family will see us cast our vote for DeLong.

Glenn Koons

Long Beach

 

Taxpayer Pledge

To The Editor,

For some people a forgetful mind seems to be a divine blessing! How else can one conscientiously ignore the self-proclaimed conservative rulers from Jan. 20, 2001, to Jan. 20, 2009, and the devastation they left behind? That bunch of Ponzi Schemers had only one thing in mind, self-enrichment at the public trough.

Only fools like some letter writers believe, and continue to perpetuate the fairy tale, that only liberals (Democrats) are spendthrifts. And conservatives (Republicans) under George W. Bush elevated this nation to the highest heights of world admiration. If Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, the Stock Market crash, the housing market bubble rupture of 2007-08, and ensuing massive layoffs in all sectors of our economy are worth continued emulation, keep chasing that stale dream. Just keep it quiet, as you would panning for fool’s gold.

As for Mr. DeLong, as far as I know, until now an honorable man. What is not known about him is, as a member of a certain political party, did he, or had he, to sign the Grover Norquist “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” that 95% of all Republican Congressmen have signed? If so, he abandoned his right to self-determination, which makes him an unacceptable candidate. His allegiance would not be with and for the voters, but a special interest. Mr. Norquist has no mercy on renegades.

Franz O. Gerich

Carroll Park South

 

Big Labor

To The Editor,

Alan Lowenthal voted against much-needed public sector pension reform. 

Mr. Lowenthal is one of the irresponsible politicians who continues to collude with big labor to the detriment of our state’s financial well being. It’s time for voters to demand an end to the status quo that has brought California to the doorstep of economic ruin.

Gary DeLong is our best choice to improve this deteriorating situation.

Tom Duval

Long Beach

 

Lowenthal Choice

To The Editor,

After I read the letters to the editor, I wish I knew Fred Sparrevohn. From the first time I met Mr. DeLong when he was walking the precinct he made it very clear that his pro-business point of view was more important than the neighborhoods he was representing. 

Every time — yes every time — I would call his office with a concern, the person would literally say “no we can’t.” One time when I got upset about this someone actually called back and apologized, but the result was the same. 

I have other interactions with the city with other results. With Mr. Colonna, they would listen, look into it and get back to me. I was amazed that at a later time I would be informed if the issue came up again. I have actually been emailed back by Mr. West on a Sunday in response to a concern. Maybe if Fred had called for me I would have had better luck.

If Mr. DeLong was more willing to include the neighborhood needs in his point of view, we might have found compromise with some of the ongoing issues in Long Beach. He is so pro-business for the project on PCH and Second, another council person had to suggest a compromise. In the meantime, we have a “study” in progress.

Mr. Lowenthal has consistently represented the people at both the city and state level. He has listened to the people and forged compromise — for example getting the coal covered for the residents of that community. Clearly his experience at the city level and at both the State Assembly and State Senate is experience that will serve us well at the national level.

Diane Paull

Long Beach

 

DeLong Demonizes

To The Editor,

Mr. DeLong may want local voters to view him as a moderate but the reality is that he wants to quit midway through his current City Council term so that he can serve in the ultraconservative Republican House of Representatives.

Mr. DeLong’s brand of fiscal conservatism apparently includes making Long Beach taxpayers foot the bill for a special election while he runs away to Washington so that that he can caucus with new colleagues like Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin. Mr. DeLong could have chosen to run as an actual Independent if he had wished, but his GOP donors can rest assured that he will be yet another reliable vote for a hard right obstructionist House that seeks to thwart President’s Obama agenda for economic recovery at every opportunity while it vigorously denies climate change, fights against civil rights for all citizens, bows before the gun lobby, and continues to loosen regulations on big banks and polluters.

Mr. DeLong may not be willing to print his party identification on his lawn signs, but he clearly is another in a long line of Republicans who have no real interest in addressing our deficit problem by allowing the disastrous Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy to expire. While the middle class suffers and the rich get even richer, House Republicans claim that the only way we can finance more of their beloved corporate welfare and offshore tax shelters is to forever change Social Security and Medicare as we know it.

DeLong’s standard response has been to demonize hard-working taxpayers and their unions for every problem. but before he asks us to let him ditch the job he signed up for, he should be honest and proudly state his desire to be part of a Republican House that has voted to cut funding for students of all ages, privatize Social Security, and turn Medicare into a voucher program.

Ruben Mancillas

Long Beach