Can any­one run this state?

Los Angeles Times - - Opinion -

Re “Three peas in a pod,” Ed­i­to­rial, Sept. 21

As a life­long Cal­i­for­nian, I re­call that about ev­ery time a can­di­date has run, he (more lately she) has promised to rid us of “govern­ment waste, fraud and abuse.”

Now that I’ve passed age 60, it must just about all be gone, right?

Thomas D. Pen­field

Cardiff by the Sea

Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers should re­mem­ber what hap­pened when our cur­rent gover­nor first ran for of­fice. He was a po­lit­i­cal out­sider who, like Meg Whitman, had not voted for a good por­tion of his adult life, and like Whitman, made grand prom­ises and pro­pos­als, few of which ever be­came re­al­ity.

In the real world of pol­i­tics and eco­nomic re­al­i­ties, he couldn’t solve the prob­lems fac­ing Cal­i­for­nia.

We have job in­se­cu­rity for state em­ploy­ees, un­cer­tainty of fire, law en­force­ment and other pub­lic ser­vices, a poor credit rat­ing and, as of this writ­ing, no state bud­get.

I don’t know any­one who says our cur­rent gover­nor did a good job. Why let the state con­tinue to de­te­ri­o­rate? All par­ti­san pol­i­tics aside, Whitman is a risk I won’t take.

Carl Irby

Beau­mont

Gov. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger’s 22% ap­proval rat­ing sug­gests peo­ple do not like his per­for­mance or his ideas.

If Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman are very sim­i­lar to him, we prob­a­bly need new can­di­dates with dif­fer­ent ideas.

I dis­agree with your as­ser­tion that these three politi­cians’ ideas on pub­lic em­ployee pen­sions have been iden­ti­fied as nec­es­sary steps to im­prove the state’s fis­cal health.

Solv­ing the state’s prob­lems by pun­ish­ing work­ers is not the so­lu­tion. Ask­ing peo­ple who are well-off is.

Do any of these politi­cians have the courage to ask those with money to make a con­tri­bu­tion to keep the state in good shape?

Domenico Mac­eri

San Luis Obispo

The ed­i­to­rial hit the nail on the head. No one run­ning for gover­nor is go­ing to change things as long as we have the same leg­is­la­tors.

Does Whitman think she can come in and change the Leg­is­la­ture into a part-time body? She has no ex­pe­ri­ence in the po­lit­i­cal world.

I don’t like ei­ther can­di­date, but I think I’m lean­ing to­ward the one who has at least had a back­ground in Cal­i­for­nia pol­i­tics, knows how things run and how to get things done and might be able to do the most.

And com­plain­ing that Brown is “su­ing the city of Bell” as a po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­ver is even more lu­di­crous — isn’t he our elected state at­tor­ney gen­eral? Isn’t this part of his job?

The bot­tom line here is that which­ever can­di­date we put in that po­si­tion has a tough job ahead.

Michele Deady-Paano

Lake­wood

It has be­come ob­vi­ous to me, and hope­fully to ev­ery­one else by now, that in a state whose great­est is­sue is and has been our bud­get, Whitman’s record­set­ting $119-mil­lion cam­paign out­lay is a poor ex­am­ple of fis­cal pru­dence and in­di­cates a will­ing­ness to solve prob­lems by throw­ing money at them.

Brown’s min­i­mal­ist cam­paign spend­ing, on the other hand, speaks vol­umes about min­i­mal spend­ing. His ap­proach to cam­paign­ing sug­gests he is far bet­ter pre­pared to do what is nec­es­sary to bring eco­nomic re­spon­si­bil­ity to govern­ment here.

Ger­ald G. Sch­wanke

Ojai

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