Letters to the Editor

Volume VI Number 30
July 30 - August 5, 1998

Generosity Makes Sun Shine for Larry Taylor

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

The Taylor family sincerely thanks your readers for the generous outpouring of love and generosity at the Larry Taylor Sunshine Fundraiser on Sunday, July 19.

We appreciate so much your help at New Bay Times and the generous contributors such as Bill Bagdasian and Adams the Place for Ribs, Don Perkins and Katcef Bros., WYRE, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Jack and Jill Power, Roger and Ginger Ball, the Boys in the Band, the Osborne Family of Musicians and the many, many volunteers.

The response has been overwhelming: The Sunshine Fund has received in excess of $15,000!

-Sara Taylor for The Taylor Family

Rooney Strikes Again

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

I want to thank you for the very fair coverage you provided my opponent and me in your last issue [July 16-22]. As I have traveled through the district (visiting over 3,300 homes now), my lasting impressions have been first, that our communities are full of really nice people and second, that they want to know for what the candidates stand. Your concise article helps get that message out.

I would like to make two short amplifying comments.

My opponent questioned how much I know about government. One thing I am sure of is that we are represented by another very powerful Democrat in the legislature, the Senate leader. It is very hard for me to believe that we could lose such an important road project because of one vote cast without at least the tacit approval of the Senate leader. If the Senate leader is going to fight to fund a specific road project in his district, I doubt if the governor is going to cross him. Maybe we aren't being as well represented as he would have us believe.

Besides, after my opponent (and the Senate leader's) vote for the expenditure of $300 million of taxpayers' money on football stadiums, they grew almost over night; yet I still don't see too much activity at the Rt. 4 and 260 intersection.

Later in the article, my opponent seems to imply that my qualifications for running are questionable since my wife, my four children and I have only lived here 10 years. I have met a lot of intelligent, insightful, very qualified, new residents while door knocking these past 18 months. I'm sure any one of them would make an excellent addition to the state legislature. I doubt they are very pleased to read that the current delegate questions their qualifications as he does mine.

Please stay tuned, it is proving to be a most interesting race.

-Joe Rooney, Tracey's Landing


Editor's note: Joe Rooney is challenging Del. George Owings in District 27 B.

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