Letter: McPherson has local history
by Emily Cress
May 31, 2012 | 1369 views | 6 6 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

Michael Burns wrote matching letters to the Press-Banner and Santa Cruz Sentinel last week (“Hammer understands district’s needs,” Letters, May 25) suggesting that a 1972 supervisorial race between Pat Liteky and Hoot Cress was a mandate between a San Lorenzo Valley candidate and a Scotts Valley candidate. And, therefore, a modern-day mandate on who best understands the San Lorenzo Valley.

Mr. Burns has his history wrong. In fact, Hoot Cress was a longtime San Lorenzo Valley resident. Like Bruce McPherson, he was descended from San Lorenzo Valley pioneers. Elected to four terms as supervisor, he lived and worked in Boulder Creek all his life.

Hoot was instrumental in opening Mount Hermon Road to the valley. He was always an ardent supporter of the valley community. During times of disaster, he would get out and walk the towns and hillsides helping people with their electricity and gas and making sure they were OK. He was a real environmentalist; he cared deeply about the environment and lived by example.

Like Hoot’s, Bruce McPherson’s roots in the San Lorenzo Valley go way back to the turn of the century. Dr Mahlon McPherson was our family doctor. My mother was one of his first patients. Dr. McPherson brought me, my sister and brother, nieces and nephews into this world. Bruce’s great-uncle Duncan Jr. was the town attorney of Boulder Creek. His maternal grandparents Mernie and Mae Hodges were longtime residents of Ben Lomond. His great-grandfather Duncan McPherson helped form Big Basin State Park.

Please vote for Bruce McPherson, a longtime advocate for the San Lorenzo Valley, the environment and working families. I feel he is a good candidate who has been to Sacramento, knows the political field, knows the valley and all of the 5th District. And he is an intelligent gentleman who has his history correct.

Emily Cress, Boulder Creek

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no way
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June 05, 2012
Burns wasn't the only one who did that (submit the same letter to multiple outlets)... at least he had the courage to admit his mistake, unfortunately only THIS forum provided his retraction/correction.
Frank Larder
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June 01, 2012
What a cool letter from Mrs. Cress. Thanks Emily!
no way
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June 05, 2012
Canned- we can't have objectivity in this election now can we?
Susan Hammer
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June 01, 2012
There is a lot of static and some nasty rumors regarding all the candidates in this most important race for 5th District Supervisor. I wish to encourage you all to watch all or even any random 20 minutes of this candidates forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Valley Women's Club, so that you can inform your vote. Ann Wise did a beautiful job moderating this clear and informative forum. The forum will give you the opportunity to hear each of the candidates offer their views and plans first hand, allowing you to make your own decision.

This critical race can be won by one vote, so please make yours count.

With great respect for you all,

Susan

http://www.communitytv.org/programs/online/5th-district-supervisor-candidate-forum
Canned
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June 01, 2012
Spam.
Boulder Betty
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June 01, 2012
Great letter from a wonderful woman. Bless you Emily Cress.


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