Eligible voters need to vote Dec 3
Re: “Westside state Assembly race heats up,” news, Nov. 14.
The Argonaut’s article is a very detailed, fact-filled one. Perhaps because it was written as a news article rather than as an editorial it had to lack some of the “flavor” concerning this upcoming race.
This year the prospective voters in my geographical area have been expected to vote too many times. It seems that with each election the turnout, in person or by absentee ballot, has been less than the last one. For the upcoming state Assembly election on Dec. 3, if voter turnout is 10% (as some predict it will be), a candidate can win the election if fewer than 6% of the eligible voters actually vote. That is truly disturbing.
This time the same voters recently asked to participate in an uncontested “election” are having a candidate almost crammed down our throats! We are being deluged with mailers. Apparently, none of the powers that be want to make L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas mad at them. Even the Democratic Party is acting as if there is only one candidate. In my opinion, that’s a bit cowardly!
I already cast my absentee ballot for Christopher Armenta, who has real and earned credentials to show for his candidacy. Unfortunately, unless something is done to awaken prospective voters to the importance of this election, a young man with absolutely zero earned credentials is going to become this district’s next Assemblyman.
(For the record, I’ve never, to my knowledge, met candidate Armenta, nor am I associated with his campaign.)
Forgive my strong opinions but, to me, this upcoming election seems very similar to the strong-arm type of “elections” held in some so-called Third World countries of which we in the U.S. are always highly critical.
Betty Rome
Culver City

She’s voting for Armenta
As a resident of Culver City for over 45 years I have seen almost everything happen within this city. One truly outstanding event was the election of my husband, Richard Alexander, to the City Council in 1974 against seemingly all odds. It was somewhat like David and Goliath, and 40 years later I am witnessing the same type of event — with what I hope will be the same outcome.
Christopher Armenta is running his campaign for the 54th Assembly seat against those same types of odds, as he runs against a candidate who: has sought support from special interests groups, has a great deal of name recognition, has the organization of a well tooled political machine, has about 25 times the money to spend and has never served in an elective office position.
Former Mayor Armenta: has been elected to public office and has a proven track record of representing the people; as an experienced State Auditor, knows where and how to get needed funding; is committed to ensuring quality health care for all demographics in the district; understands traffic congestion and safety issues and will work to ease them; has stood up to the county in respect to its weak regulations of the Baldwin Hills Oil Field; will work tirelessly for a ban on fracking until it is proven safe; and is committed to strengthening CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act).
During the time Alex was a four-term Culver City Council member, our family quickly learned how elected leaders can manipulate dates and meetings to orchestrate events causing low voter turnout to skew the vote. Whoever decided on the Dec.3 date for this special election was certainly not trying to enhance the democratic process.
Ann D. Alexander
Culver City

Spare a turkey this Thanksgiving
President Obama will get a break from “Obamacare” when he pardons the Thanksgiving turkey. Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance– one that gives thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains.
And here are more terrific reasons:
– You will stay alert through the entire football game.
– You are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball”?
– Your vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.
– You won’t have to call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline to keep your family alive.
– Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.
– You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.
– You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.
– Your body will welcome a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.
Our own dinner this Thanksgiving will feature “Tofurky,” lentil roast, mashed potatoes, corn stuffing, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. An internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” got us more recipes and other useful information than we could possibly use.
Steve Prosky
Marina Del Rey