Says Marcy Winograd is ‘reliable candidate voters know and trust

To the Editor:

Your paper’s front-page political “analysis” Feb. 24 of the 36th Congressional District race was at best incomplete and a poor reflection on the Argonaut’s ability to reject the political “spin” of those clearly in the camp of Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

Specifically, political consultant Jim Kennedy’s broadside on progressive candidate Marcy Winograd is a symptom of the weakness of the Bowen candidacy.

Bowen, a termed-out statewide officeholder seeking refuge in Washington is now trying to position herself as left-of-center after running for years as an independent in her right-of-center campaigns for the assembly and state senate.

Just how does Bowen, who’s been part of the fiscal crisis in Sacramento make the case for change? How does someone who regularly endorsed former Rep. Jane Harman in all of her races for re-election now proclaim to be some kind of self proclaimed progressive when she supported the former “Blue Dog Democrat” in 2006 as well as 2010?

At the time of your untimely analysis, Winograd had yet to enter the race but was being compared to Ralph Nader, the 2000 presidential spoiler and non-Democrat despite the fact she received 41 percent of the vote against the politically embedded Harman in last year’s Democratic primary.

The fact is Winograd is the only independent, grassroots progressive in the race to succeed Harman.

Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn, like Bowen, is another termed-out, career politician who was just defeated for lieutenant governor some seven months ago. In 1998 Hahn was given the opportunity to hold this seat only to be defeated in a cycle where Democrats nationally picked up a net of five seats in the House of Representatives.

The choice of Janice “Harman” or “Jane” Bowen is no choice at all.

Winograd is a reliable progressive voters know and trust.

She’ll support President Barack Obama when he’s right and oppose him when he’s wrong. In Hahn and Bowen we have two “status quo” candidates more driven by political circumstance than ideas and solutions for the 36th District and that’s bad news for all voters regardless of political affiliation.

With a level playing field, voters may finally get to witness a side-by-side, compare-and-contrast of the records of Hahn and Bowen versus the ideas and solutions put forth by a Winograd candidacy that certainly has the ear and interest of many Democrats seeking the change that was never afforded to the residents of this district.

Hopefully the Argonaut will wait for the entire field to be complete before affording those with an obvious agenda to make comments that are counterproductive to an honest exchange of the issues voters would much rather discuss than the “inside baseball” of paid, political operatives and failed ex-candidates.

Nick Antonicello, Venice BeachBelieves Winograd is ‘best voice’ for 36th District voters

To the Editor:

The first candidate forum and debate for the 36th Congressional District race March 24 really confirmed for many voters, including my own household, that Marcy Winograd is the best suited candidate for the congressional seat.

Candidate and Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn delivered responses that were consistently vague and ill informed. As for candidate and Secretary of State Debra Bowen, she is far more valuable in Sacramento completing the remainder of her term than in Washington, D.C.

Both she and Hahn are jumping to fill the shoes of a candidate they endorsed (former Rep. Jane Harman) who resigned three months after winning reelection last November.

Winograd’s congressional campaign in 2010 was one about what sort of country and citizenry we want to be. Winograd is a real leader and deserves this district’s voters’ votes and word-of-mouth support.

She has been an organized, genuine, hard-working, committed and passionate activist in the anti-war movement, health care reform movement and other progressive efforts to authentically restore the people’s voice to national government.

Winograd received close to 38 percent of the vote in the 2006 primary and over 41 percent when she ran against Harman in the June 8 primary. Winograd is a terrific individual and activist. She is a teacher and citizen who has inspired thousands over the last decade. She puts her time, money and – perhaps most importantly – her heart where her words are. Winograd is a thinker and a doer; an authentic voice the likes of which voters are hungry for in these cynical and hard economic times.

My family and I sincerely believe that Winograd is the best voice for this district’s voters who is aligned with their economic and social interests and, importantly, with their deeper values and their concerns about the direction that this country has taken over the last decade.

Pete Thottam, Venice

Says Santa Monica Airport health, safety issues should not be forced on L.A. neighbors

To the Editor:

The deleterious effects of Santa Monica Airport cannot continue to be shoved off on our Los Angeles neighbors. They suffer even more than we do and they get no financial benefit whatsoever from SMO.

How can we in good conscience say that because SMO is a health and safety hazard for Santa Monicans, that health and safety hazard should be forced on our L.A. neighbors? It’s our city’s airport, after all.

Additionally, there’s the issue of causing more air pollution at Los Angeles International Airport because of delays there caused by SMO. We need to work together to have SMO’s health and safety hazard eliminated for everyone. That can only be accomplished by closing the airport.

Susan Hartley, Santa Monica