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Congressional District 4 race up for grabs

Saturday evening the phone rang. When I picked up the receiver, a recorded message came on. It contained a 90 second diatribe against Democratic congressional candidate Charlie Brown. The recorded voice recited a list of nasty comments about Mr. Brown, and said don’t vote for him.

I hung up the phone with a bitter taste in my mouth. It reminded me of the way junior high school kids who are immature and insecure will spread rumors, often totally false, about more popular kids behind their backs.

This morning I received another pre-recorded political message. This time the lady introduced herself as an educator and recited a list of things that had accomplished which were in aid of better education for our kids. She concluded by asking that I vote for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. That was fair and informative.

I don’t particularly like getting pre-recorded political messages because they can be a nuisance. However, they do tell us something about the character of the candidate-not the one being attacked- but about those who have nothing to say except bad things behind their opponent’s back. Perhaps John Doolittle should have learned some valuable lessons about character in junior high school.

Hank Starr

Grass Valley


Charlie Brown has been getting a lot of good press lately. Even The Union’s publisher suggested it might be a good thing for a fresh new face to represent us.

Forgive me Jeff, but, no mater how you slice it, Charlie Brown is a Democrat and member of the ACLU. He will be required to vote lockstep with the other Democrats in Congress, led by Ms. Nancy Pelosi.

Our district would lose a very valuable, experienced and powerful voice in Congress if Doolittle should lose his seat.

Richard Panzica

Penn Valley


Sixteen years in Washington, DC has taken it toll on a principled, upstanding young man.

Today we find this same young man, tarnished by associations, conflicted about his wife’s fundraising business, defensive and out of touch with his constituents, limiting his debates for friendly audiences only, and throwing mud as opposed to discussing real issues that his constituents want to discuss. I think we should do Mr. Doolittle a favor, for his soul and reputation, and let him come home. Although after 16 years, probably he and his wife now think of Washington, D.C., as home and he would find a job in Washington as a lobbyist Ð of course, then maybe he would be interested in Nevada County’s issues about Highway 49.

Angie Lux

Chicago Park


I have heard rumors that the reason that the Republican congress and Mr. Doolittle have followed Rove and Bush on this six-year course of disaster and ineptitude is simple. If they would vote to send our country into trillions of dollars of debt, an unwinnable quagmire in the Middle East, let the insurance industry write the Medicare overhaul bill that guarantees billions of profits for the corporations etc. etc.

Their reward for all of this incompetence and corruption is that when they die they will all get 47 virgin congressional pages when they get to Republican Heaven.

Mr. Doolittle’s opponent Charlie Brown is an honorable man who spent 26 years in service of our country. He will not turn the country over to the likes of Jack Abramoff. Please voter for him on Tuesday.

Gregory Sharp

North San Juan


As a nonpartisan voter, I receive campaign mail from all parties. Yesterday I received a glossy flyer from the National Republican Committee titled: “Terrorists are working to harm America … ”

Why all the fear mongering? Isn’t that what terrorists do? Most people know that 9/11 resulted from a calamity of errors unlikely to be repeated. Those in fear should realize that your odds of being struck and killed by lightning are far greater than witnessing a foreign terrorist attack, let alone being injured or killed by one. I am not afraid of terrorists.

What frightens me is the loss of civil liberties, the degradation of constitutional protections, and government intervention into our personal lives. I am alarmed that my government can detain people without probable cause and keep them indefinitely with no legal recourse. I am sickened that my government has sanctioned torture and is likely guilty of war crimes. No, I’m not afraid of being hurt by terrorists, I’m afraid of becoming like terrorists.

That’s why I support Charlie Brown for Congress. A brave military man of high ethical standards, he will defend the constitution and help bring back honor, respect, and true security to the United States.

Terry Gerson

Nevada City


With all the election hyberbole, please remember to vote for the person and not a party label. I’m a Democrat voting for Arnold for Governor because he has demonstrated excellent leadership qualities. Charlie Brown has shown excellent leadership qualities in his military and police careers and deserves to be our Congressional representative. Vote for moral character, honesty, and trustworthiness.

Cliff Chambers

Grass Valley


John Doolittle has suggested that Charlie Brown should be ashamed for being a member of the ACLU. Following is the ACLU Mission Statement (abbreviated for space):

The American system of government is founded on two counterbalancing principles: that the majority of the people governs, through democratically elected representatives; and that the power even of a democratic majority must be limited, to ensure individual rights.

Majority power is limited by the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees: Your First Amendment rights-freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press, and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state.

Your right to equal protection under the law – equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.

Your right to due process – fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.

Your right to privacy – freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

Wouldn’t you want any elected official to support these protections and guarantees of our Constitution?

Martha Austin

Nevada City


I was so glad to hear Congressman Doolittle’s explanation of the Bush administration’s Middle East policy during the debate. All along I thought the Republicans were just a bunch of warmongering lunatics. Now I find out that we’re only in Iraq and blindly supporting Israel’s war machine in the hopes of hastening Armageddon. What a relief. My only question of the Congressman is after he’s “raptured” can I have his car and his wife’s bank account?

Michael Garitty

Nevada City


The most serious issue in this election: the Republican-controlled House and Senate do not hold the president accountable for his many questionable actions. They “rubber stamp” his decisions. They ignore his “side letters” that flaunt decisions they have made.

The only local issue that can affect this imbalance is your vote for Congress. We are fortunate in the 4th District to have an outstanding candidate, Charlie Brown. We have a longtime congressional incumbent who is not worthy of continued support. Your vote for Charlie Brown may accomplish two important goals: unseating Doolittle, and helping to change the balance of power in the House of Representatives.

Vote for Charlie Brown.

Audrey Ohlson Smith

Grass Valley

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