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What do political signs reveal about a candidate? Compare Steve Madrone and incumbent Ryan Sundberg running for Fifth District supervisor.

Much can be learned about a candidate's supporters by the energy and creativity going into political signs, and by their placement.

Notice the wonderful hand-painted plywood signs around McKinleyville, Trinidad and Blue Lake supporting Steve Madrone. Local artists have donated their time and talent. Supplies were offered as personal donations.

Day by day, more Madrone lawn signs appear in the yards of our neighbors.

By contrast, our current Supervisor Sundberg seems to have placed many of his large signs on business-owned properties, including vacant lots with commercial signs saying "lot for sale", "lot for lease" or "acreage to build."

Might sign placements indicate who each of these candidates represents?

If you want a supervisor who will represent all our interests, vote for Steve Madrone on June 5.

Joanne Fornes, McKinleyville


In the April 23 debate between the candidates for Fifth District county supervisor, Ryan Sundberg claimed that he never supported the Mercer-Fraser marijuana refinery next to our Mad River water supplies. But Mercer-Fraser had the permit request in by 2015, and it depended on exactly the re-designation of the land that Ryan supported in the GPU 20 months later. What does this say about Ryan's due diligence before green lighting a project he didn't want?

We will need better diligence to protect us from Mercer-Fraser's asphalt plant in Big Lagoon, which features the same "butter crumb plant" that created a public health nuisance near Outlet Creek in Mendocino, resulting in hefty fines, partly because Mercer-Fraser defied agency attempts to abate it.

Steve Madrone specializes in looking at issues in depth, keeping the interests of the whole community in mind rather than "special interests." He has my vote.

Meighan O'Brien, McKinleyville


After attending the Fifth District supervisor candidate forum on April 23 in McKinleyville ("So Many Questions," April 26), all I can say is hooray for Madrone!

While I sincerely appreciate what Ryan Sundberg has done for McKinleyville, and how he has responded to some neighborhood concerns, he has had eight long years and I think it's time to look at bigger issues with the life experience and imagination that Madrone has.

Steve Madrone has been around for a long time and has been a quiet and steady mover in much that has happened in Humboldt County. He has demonstrated the ability to work productively with people from different perspectives because he is willing to take the time necessary to consider varying points of view. I don't want to lose the chance to take advantage of Madrone's knowledge and wide-ranging interests and skills. And I would like to see more balance on the board of supervisors, which I believe Steve Madrone will provide.

Carol Moné, Trinidad



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