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Prop. 93 self-serving deceptive ploy

Editor, Ceres Courier,

The power that deep-pocketed lobbyists wield over our state representatives too often side steps the people. Let's consider the cleverly worded Proposition 93. In the voter ballot, the initiative's title is "Limits On Legislator's Terms in Office."

Granted, legislators who serve in both the Assembly and the Senate would be limited to a combined 12-year period in office, as opposed to 14 at the present. This, however, is a self-serving deceptive ploy to lure voters into "extending" Assembly term limits from three two-year terms to six two-year terms, and the Senate from two four-year terms to three four-year terms.

Millions in contributions from lobbyists have paid for Proposition 93, and the advertising behind it. I'm referring to corporations, labor unions, utility companies and attorneys' PACs.

Make no mistake, completely eliminating term limits is the primary goal of nearly all lobbyists.

In contrast, a sizable number of concerned individual citizens are funding the fight against Proposition 93. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association has given huge contributions toward the measure's defeat as well.

Senate and Assembly leaders broke their promise to reform redistricting. Let's send a message to Sacramento: Defeat Prop. 93.

Ken Lane,


Ceres City Council

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Hillary used travel to dodge bad press

Editor, Ceres Courier,

As Hillary's scandals multiplied and questions about her role in Whitewater, the Rose law firm, the disappearance of the billing records, the Web Hubble hush money, the FBI scandal and the commodities market trading all got louder, Hillary adopted the patented formula of all presidents in trouble: she left the country! Hillary was about to become a world traveler at the cost of $12.5 million of taxpayers' money.

This is not, of course, how Hillary remembers the decision to travel. She wrote how travel could have a symbolic action. Advance the agenda? Horse manure! The agenda was to dodge the negative publicity at home and spend $12.5 million of your and mine hard-earned tax dollars. She should be made to pay every penny back.

Richard Witherspoon,


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Bob will be missed

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Bob Panos was a dear friend to all who knew him.

I had the pleasure of having Bob as my manager at the Department of Child Support Services.

There are so many happy memories our office has about Bob, his family and his extended family with the Ceres Police Department. You always knew when he was happy because of his beautiful smile and he would walk with a spring in his step.

Your friendship, and your love for life will never be forgotten. I am blessed for the time you were in my life and the memories you have left us with.

Gigi Miller,


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Prop. 93 designed to stretch out terms of power mongers

Editor, Ceres Courier,

As a result of the deceptive way that Proposition 93 is written, I am opposed to granting a lengthier potential time in office to crafty legislators.

The state initiative is nothing more than a job security/benefit enhancement package for self-serving incumbents and other politicians. They've never had a better job.

Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez have each broken their promise to re-design voter district lines. These lines are contorted and blatantly biased. Many districts are drawn in such a way that practically guarantees election wins for certain candidates. This weakens and makes a mockery of the democratic process.

Perata will term out at the end of his current term. If Prop 93 passes, he and other legislators like him will remain in office - provided that they win their next elections. Strategically manipulated district lines all but make their re-election outcomes a sure deal.

These reform school drop-outs care only about taxing, spending and power that's never ending. Willie Brown wannabes such as Perata and Nunez need to go.

Let's stand together and vote NO on Prop. 93.

Kenneth L. Groves, Sr.,