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Hernandez, Pandering, Clinton

Hernandez, Pandering, Clinton

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City candidate makes his case

I want voters on Tuesday to consider me for Santa Maria City Council.

I was born in Santa Maria and went from Oakley, St. Mary’s, St. Joseph's to Allan Hancock College to graduating from SFSU with a Bachelor of Science in international business. I spent all of my career in software and in startups.

I am committed to bringing good jobs to the area by attracting growth firms looking to expand. These will be higher-paying jobs than the retail job growth we have seen of late. We have many great opportunities for growth firms to move second offices here — a great community, a site between two large universities, and affordable housing. I have a plan on how market and attract those firms to our area.

Most importantly, I come from those growth firms and can speak to their needs as to why Santa Maria is a great place to bring some of the back-office operations such as accounting, customer service and operations.

In the last six months, I have been working with the county and city to reduce the violence by bringing in a gang task force person at the county and city levels. We need to look at providing prevention and intervention programs to address this issue. The executive director of California Cities was brought in to address our city leaders on the solutions that are working in other areas. We need to get ahead of the curve and have a City Council that has a sense of urgency about safety.

You can count on a City Council member who will hit the ground running in December and is committed to two major issues, a safe Santa Maria and a city with good-paying jobs.

Hector Sanchez

Santa Maria

Pandering to the hate

I'm stunned and baffled that a man who has insulted, demeaned, accused, dismissed, degraded, shamed, humiliated, devalued and discredited so many people can still actually believe an election can be stolen from him. 

Is his ego so big he cannot believe or comprehend that perhaps a majority of the voting public find him to be offensive and unsuited to occupy the White House?

This Trump train wreck we're witnessing did not happen overnight. A substantial faction of the Republican Party created this mess with its intolerance of anything that didn't fit into their 1950s mindset of how things should be. Instead of legislating and passing laws for the benefit of his fellow Americans, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell gave haters legitimacy by saying the GOP’s priority was to make President Obama a one-term president. 

Trump himself gave haters legitimacy by floating the birth-certificate issue.

For years, the Republican Party has pandered to the basest fears of the electorate: Minorities are always bad; homosexuals are always bad; equal pay for equal work is never a good idea; immigrants are really bad, science is not only flawed, but very bad.

The sad fact remains that today the leading candidate for president in the party of Lincoln is an ill-informed, inexperienced, bigoted, egotistical sexist xenophobe. He’s simply just a pandering opportunist. He saw the hate that became mainstream after the election of the first black president and has effectively ridden that wave of hate all the way to the top of the Republican Party ticket.

Rene Iler

Santa Maria

Hypocrisy from Clinton

When Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump doesn't have the temperament for the presidency because he resorts to name calling, then states that half of his supporters are what she calls “the deplorables," racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it,” is that not just a tad hypocritical?

When Hillary questions Mr. Trump's tax returns and says maybe he doesn't contribute to nonprofits as much as he says he does, and then she and hubby Bill contribute $1 million to the Clinton Foundation, which helps pay for her political travel costs and other what would be non-deductible costs, is that not hypocritical?

When Hillary says, "we're better, stronger together," and then belittles, demonizes, and berates those who support Trump, is that not hypocritical?

When Hillary says, "Trump wants to build a wall, I want to build a bridge to help those wanting to come to America," while her husband said in the 1995 State of the Union address, "We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws that we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it." For one who quotes her husband and refers to him as someone who should be admired for his accomplishments, while also strongly supporting our current president who would like to have no borders, isn't Hillary once again being hypocritical?

God help America if we elect such a hypocritical individual who has no difficulty looking into the camera and lying to the American citizens.

Dave Dickinson

Santa Maria


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