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Election Day is very near. Yes people, another election. I know many of you are feeling burnt out on elections, but this is not the time to dream or drift, faulter or fall by the way side. These are major times, trying times and as most of you know difficult times. So this is where we must remain committed and vigilant.
We have all been inspired by our President Barack Obama. I, like most of America believe the President has done a fabulous job over the past 100 days. He has turned this ship around and although we might not be where we want to be, I certainly am more comfortable about the direction we are heading than I have been in the past 8 years.
But the election of President Obama is not the end of the journey and we have to empower troops to support the mission he is on and we must make sure that we elect those people who look like us, think like us and have the same needs and concerns as us and serve both our community's and our President's agenda. We need to elect a State Senator like Curren Price to insure that our community's concerns are represented, and we also want to insure that the 26th Senate District gets their fair share of the stimulus money that will be allocated to California. Curren is the candidate to make this happen.
On the Community College Board we have but one choice and her name is Angela Reddock. Angela has served our community well since she has already served on the community college board. She has fought to insure that African American contractors and all hard working people of our community have had the opportunity to share in the billions (yes, billions) of dollars that the community colleges have had to spend both in rebuilding our campuses and also for providing the best education to our young people. If you have any doubts about Angela representing us, just take one look at the new and improved Southwest College and you will clearly see why Angela Reddock is the Community College Board member we must have representing US.
Now, on to the propositions. This is and has often been a troubling question in our community (how do I vote on the propositions?), but in the end after much time, effort and research it was clear to me why Speaker Bass and so many other members of the legislature are saying vote Yes on ALL propositions from 1A - 1F. California needs to demonstrate some type of fiscal responsiblity. We cannot afford nor will we be able to handle another round of the budget fiasco we went through just a few months ago. Granted the cuts we had to endure earlier this year were difficult, and many people suffered, but what other choices do we have? Do we just keep driving a car with 4 flat tires and bad transmission off the side of the cliff or do we pull over take some time and finally get our car running properly and get some clear directions on where we are going? Well I am choosing to pull over and get our vehicle repaired and headed in the right direction. This position was not one that came easy, but in these difficult times no important decision ever comes easy.
So, again I say to you VOTE. We have an obligation to vote on May 19th. The decisions we make will affect our lives in some instances more than the decision we made to elect President Barack Obama into office, but as we all know, that turned out to be a pretty good decision.
I need to hear from you now more than ever. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to "Talk to Danny."
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor