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Monday, Aug. 20, 2007 | You’re guilty of manufacturing a story where there isn’t one. Supervisor Pam Slater-Price is an excellent elected official, with high standards, working hard for the benefit of the citizens of San Diego County, and looking far forward as she takes action, instead of the short-sighted, ego-driven decisions by most of our elected politicians.

There is nothing illegal or funny-smelling about the campaign contributions you give as examples, with the possible exception of one. Supervisor Slater-Price is the best supporter of arts and culture, no doubt, and she should get more headlines and kudos for that, not criticism.

If you want to do a real story, do it on the thousands and thousands of volunteers and the work they accomplish throughout the county, which benefit all of us. Do it on the non-profits, most of whom struggle on a monthly basis to stay alive and continue the work that they do. A great deal what they do used to be performed by our government, or should be done by our government.

Instead, we support them, through our own individual contributions, our own volunteer hours, and what public money we can convince elected officials to send our way.

Let me reiterate: the real story, and a new one every week for years, would be the amount of work that is accomplished by non-profits, and how their work directly benefits many citizens. Rob Davis and voiceofsandiego.org could perform a real service by spotlighting a different non-profit, at least each month.

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