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Meet two politicians who truly care

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I would like to thank two local politicians for their good sense, hard work and a true concern about the welfare of their communities and the people they represent. I truly admire Supervisor Jim Holmes and appreciate his efforts to explore funding for critical projects in the Auburn area, on his recent trip to Washington, D.C. I do not think it was a waste of taxpayer money. Our area has grown and we need infrastructure improvements, be it water, sewer, highways etc. and if there are federal dollars available, good! He is a breath of fresh air compared to our Congressman, Tom McClintock, who wants to build the $10 billion Auburn Dam. Now there’s a waste of taxpayer money! This dam is the equivalent of the “bridge to nowhere,” money spent on pure foolishness. If you don’t believe me, talk to a qualified engineer or geologist. I would also like to thank Councilman Kevin Hanley for his “no” vote on the approval of Phase I of the Baltimore Ravine project. The Auburn City Council voted 4 to 1 to move forward. He presented his reasons for his no vote in a logical, thoughtful and sensible manner. He felt the city of Auburn was moving too fast, the analysis on impacts to the surrounding communities was not thorough enough. He questioned the size of the project and he was concerned about the potentially dangerous traffic conditions this development would create on many surrounding roads. His comments were “right on.” He was not totally against the project, but felt the city needed to move cautiously and identify solutions first. I agree. Thank you Supervisor Holmes and Councilman Hanley for doing your jobs responsibly! Elinor Petuskey, Newcastle