Consider candidates carefully before voting
We need to take special care when voting this year.

Use common sense when voting. Do not believe what the politicians promise. They will say anything to get your vote and then make some excuse as to why they didn't fulfill that promise.

Most politicians, from the president's office down to your local politicians, will lie just to save their political careers. Remember the administration before George W. Bush, when denials of wrongdoing were almost an everyday event.

When voting, check credentials and the track record on votes that benefit the people. Most politicians could care less what happens to us after they are elected.

Investigate how much experience the candidates have, to be helpful for the country to stay strong. When they make promises, ask them how they are going keep them. Anyone can say that they will do something without saying how they would do it. The media is in the position to ask how a candidate plans to fulfill his promise. Why don't they?

Some candidates you have never heard of are running for office. Check them out thoroughly. We don't need more liars with false promises.

One more thing: It seems that the person with the most money can campaign all around the country and possibly get more votes. Let's get back to the honesty and integrity of the person you want to vote for.

Harvey M. Edwards Barstow

The mayor is just one vote among five
The City Council works on the "majority rule." Simply put, it takes three votes to get anything done or not done! For any one person to single out any one council member and/or the mayor, for things getting done or not getting done, is the one individual who is the most uninformed.

The mayor simply has one vote, just like the other four council members. It appears to me that he is the council member who has the most influence, does the most homework, works the most amount of hours and is obviously the most respected by the majority of the current elected council.

If the citizens of Barstow are not satisfied with the way things are going, 2008 is a big year, there are two council seats for grabs as well as the mayor's seat.

Paul A. Courtney Barstow