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TAMMY WELCH, San Clemente

I have enjoyed reading the SC Times newspaper over the years. It’s fun to read news about San Clemente High School, Bernice, Ayer, and Truman Benedict Elementary, where my children attended school. 

I love hearing about what’s happening in our beautiful city of San Clemente and learning about the special events that are occurring. It can be positive and informing.

However, I was disappointed about the information stated in the recall voter guide printed in the Aug. 26 edition of the paper. The article suggests that Gavin Newsom is being recalled primarily due to his attending a social function maskless while imposing rigid masking restrictions on the state. 

While this is egregious, it is irresponsible to represent that the recall is based on this one incident.

There are many crucial reasons behind the public’s support for the recall. The article ignores other significant factors that have the voters of California looking for a change in leadership. 

Homelessness is on the rise and crime is sharply increasing, as Newsom released many incarcerated felons into the community. Gov. Newsom also implemented an unconstitutional mandate that churches remain closed or severely restricted while other large businesses were allowed to remain open. 

The crippling effect on our small business community is staggering, as Gov. Newsom chose to lock down small business while favoring big-box retailers. By Gov. Newsom’s actions, he has opened the eyes of many Californians to the dangers of a totalitarian state that operates at the expense of our civil liberties.

Additionally, the article casts a negative light on a leading opposition candidate, Larry Elder. Is it the position of the paper to slant the coverage of one political candidate over another? I believe this article is more of an opinion piece than a neutral representation of the facts.

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