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<b>Immigrant licenses</b>

EDITOR: Regarding the article on immigrant driver's licenses ("Feds say California immigrant driver's license needs tweaks," May 7): It would be helpful for immigrants to drive legally because it is so necessary for getting to work, school and other required activities.

Many illegal immigrants drive without a license. When they are stopped by the police, their cars are impounded and stored for up to a month, amassing fines of up to $1,500. All of this seems so unfair because the illegal immigrants are willing to do hard jobs that U.S. citizens choose not to want to do.

It is very disappointing that the new licenses will be distinctively different from the usual California driver's license, alerting prospective employers and everyone else that this person is an illegal immigrant, most times preventing the person from being hired for the position.

I understand the national security issues, but I believe the distinctively different licenses will only cause unlicensed illegal immigrants to remain unlicensed.

MARGARITA GARCIA

Petaluma

<b>A state-owned bank</b>

EDITOR: California needs more money. With an important June 3 primary looming, it is time to act. Laura Wells for controller and Ellen Brown for treasurer are just what California needs.

Both of these beautiful young women are committed to a state-owned bank of California. That would save California billions of dollars. Sorry, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan.

Banking is not that hard. However, there is a lot of profit built into it that California could save by having a state-owned bank as North Dakota does.

Please take this opportunity to vote Laura Wells for controller and Ellen Brown for treasurer before the June 3 deadline. Help both of these women make it to the final two for November.

JAMES HINTON

Candidate for House of Representatives, 5th District

<b>Misleading fliers</b>

EDITOR: Two more slick election fliers have been delivered, one of which states that voters should "join us in voting yes on Measure B." The flier contains a long list of "supporters" — first eight politicians who don't vote in the Cotati-Rohnert Park school district because they are not residents. So how can they "join us in voting"?

The flier shows a picture of an "inefficient heating and ventilation system" that would be replaced. That picture is actually a portable classroom that will be replaced in its entirety, not just the system.

This is a typical election-year flier: full of evasive, misleading and deceptive claims and raising unfounded fears. It's difficult to obtain accurate information from the school district. However, if you have Internet access and lots of time, you may find that Measure B, in its current form, borders on fiscal malfeasance, which looks like a symptom of a death spiral for the school district due to long-term financing of short-term maintenance projects.

Measure B needs to eliminate the large maintenance portion and use all of the funds for long-term improvements that improve education and will last as long as the cost of the bond repayments.

DAVID GRUNDMAN

Rohnert Park

<b>Lake's Measure N</b>

EDITOR: People are still confused about Lake County's Measure N. If Measure N passes on June 3, the marijuana ordinance the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed in December becomes the ordinance that limits how and where marijuana can be grown in unincorporated areas of the county.

If Measure N fails, the county has no ordinance to control marijuana growing (the old interim ordinance expires in early July).

To find out why voting yes on Measure N is so important to the peace and safety of county residents and visitors, go to VoteYesonN.org and YesonN.info. Measure N protects medical use, but it stops the abusive commercial growing that is poised to destroy Lake County's future.

TOM GUTHRIE

Lakeport