Think locally when heading to polls
Nov 01, 2012 | 1203 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The presidential race may draw the masses to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6, but voters should pay close attention to several other matters that will likely have far more local influence.

Those include two competing tax measures to help fix a $16.2 billion state budget deficit, which will be a drastic blow to local schools if left unresolved.

Other important propositions deal with public safety, such as stiffening penalties for human traffickers, repealing the death penalty and reforming the “Three Strikes” law. State propositions address a variety of other topics, too, including labeling genetically modified foods and changing campaign finance law.

Voters also face potentially substantial changes to the makeup of the Patterson City Council this year, with six council candidates vying for two open seats and two candidates seeking the mayoral post. The Del Puerto Health Care District also could face significant changes, with three candidates seeking two open seats.

That’s not to mention the Senate, Congressional and state Assembly races.

We urge all voters to study the propositions and candidates thoroughly, review the candidates’ platforms and actions, and get out and vote.

Our society needs wise voters who can rise above the rhetoric and party politics and thoughtfully analyze the issues affecting our region.

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