Show your support by voting

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Lincoln is a nice town with a lot of positives. We’re close enough to the Sacramento region yet we retain our own rural-like identity. Neighborhoods are inviting throughout Lincoln. There are no “bad” streets. While the downtown Carnegie Library is closed due to budget cuts resulting from the poor economy nationwide, the volunteer Friends of the Lincoln Library work with city staff to ensure that the Twelve Bridges Library is open as many hours weekly as possible. Our police officers, while fewer in numbers the last few years because of budget cuts, do a great job of keeping crime down. Lincoln’s still a safe town; we can walk anywhere, any time of the day or night without being robbed or worse. And on my downtown-area street, I’ve seen Lincoln firemen respond several times to medical calls within minutes of being called. As cities go, Lincoln is working. And that success is largely because of the elected officials overseeing Lincoln. That should make voting a top priority of residents every election year. In the fast-approaching Nov. 6 election, nine City Council candidates are running for three seats. Two of the nine candidates, Paul Joiner and Spencer Short, are incumbents. City Councilman Stan Nader, not up for election for another two years, has bought so far two newspaper ads promoting candidates Allen Cuenca, Peter Gilbert and David Kawas. Nader also recently wrote a letter to the editor asking for a change in council leadership. Since we live in a democratic country, it is up to the voters – and not a councilman, not me and not your neighbor – to determine if we need a leadership change or if the current leadership stays. It’s up to each voter to decide. Polls open less than a month away on Nov. 6, yet it’s hard to tell we’re more than halfway through election season. In the downtown area, I see just a sprinkling of signs promoting City Council, state and national candidates. I hope residents attend tonight’s last of four City Council candidate forums at the Lincoln High School. Not because The News Messenger is cosponsoring the forum with the League of Women Voters but because voting to choose who our officials are is one of our most important rights as Americans. About 415 Lincoln hills residents showed up for their forum on Oct. 4. Approximately 35 residents attended Lincoln Crossing’s forum on Sept. 26. Approximately 100 members attended the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce’s forum on Sept. 27. There are 24,052 registered voters in Lincoln, as of Oct. 4, according to Ryan Ronco, Placer County’s assistant registrar of voters. We’d like to see some of those 24,052 voters pack the theater at tonight’s forum. Four of the six non-incumbents at the Lincoln Hills candidates forum last week, with the exception of Christine Colvin and Dan Cross, advocated getting rid of the two incumbents and voting for new leadership. Candidates Cuenca, Gilbert, Kawas and Candi Schipper, indicated at the forum that the incumbents made bad choices for Lincoln. The website of candidate Scott Glaser, who was not at the forum, also criticizes the incumbents. That makes this election especially significant. If, as candidate Cuenca said, you like Lincoln as is, vote for the incumbents. If you don’t like how Lincoln is today, Cuenca said, vote for him and his friends David Kawas and Peter Gilbert. Whichever way you want Lincoln to go, be part of the process. Research your candidates and then vote. Researching can be as simple as attending tonight’s forum. Know and Go: What: City Council Candidate forum, sponsored by The Lincoln News Messenger and the League of Women Voters When: 7-9 Oct. 11 Where: Lincoln High School’s theater, 790 J St. Information: 645-7733