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Speaking Out on Orange County Elections : Campaign Mailer on Pollution of Harbor

November 06, 1988

As an observer of Newport Beach elections for the past 32 years, I have never seen anything as reprehensible as the campaign mailers from the political action committee calling itself Newport 2000.

Their piece titled "Feces on the Bay--Newport Politics, It Stinks" is a new low in ruthless, truthless campaigning in this community. Bay water is not hazardous to health. Ask the County Health Department. Bay water quality is improving. Ask the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The incumbent City Council members have been unanimous and effective in support of clean water measures. Singling out re-election candidates John Cox and Ruthelyn Plummer, as if they should be blamed for a condition that does not exist, is the worst kind of deception.

If this political garbage has the blessings of candidates Paul Ryckoff, the founder of Newport 2000, ask what are his standards of accuracy, decency and fairness? If it doesn't, how does he excuse his association with its sponsors?

ROBERT SHELTON

Corona Del Mar

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