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‘News junkie’ supporting Keitz for DA

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I’m a “news junkie”! I watch several TV news channels, get news online and read The Madera Tribune page by page.

Although it’s interesting to read the Tribune’s “Red Line,” I do not like the format of people being able to make comments anonymously, taking “swipes” at individuals, businesses, political candidates or government officials. If you truly believe and stand behind your comments I think you should be grown up enough to take responsibility for them.

Case in point is the Red Line of Tuesday, March 18. There was one comment about Gary Svanda and his candidacy for Madera County assessor questioning his experience and qualifications to be the assessor. Another comment that date was regarding District Attorney Michael Keitz. It’s really convenient to give a one-sided view of each situation, leaving out important facts when you can do it without attaching your name. It makes me suspect that those “Red Line” articles may have been “planted” by Mr. Svanda’s and Mr. Keitz’s political rivals.

Because I want to be an informed voter I’ve attended several debates, including the district attorney debate in Oakhurst mentioned by the March 18 Red Line writer. DA Keitz concisely stated his qualifications to continue to be the Madera County DA, including his law enforcement experience and the increase in his office’s conviction rate. I like that Mr. Keitz gave credit to his staff for the good work being done in the DA’s office. He also answered questions about the Rowley Report. Unlike his opponents (Miranda Neal and David Linn) Mr. Keitz did not “bash” the other candidates but instead laid out his own experience and qualifications to be reelected as our DA.

Candidate David Linn is a defense attorney with no prosecution experience. Candidate Miranda Neal kept saying what she “would do” as the DA. It’s a long ways from what Ms. Neal “would do” to being able to “get it done.”

After much consideration, I’m supporting Michael Keitz for DA and I’m putting my name on it.

Barbara Thomasson,


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