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Politics played a part in letter

March 02, 2013

I find it ironic that letter-writer Roberta Medford is upset to see Mike Mohill’s posters flourish up and down Honolulu Avenue and elsewhere (“Not a fan of what Mohill stands for,” Mailbag, Feb. 13). She states that businesses should not express their politics and that shopkeepers risk turning customers away with partisanship.

Where was Medford when former councilman John Drayman, the unofficial mayor of Montrose, ran for office and had posters all over town? Did she object then? Where is Drayman today?

Medford should be asking the same shopkeepers who had Drayman’s posters in their windows why today are they willing to display Mohill’s posters. Is it Mohill’s straight talk about the continued high cost of water, electricity, building permits, outdoor dining fees, etc.? These risk takers often work six to seven days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day and struggle in today’s economy, with only a meager profit margin. Mohill informs the merchants their fees and taxes are to help pay for city employees’ retirement pensions, with some of those pensions upward of $100,000 and $200,000 annually.

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It seems Medford’s opinion about who can and cannot put political posters in a merchant’s window can only depend on one’s politics.

Frank and Bonnie Tortorelli
Glendale

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