Fees for ballot pitch out of line

The following individuals and organizations deserve either
CHEERS or JEERS this week:
The following individuals and organizations deserve either CHEERS or JEERS this week:

JEERS: For the ridiculous jump in fees charged to candidates running in local elections who would like to submit a ballot statement. A candidate for Gilroy School Board this November will have to shell out $1,710 to have a short ballot statement included in the voter pamphlet. That about triples the previous fee, which was already getting out of line. And the fee to run for the Gavilan Community College Board is worse, about $3,000. Our government should be encouraging democracy, not throwing up financial roadblocks that make becoming a candidate for local office a luxury.

CHEERS: For 13-year-old Devin Collins, the young Gilroy Eagle Scout who collected six full donation barrels, more than 100 letters and $300 in cash for the troops in Iraq. Collins delivered the goods to the American Red Cross which runs Operation Care and Comfort last week. What a great example of the best of Gilroy youth.

JEERS: For all muss and fuss over West Nile virus. This is not the Black Plague. People are not dying. If you’re worried, go out and buy a $500 propane-powered mosquito killer. Otherwise, rest easy.

CHEERS: For Robyn Lesnewsky, who is retiring from her job as the administrative secretary for Gilroy’s Economic Development Corporation after eight years. The EDC has been an important asset to Gilroy’s financial health. Our thanks are in order.

CHEERS: For Sam Bozzo and Gene Sakahara, chefs, humorists and tireless promoters of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. The duo’s latest creation, the Festival Fried Garlic Bologna Sandwich made its debut at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in San Jose Tuesday. We’ll reserve judgment until after a festival taste test, but the Saka-Bozzo Show once again hit a home run for the festival by keeping Gilroy’s signature event in front of the media eye.

CHEERS: For the July 23 Garlic Festival. Only a week to go. Volunteers are primed, and Gilroy will be ready.

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