I read with interest the "Diary of a First-Time Candidate" (Dec. 1) and note two observations by Cindy Miller, regarding which I would like to comment.
Permit me first to point out that my participation in the political process began at the age of 8 or 9 when my father was active in campaigns and . . . became a candidate for City Council. Since that time, I have licked envelopes, walked precincts, managed campaigns, served as staff in statewide efforts and participated as a candidate in local school board elections.
First, Cindy has identified something that very few people ever come to appreciate. That is, the tremendous effort and sacrifice that those in public life endure. Believe me, it is not all pep rallies and cocktail parties.
Second, it is her observation that "it's such a silly, devious game at times. Everybody lies." I hope that what she means is that all candidates for the Palos Verdes School Board lied. Even limited to that small field, the comment is a depressing one.