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Positions Are 'Not for Sale'

April 03, 1988

I found Jan Hall's "hit piece" mailer against Mayor Ernie Kell to be insulting to me and embarrassing to our city. She claimed that Long Beach is "for sale" and commission positions are being bought with political favors and contributions. How ridiculous!

Shame on you, Jan, for castigating all the fine men and women who donate their time and talents to the service of our city. Is being elected mayor so important that you are willing to besmirch the good character of so many people?

When I was asked to serve on the Airport Advisory Commission by my city councilman, no favors were offered and none expected. My appointment was unanimously confirmed by the City Council, with both Ernie Kell and Jan Hall voting in my favor. Since then I have given many hours to this public service, all without compensation or the hint of political reward. Not once--until now--has my integrity been questioned or my independence been challenged.

Jan Hall owes an apology to those of us who have freely given our time and energies to our city.

TOM COSGROVE

Long Beach

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