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Letters to the editor, June 1-7, 2012

June 1, 2012

Letter of support for Tim Alpers
Mono County’s District 3 cannot go wrong by electing Tim Alpers to represent them as their supervisor. Tim is decisive, fair and determined to do his best at serving the public interest.
For all of us, that means he will look beyond doing things the way they have always been done and look for ways to do them better. He will seek input from his constituents and work on behalf of all of Mono County citizens by creating a cooperative environment in which the board can be more productive. I am confident that electing Tim will mean more transparency and accountability and will bring back the pride in our local government.
Sharon Carkeet
Crowley Lake

Letter of support for Fred Stump
Mono County’s District 3 cannot go wrong by electing Tim Alpers to represent them as their supervisor. Tim is decisive, fair and determined to do his best at serving the public interest.
For all of us, that means he will look beyond doing things the way they have always been done and look for ways to do them better. He will seek input from his constituents and work on behalf of all of Mono County citizens by creating a cooperative environment in which the board can be more productive. I am confident that electing Tim will mean more transparency and accountability and will bring back the pride in our local government.
Sharon Carkeet
Crowley Lake

Prop. 29 is about health of Californians
Yet more direct mail brochures encouraging a no vote on Prop 29 has arrived in our local mailboxes.  Prop 29 on the June 5 state ballot would tax tobacco to fund research on cancer and other tobacco-related ailments, such as emphysema and heart disease.  California cigarette tax would be raised $1 per pack. Our current state cigarette tax ranks a low 33rd in the nation.   
Prop 29 is about the health of Californians. Increasing the tobacco tax is one of the most effective ways to prevent kids from starting to smoke, to help smokers to quit, and to reduce health care costs. Still, 40,000 Californians die annually from tobacco related illness. Tobacco related illness costs Californians $9 billion in direct health care costs.
But the tobacco companies must think the ballot measure is about them, not about the health of Californians. Otherwise they wouldn’t be spending tens of millions to defeat it. Tobacco companies probably will outspend the Prop. 29 health advocates by at least 10 to 1. The American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, Lance Armstrong’s LiveSTRONG, The Public Health Institute, the Southern California Public Health Association, and the California Medical Association are all supporters Proposition 29.
The Mono County Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition and other Eastern Sierra health advocates are hoping that people of the Eastern Sierra will not be fooled by tobacco industry well funded front groups like Californians against Unaccountable Taxes, which receives more than 93 percent of its funding from R.J. Reynolds.
Mono County Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition

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