I was intrigued by your editorial candidate endorsements before the May 10th local elections, particularly because I did not feel there was consistency and logic in those recommendations and, more importantly, because you did not adequately address each candidate’s public service track record of success or lack thereof. Most of these candidates have a very clear record of public service which can be easily examined. Some of them have evinced success; others have simply been warm bodies holding down a seat. For example, without a critical examination of their performance (and that of their opponents), to simply say Paul Jaure or Louise Hall did not warrant your endorsement was erroneous from many perspectives. Now, if you want to analyze their record as board members of the college and take umbrage with their performance in dealing with specific issues—that’s different. But you didn’t do that, and neither did you do it for their opponents.
Let me give you a much clearer example: you endorsed Carabajal and Dunn for the City Council positions, citing their experience. Yet, you turned a blind eye to Carabajal’s complete failure to address the city’s critical water issues. How can anyone possibly forget his inability to address the shutdown of the city’s water supply and his exasperation in stating “I was dumbfounded!” And now, we have also found out the city will have to pay a fine for its transgressions and poor performance in dealing with the issue. Yet, you endorsed this candidate?
By the way, the same applies to Dunn. Your reporter had a front seat opportunity to view her less-than-stellar performance on the water committee. That received absolutely no consideration; instead you focused on her military service record and volunteer work at the Chamber of Commerce, as if those efforts made her more qualified! This recommendation was a real head scratcher.
Sir, all I ask is that, if you are going to publish endorsements, please be more thoughtful in your recommendations in fairness to all parties. After all, it is the future of our community that is at stake. Your paper is an important voice in this community. Equally, you have a grave responsibility to ensure that all public service candidates are treated equally and fairly so as to encourage their participation.
Jessy T. Garza