Letters to the Editor: June 15, 2022

Elections Office lagging with primary vote count

I had to look at the masthead of The Herald recently, just to check the date and confirm what century we were in. The results of the recent primary election have come in so slowly I had to wonder.

For example, Del Rey Oaks has a population of less than 1,600, and there was an important vote on Proposition B, to determine the fate of the city’s portion of the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway (FORTAG). A lot of residents on both sides put in a great deal of campaign work and deserved to know the results as soon as possible.

On primary night, the elections office showed 37.75% of the votes in Del Rey Oaks had been counted (even less in other races), and the vote was close.

As I write this on Friday afternoon, the results continue to show 37.75% of the votes had been counted, unchanged since Tuesday (the other races too). That’s inexcusable. There has to be a better and quicker method of counting votes, and Monterey County should look into it.

— Arlen Grossman, Del Rey Oaks

Handcarts in Marina will bring in more traffic

What is it that spurs Marina and our tourist-burdened cities to bring more tourists to the Peninsula? Bringing handcarts to our pristine Fort Ord Dunes State Park will require parking lots, bathrooms, handicap provisions and food and drink. More congestion will choke Highway 1.

Apparently Mayor Delgado doesn’t drive Highway 1 south in the morning or north in the late afternoon. God forbid an emergency vehicle would need access in that gridlock. This rail line is as unnecessary as the zip line proposed for Jacks Peak Park years ago. When does it stop?

— Mary Pendlay, Monterey

Thankful for facts about gun violence, car deaths

I’d like to thank Dr. Roberts for her great research into the facts about deaths by car accidents and by firearms.

I read the letter by Robert McGregor I was skeptical and curious about his claims.

I did a quick search online and came to the same conclusion as Dr. Roberts did, however, not to the same depth. I contemplated about writing to refute his misstatements but Dr. Roberts did a much better job compared to my three lines I would have written.

— Charles Biller, Monterey

John Birch Society had some good, some bad ideas

The John Birchers had some silly ideas, like the fantasy that President Eisenhower was a willing and conscious agent of the international Communist conspiracy. But they had good ideas, too. We should support our local police. We should get the US out of the UN, and the UN out of the US. And we should have impeached Chief Justice Warren.

I just had a thought: Since the Democrats were willing to impeach Donald Trump even after he left office, couldn’t we still impeach Earl Warren even though he has left this life?

— Robert Hellam, Seaside

Republicans will win this fall due to complacency

Low voter turnout is a symptom of stagnation. Another symptom of cultural stagnation are the thousands who take advantage of “social welfare” programs, not as a safety net but as a way of life. Dependency breeds complacency.

Another symptom is the forgiveness of student loans, which devalues both the person and the value of an education. It’s like free money, which discourages the respect for work and the desire for self-advancement.

Abortion on demand for any reason, even up until birth undermines respect for self, respect for life, not to mention it results in population stagnation.

Back to low voter turnout, why bother to vote? I’m a Democrat. You’re a Democrat. Most the people running for office are Democrats. Hey! There’s a voting box in every library, post office and civic center. Voting polls are all over the place but those places were empty on June 7.

That’s why Republicans are likely to win in the November elections. Republicans are more likely to vote and fewer of them have the social disease called Complacency.

— Carol Marquart, Pacific Grove

Contributed by local news sources

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