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Viewpoint - October 27, 2010

Letter: We don't need hit pieces

This is not a recommendation to vote for him or her, but an opinion that we are, in fact, moving closer to honest and open campaigns. I've been pleased to read the informative pages under my door mat. This year we have seen little demagoguery, so the two slick and well-funded exceptions stand out. In a way, that's a good sign.

We were doing so well, it was an unfortunate surprise that the Menlo Gateway group had to slime Chuck Bernstein (three mailers, no less) to "defend" a campaign that was already won. And it stands out that a hefty $15,000 from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) funded a huge and slick mailer putting one of our city employees in the spotlight as a poster child for resisting pension reform — even feeding her a line directly from union leadership.

Let's take this the next step. We don't need $15,000 hit pieces in Menlo Park to tell us what to think. Let's hope the strong-arm types just wasted their money on this town.

Henry Riggs, Callie Lane, Menlo Park

Editor's Note: Henry Riggs was co-chair of the effort to put Measure L pension reform measure on the ballot.

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