Letters to the Editor for Week of April 26

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Thanks to South County

Once again the generous citizens of South County have come through to support Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated’s Scholarship Luncheon held last Friday.

Thanks to the club’s members and friends in the community, we were able to raise the funds needed to award our two $1,000 scholarships to seniors at Greenfield High and King City High. The names of the scholarship recipients will be announced at our May 2 meeting, 11:30 a.m., at Lawrence’s Restaurant, and the scholarship money will be awarded to the students at our Aug. 1 meeting.

Thank you to all who attended the Scholarship Luncheon and made it a success.

Karen Leonhard
President, Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated, King City

   

Fair fun

It’s almost fair time and we hope you are just as excited as we are. We have had a few fun events going on these past couple months.

First, at our February meeting we honored Taylor Rubbo with a belt buckle for her superb job as president of Junior Fairboard for two years. Then in March we hosted our annual Pedro Party on the 24th. We had a great turnout and hope everyone who participated enjoyed their gifts. It’s April now and on the 22nd of this month we had the annual Fair Kick-Off dinner and dance. 

We hope to see you at the Salinas Valley Fair in May, and we can’t wait to have a blast.

Lauren Rist
Junior Fairboard Secretary, King City

   

Public safety

An excellent article in The Salinas Californian reports that Sheriff Bernal gave a report to our county supervisors about construction at our county jail and manpower requirements.

The supervisors requested that person-to-person visitation be allowed during the time that construction is going on and after the improvements to the jail are completed. With personal safety in mind, Sheriff Bernal reported back to the supervisors that during the ongoing construction, person-to-person visitation would be a dangerous situation, so there will be none. After the construction is completed, visitation could be allowed but would require the addition of 10 more deputies.

They responded to the sheriff that as he was not going to do as they wanted, they would require enough additional reports before he is allowed to begin construction, even though the state has already approved the jail improvements.

Our county supervisors should remember Sheriff Bernal makes his decisions the way he does because he knows he is responsible for the safety of deputies and the general public, his first consideration. He is guided by our state Constitution. It lists his duties and responsibility to our county; and those duties and responsibilities cannot be assumed by a county supervisor.

What is guiding our supervisors to act this way?

J.J. Burnes
King City

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