Marin IJ Readers Forum October 30, 2022 – Marin Independent Journal
The San Anselmo Library deserves your support
As a member of the San Anselmo Library Friends group, I think there are many reasons to vote for Measure H in San Anselmo in the November ballot. The library is the heart of the community and whether you are using computers and the Internet for projects, downloading books or music, taking your child to one of the popular story times or looking for a new book to read, the friendly and helpful staff are there to serve you.
During the pandemic, a curbside collection system has been put in place to allow customers to safely collect books. During power outages, the library provided electrical hookups so citizens could charge their devices. Cool sanctuary is available when temperatures soar. There are lectures, book clubs, music programs and more available in the library.
In 2010, the city significantly reduced the library’s budget. He reduced hours of operation, eliminated the position of children’s librarian, and decreased funding for books and other resources. Concerned citizens circulated an initiative petition to put a measure on the ballot to compensate for lost funding. This measure passed San Anselmo voters by a comfortable margin.
Mesure H will continue this vital funding for our wonderful library. We are grateful that voters have approved of maintaining this parcel tax in the past and urge its renewal by voting yes to Measure H.
—Judy Anderson, San Anselmo
Questions for Bragman about the MMWD service
In her recently published letter to the editor, Patricia Meagher urges us to vote for the re-election of Larry Brahman to the Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors because of actions taken over the past two years. The only examples of such actions provided by her seem to me to be a bad case of improperly deferred maintenance of water facilities.
Our water crisis has been a long time coming. What did Bragman do during his first six years on the board? New blood is badly needed to improve the resilience of our water supply.
—Michael Sillman, Larkspur
Cindy Swift strong choice for Fairfax City Council
Cindy Swift is an outstanding candidate for Fairfax City Council. She has served on many city committees and is uniquely qualified to continue to serve all residents as a member of city council. She takes a thoughtful, common-sense approach to problem-solving and is committed to maintaining our small-town character. She is a leader in neighborhood fire safety programs and works tirelessly to keep us informed and connected to each other.
Having known Swift for over 40 years, I can attest to her integrity, kindness and superior intelligence. Fairfax needs someone of her caliber to be a voice for all residents. She wants the best for Fairfax and her many years of volunteerism demonstrate a love for our city and a commitment to doing what it takes to keep us healthy, safe and financially sound.
Please join me in voting for Cindy Swift for Fairfax City Council.
—Robin Brennan, Fairfax
Martin Best for San Rafael Schools Zone 4 Elections
I fear that the blandly generic message of Faye Bourret, a candidate for the San Rafael City Schools Zone 4 Board of Trustees (“ensuring our children’s education”), camouflages points of view that are not in tune with our diverse community.
A bit of digging reveals affiliations and endorsements. According to the Marin Republican Women Federated website, she has several leadership roles. I found many disturbing statements while reading the bulletins of this group. I am even more alarmed by what appears to be a careful concealment of Bourret’s affiliation with current Republican ideology.
Also, I have questions about the elusive group Marin Freedom Rising, which supports Bourret. The big problem with this group, according to its website, is enmity toward COVID-19 vaccinations and public health policy. The Marin Freedom Rising website refers to the CDC as the “Center of Deception and Corruption.” He demonizes Marin’s award-winning health worker, Matt Willis.
I don’t know if Bourret supports all the positions of these groups. It should either take ownership of these relationships and values or clearly distance itself from them. I would also like to know who is financing his campaign.
Fortunately, we have a strong and inspiring alternative: I believe our schools and community will be better served by electing incumbent — and proud immigrant — Carolina Martín. As a parent of third-grade students, she is deeply involved in the school community and transparent about her positions.
—Holly Middleton, San Rafael